Darktable is a great tool to work with RAW image files. Unlike Lightroom which is only available for Windows and macOS, Darktable is a cross-platform tool, available for Windows, macOS and Linux. The use of Darktable is pretty similar to Lightroom. You can use it as a photo management tool as well as RAW processing tool whereby you can make photo adjustments and basic editing.
One of the basic things you need to learn if you are new to Darktable is how to export the RAW files you are editing to other formats such as JPG.
Darktable itself is a non-destructive image editing tool. Which means, all the changes you made won’t really be applied until you export your images. Darktable uses a
.xmpfile to store the edit information. In Darktable, you can export multiple images at once.
To export images in Darktable, you need to be on the lighttable mode.
Then, select an image you want to export. If you want to export multiple images at once, you can press and hold the CTRL button on your keyboard while selecting the images you want to export with your mouse. Once you have selected the images, you can then click the “export selected” menu on the right panel.
As you can see, there are several parameters you need to set before starting to export. First, you need to set the export destination on the “target storage” section. Darktable allows you to directly upload the exported images to Google Photos and Flickr. If you want to store the exported images to your computer hard drive you can select the “file on disk” option.
Another important parameter you need to set is file format. Darktable provides several options of file format. In addition to JPG, you can also select other formats like PDF, PNG, TIFF and WebP. You can also specify the quality of the images you want to export.
Once you done setting the parameters, you can then click the “export” button on the bottom of the panel.
Done, you can now use your images.