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The PP3 files are not actual image files but "processing profiles". When I was using RawTherapee one year ago when I got started in photography, I figured out that the .pp3 files are rather files that contain the information of your edits in RawTherapee for each imported photo. Technically, they are called sidecar files, and they are like the .xmp files ...


No, they aren't. PP3 does not save photographs, it saves processing instructions. They are only for use within Rawtherapee so that it can reprocess the image in the same manner it did last time. Use C-s to save in some actual photo format like JPEG.

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