Re: [Gimp-user] Image luminosity

On 03/10/2018 03:55 AM, Ofnuts wrote:
On 03/07/18 15:10, WMusc wrote:
Something like:

Color>Desaturate (luminosity) and check the average or median in the
Histogram dialog.
Thanks for the tip. Do you know whether that approach provides the mean (median, etc.) luminosity value before or after desaturation? It looks to apply the effect so it's unclear to me. If the program applies it uniformly across all images I may be able to use it as a proxy for luminosity but would like to avoid
that if possible.

I expect Color>Desaturate>Luminosity to not change the luminosity of the pixel. The grey value after is normally the luminosity you would have computed from the RGB components you have in the initial image.

This said, in 2018 I'm surprised you are engaging in such manual labor. Find someone (intern?) to write a small program that will extract all these data directly from the image files and create a spreadsheet with the results.

Before finding an intern to write a program, it might be a good idea to figure out whether the metrics you've decided to extract are actually useful to the task at hand. Garbage in/garbage out, as I've been trying to say over in the thread on this topic:

As far as extracting information from an image, ImageMagick might be a better choice than GIMP - more available metrics, though again it's an open question as to whether any of the metrics actually help you decide whether an image is "too this" or "not enough that". Remember the red square in the middle of an otherwise solid gray image that I posted to the thread - the relative luminance of the red square is exactly the same as the relative luminance of the background, but I'm fairly sure just about everyone will say the red square is "brighter", as indeed it according to the definition of "brightness" used in current color appearance models.

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