Tonemapping produces Artifacts on soft edges
As the attached sample file shows, the tonemmapping module produces stepping and other artifacts on edges and some gradients.
This affects many situations, for exampe most images containing trees in front of a bright sky.
#1 Updated by Ulrich Pegelow about 5 years ago
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Our tonemapping module uses Durand's algorithm from 2002 which involves a bilateral filter. It's a known shortcoming that it produces artifacts along strong aliased edges ([[http://cybertron.cg.tu-berlin.de/pdci09/hdr_tonemapping/tonemapping.html ]]).
Your example image is a typical case with strong aliasing due to the rather low resolution.
There seem to be some options for an improvement of the algorithm. I might have a look, but this will really take some time.
Recommendation: please try alternative modules like "global tonemap" and "shadows and highlights" which might also serve your purpose.