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GIMP 2.10.20 Released with Better PSD Support

Last updated: June 13, 2020

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GIMP image editor 2.10.20 was released a few days ago with some new features as well as important bug-fixes.

GIMP 2.10.20 release highlights according to the release note:

  • Tool-group menus can now expand on hover
  • Non-destructive cropping now available by cropping the canvas rather than actual pixels
  • Better PSD support: exporting of 16-bit files now available, reading/writing channels in the right order
  • On-canvas controls for the Vignette filter
  • New filters: Bloom, Focus Blur, Lens Blur, Variable Blur
  • Blending options now built into filter dialogs
  • Over 30 bugfixes

How to Install GIMP 2.10.20 in Ubuntu:

Ubuntu PPA:

It seems that the otto’s PPA is not being updated, while it’s still at v2.10.14.

Snap package:

The community maintained GIMP Snap package is still v2.10.18 at the moment. If you’ve installed it on your system, it will be auto-updated once the new package published.

Flatpak package:

GIMP 2.10.20 Flatpak package was made into flathub repository on June 7 once the source tarball was available. You can install it by running following commands one by one in terminal:

1.) Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to install flatpak:

sudo apt install flatpak

2.) Add the flathub repository by running command:

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub

3.) Finally install GIMP flatpak via command:

flatpak install flathub org.gimp.GIMP

(Optional) To update installed GIMP Flatpak package, run command:

flatpak update org.gimp.GIMP

To remove GIMP flatpak package, run command:

flatpak uninstall org.gimp.GIMP

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GIMP image editor 2.10.18 was released a day ago with new features and usability improvements. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu.

Due to a critical bug, v2.10.16 was skipped and GIMP 2.10.18 was released with following release highlights:

  • Tools now grouped in the toolbox by default.
  • Sliders now have a compact style by default.
  • Vastly improved user experience for the transformation preview
  • Dockable areas now highlighted when a dockable dialog is being dragged
  • New 3D Transform tool to rotate and pan items
  • Much smoother brush outline preview motion on the canvas
  • Symmetry painting enhancements
  • Faster loading of ABR brushes
  • PSD support improvements
  • Consolidated user interface for merging down and anchoring layers
  • Update check to notify users of new releases available
  • Various bug-fixes, and translation updates.

Install GIMP 2.10.18 in Ubuntu:

Neither the PPA repository nor GIMP Snap package are updated to v2.10.18 at the moment of writing.

However, GIMP Flatpak package has been updated for Ubuntu 18.04 and higher. Simply open terminal from application menu and run following commands one by one:

  • 1. Install flatpak framework:
    sudo apt install flatpak

  • 2. Add flathub repository:
    flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub

  • 3. Install GIMP flatpak package:
    flatpak install flathub org.gimp.GIMP

  • 4. If an old GIMP Flatpak version was installed, update it via command:
    flatpak update flathub org.gimp.GIMP

GIMP Flatpak co-exists with Snap and native .deb packages. Run command to start it if you have more than one GIMP icon, and don’t know which one to run.

flatpak run org.gimp.GIMP

Uninstall GIMP Flatpak package:

To remove the flatpak package, simply run command:

flatpak uninstall flathub org.gimp.GIMP

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GIMP image editor 2.10.14 now is made into Ubuntu PPA, available for Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.04, Ubuntu 19.10, Linux Mint 19.x.

GIMP image editor 2.10.14 was released more than a week ago with following changes according to the release note:

  • Basic out-of-canvas pixels viewing and editing
  • Optional editing of layers with disabled visibility
  • Foreground Select tool: new Grayscale Preview Mode
  • Newly added Normal Map filter
  • 27 old filters ported to use GEGL buffers
  • HEIF, TIFF, and PDF support improvements
  • Better loading of corrupted XCF files
  • Grayscale workflows order of magnitude faster
  • macOS Catalina compatibility
  • 45 bugfixes, 22 translation updates

How to Install GIMP 2.10.14 in Ubuntu:

Otto kesselgulasch updated the Ubuntu PPA today with the latest packages along with all dependency libraires.

1.) Open terminal either from application menu or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) when it prompts and hit Enter to continue.

2.) If an old version was installed on your Ubuntu, upgrade it via Software Updater:

or simply run commands to install or upgrade GIMP:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install gimp

3. (Optional) For any reason, you can downgrade GIMP to the stock version by purging the Ubuntu PPA via command:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp

Or you can manage the Ubuntu PPA via Software & Updates -> Other Software tab.

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GIMP image editor 2.10.10 was released on Sunday with new features, optimizations, and stability fixes.

GIMP 2.10.10 release highlights:

  • Line art detection in the Bucket Fill tool for comic artists
  • Various usability improvements in transformation tools
  • Sample Merged option added to the Heal tool and fixed in the Clone tool
  • Parametric brushes now have 32-bit per channel precision
  • Easier brush and pattern creation workflow
  • On-canvas layer selection
  • Faster saving/exporting and layer groups rendering
  • Initial DDS support
  • Many improvements in GEGL, the image processing engine

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How to Install the latest GIMP in Ubuntu:

GIMP 2.10.10 packages will be available in both PPA repository and Snap store (CHECK the links before getting started) in a few days.

Install GIMP via Snap in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 18.04 and higher, simply install the snap package from Ubuntu Software (See picture above).

For Ubuntu 16.04, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run following 2 commands one by one:

sudo apt-get install snapd

sudo snap install gimp

The snap co-exists with native Ubuntu package, you’ll have two GIMP icons in app launcher if both were installed.

Install GIMP via PPA in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 18.04 and Ubuntu 18.10, you can upgrade the native Ubuntu package using PPA repository.

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut or by searching for ‘terminal’ from application launcher. When it opens, run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) for sudo prompt and hit Enter to continue.

2. After that, launch Software Updater (Update Mananger) and upgrade GIMP after checking for updates:


To remove the GIMP snap packge, either use Ubuntu Softwrae or open terminal and run command

sudo snap remove gimp

To purge the PPA repository as well as downgrade GIMP to its stock version, run command:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp

GIMP 2.10.8 Released with Fixes and Improvements

Last updated: November 11, 2018

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GIMP image editor 2.10.8 was released yesterday with rendering improvements, various bug-fixes and plugins ported to new iterator API in GEGL.

GIMP 2.10.8 announcement is not ready at the moment. Here’s the changes according to the NEWS file:

  • Use adaptive chunk size instead in GimpProjection when rendering the projection asynchronously, to provide a better trade-off between throughput and responsiveness dynamically, based on how fast the processing is.
  • In all selection tools, show error on attempt to subtract-from/intersect-with empty selection.
  • Fix text along path not working with vertical text.
  • Fix Text tool’s frame position when undoing a move operation.
  • Streamline Text tool’s drawing blocking/unblocking logic.
  • When moving a text layer using the text tool (through alt+drag), don’t change the layer’s box mode to “fixed”, which is unnecessary, since the layer’s size isn’t affected.
  • Transform and deformation operations now maintain color for fully transparent pixels, making unerase and curves manipulation of alpha channel more reliable.
  • All transform tools now apply changes when you save or export/overwrite an image without pressing Enter first to confirm changes.
  • Fix wrong application position when painting on a drawable whose origin is above/to the left of the image’s origin, and there’s a selection active.
  • Port all plug-ins to the new iterator API in GEGL.
  • Improve automatic detection of HEIC/HEIF files.
  • Improve RawTherapee discovery by looking up registry key

How to Install GIMP 2.10.8 in Ubuntu:

The latest GIMP Ubuntu packages will be available via following 3 ways: (Be patient, the packages will be available in a few days):

Method 1. Otto Meier’s PPA maintains most recent GIMP packages for Ubuntu 18.04 and Ubuntu 18.10.

Adding the PPA (open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T and run command) allows to upgrade the stock GIMP version to the latest.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp

Method 2. GIMP also available Snap, containerized software package, for Ubuntu 16.04 and higher.

You can check available GIMP snap package version via command: snap find gimp.

To install the snap package, simply search for and install GIMP snap from Ubuntu Software. Or run command in terminal:

snap install gimp

Method 3. GIMP flatpak, containerized software package, is available for Ubuntu 16.04 and higher. See HERE for details.