Updated: 14 September 2018

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**pamaltsat**
[**-method** *name*]
[**-strength** *number*]
[**-linear**]
[*infile*]

This program is part of
**Netpbm**(1).

**pamaltsat** decreases or increases the saturation of a Netpbm image by
one of various non-standard (*alt*ernative) methods.

The input is a Netpbm image from Standard Input or a file named by the arguments. The output is a Netpbm image in the same format written to Standard Output.

The most conventional way to change the saturation of an image is what
**pambrighten** does.

To increase saturation by a factor of 2.1 using the logarithmic method:

pamaltsat -method log -strength 2.1 test.ppm

To convert a color image to grayscale:

pamaltsat -strength 0 test.ppm

The following saturation methods are available.

This saturation model is inspired by the concept of
**color integrity**(1),
which works with color in terms of intensity ratios, where intensity is a
value of the
luminosity function
, rather than brightness, or the numerical value of the sample in
the image file. From this viewpoint, it is natural to define the saturation
of a color as the ratio of maximum and minimum intensities of its primary
components. In order, however, to make saturation an additive value and to
endow the **-strength** parameter with the semantics of a multiplier,
it is convenient to operate on the logarithm of that ratio. The addition of
such saturations acquires physical sense, and multiplication corresponds to
the raising of intensity to the power of the multiplier.

With this method, **pamaltsat** raises the intensity of each component
to the power of the **strength** value. Since the total intensity of the
resulting color will differ from that of the original, it is necessary to
restore the intensity by multiplying the component intensities of the
saturated color by the ratio of the intensity of the original color to that of
the saturated color.

Although it is always possible to decrease saturation by any given factor,
there are two cases where it cannot be increased. When the total intensity
(or brightness) of a color is too high for the desired
saturation, **pamaltsat** applies the maximum possible saturation that
keeps the original intensity. For example, any color with at least one
component at the maxiumum is already fully saturated. When one of the primary
components is zero, the definition of saturation given above no longer works
because of a zero in the denominator. **pamaltsat** offers no special
treatment of this situation because it does not create discontinuities and
therefore produces no visible defects at reasonable strength levels. When,
however, strength approaches infinity, each color tends to its primary
component with the highest intensity.

This method was invented by Anton Shepelev.

This is the default method. It treats color as a spectrum with three
bands: one for the intensity of each primary component. Since neutral gray
has a uniform (constant) spectrum, saturation can be measured as the
difference of the spectrum of the given color from the uniform spectrum of the
same total intensity. The spectral method uses one of the simplest measures
of such a difference: the difference between the highest and lowest component
intensities, which is an additive value and therefore amenable to
multiplication with good physical sense. Although a complete hue-saturation
model can be dervied from this approach, **pamaltsat** need not concern
itself with it because it always preserves both hue and total intensity.

In order to change saturation, **pamaltsat** first multiplies the
intensity of each component by the desired strength. The saturation of the
result is the strength times the saturation of the original, and likewise the
total intensity, but it is then restored by subtraction of the neutral gray
with a suitable intensity.

The effect of this method on each component intensity may be expressed in the following equation:

<span style="font-family: monospace"> sat = orig * strength - Iorig * (strength - 1) </span>where <span style="font-family: monospace">sat</span> is the saturated sample, <span style="font-family: monospace">orig</span> the original sample, and <span style="font-family: monospace">Iorig</span> the total intensity of the original color.

The method is also related to color integrity because both its operations are part of that concept: multiplication of component intensities by the same quotient is an important operation because changes brightness but keeps color balance, and subtraction of a constant from all component intensities is described by the inventor of color integrity as 'subtraction of white.'

This procedure may produce both negative and over-unity component
intensities. For such samples, **pamaltsat** decreases the strength to the
highest value that keeps the resulting color in range.

This method was invented by Anton Shepelev.

In addition to the options common to all programs based on libnetpbm
(most notably **-quiet**, see

Common Options
), **pamaltsat** recognizes the following
command line options:

**-method***method*-
specifies the saturation method to use:
The default is **spectrum**This specifies a real nonnegative factor whereby to modify saturation. A value greater than unity will increase saturation, whereas a value less than unity will decrease it. Unity will leave the image unchanged, and zero will produce greyscale output according to Rec 709.

**pamaltsat**preserves the total intensity of each pixel and neveraffects neutral gray pixels. This option is mandatory. **-linear**This tells **pamaltsat**that the input is the intensity-linearvariation of a Netpbm image forat, in which the samples are proportional to light intensity rather than to brightness, as they are in true-or gamma-adjusted- Netpbm image formats. Since **pamaltsat**does not affect neutral colors, you should adjustthe color balance before saturation. You can do this with **pamlevels**.

**pamaltsat**is written with an eye to extending it with new saturationmethods, which programmers are welcome to contribute. The only requirement is that every new method depend on a single strength parameter with the semantics described under the **-strength**command-line option., , This program was first submitted by Anton Shepelev ( *anton.txt@gmail.com*).**pamaltsat**was new in Netpbm 10.84 (September 2018).

SYNOPSIS DESCRIPTION EXAMPLES SATURATION METHODS OPTIONS USAGE NOTES EXTENSIBILITY SEE ALSO AUTHOR HISTORY This manual page was generated by the Netpbm tool 'makeman' from HTML source. The master documentation is at