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Photoflare, a free open-source image editor inspired by PhotoFiltre, released version 1.6.6 a day ago with stability improvements and bug-fixes.

Changes in Photoflare 1.6.6 include:

  • Fixed warning dialog showing on uppercase image formats.
  • Fixed selecting Batch filters with no filter selected causes a crash.
  • Fixed Eraser Tool setting should not be called Radius.
  • Fixed Eraser Tool not making use of your secondary color.
  • Fixed issue with semi opaque images and filters.
  • Fixed crash if restarting the app via Preferences dialog and files are still open.
  • Fixed Undo history not being cleared after closing a file.
  • Fixed SprayCan Tool allowing 1 pixel as radius value.
  • Fixed Smudge Tool allowing 1 pixel as radius value.
  • Fixed file preview limits too small on NewDialog.
  • Fixed text size of zero being allowed in the TextDialog.
  • Fixed crash when using color threshold filter on smaller images.
  • Fixed crash when closing the TransparentDialog.
  • Russian comment and Generic name added to Desktop file.
  • Fixed loading of local translation files.
  • Fixed flood fill not working with transparent image formats.
  • Full Russian translation.

How to Install Photoflare in Ubuntu:

The software has a stable PPA which so far contains the latest packages for Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 20.10, and Linux Mint 19.x / 20.

1.) To add the PPA, open terminal from system application launcher and run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:photoflare/photoflare-stable

2.) After adding PPA, update system package cache and install the image editor via commands:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install photoflare

Uninstall Photoflare:

To remove Photoflare image editor, either use your system package manager or run command in terminal:

sudo apt remove photoflare

And remove the PPA either via Software & Updates under Other Software tab, or by running command:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:photoflare/photoflare-stable

Photoflare is an open-source simple and powerful image editing software inspired by PhotoFiltre.

Photoflare is written in C++ with Qt5 framework. It works on Linux, Windows, and Mac OS, and features basic image editing capabilities, paint brushes, image filters, colour adjustments and more advanced features such as Batch image processing.

Besides the community version, the software also offers studio edition requires to pay for packages.

How to Install Photoflare in Ubuntu:

The software has a stable PPA which so far contains the latest packages for Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 20.04, and Linux Mint 19.x / 20.

1.) To add the PPA, open terminal from system application launcher and run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:photoflare/photoflare-stable

2.) After adding PPA, update system package cache and install the image editor via commands:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install photoflare

Uninstall Photoflare:

To remove Photoflare image editor, either use your system package manager or run command in terminal:

sudo apt remove photoflare

And remove the PPA either via Software & Updates under Other Software tab, or by running command:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:photoflare/photoflare-stable

GIMP, the popular cross-platform image editor, reached 2.10.6 release a day ago with new features, optimizations, and bug-fixes.

GIMP 2.10.6 release highlights:

  • Add support for vertical text (top-to-bottom writing)
  • New filter: Little Planet to create “little planets” from 360×180° equirectangular panorama images.
  • New filter: Long Shadow simplifies creating long shadows in several visual styles.
  • Add vertical straightening support in the Measure tool
  • Rendering most drawable previews asynchronously.
  • Option to disable rendering layer group previews completely (Preferences > Interface > respective checkbox).
  • For more details, see the release note.

GIMP 2.10 Splash

How to Install GIMP 2.10.6 in Ubuntu:

The otto06217’s PPA contains the most recent packages for Ubuntu 18.04 and higher, as usual GIMP 2.10.6 will be available a few days later.

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcuts, or by searching for ‘Terminal’ from app launcher. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

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

Type your password (no visual feedback) when it prompts and hit Enter to continue.

2. After added the PPA, you can upgrade to GIMP 2.10.6 once it’s published via Software Updater (Update Manager):

Or run following commands one by one in terminal to install or upgrade GIMP image editor:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install gimp

How to Restore:

For any reason, you can downgrade to the stock version of GIMP by running following command in terminal to purge the PPA:

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

Install GIMP 2.10.6 flatpak in Ubuntu 16.04 & Higher

For Ubuntu 16.04 and higher, the latest GIMP is also available as flatpak (runs in sandbox) package.

1. Run commands to install Flatpak framework in Ubuntu 16.04 via PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:alexlarsson/flatpak

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install flatpak

Ubuntu 18.04 and higher can skip the first 2 commands since flatpak is available in the universe repository.

2. Install GIMP flatpak application via command:

flatpak install https://flathub.org/repo/appstream/org.gimp.GIMP.flatpakref

Once installed, it will be made available exactly the same way as other applications.

3. (optional) To remove the GIMP flatpak, run command:

flatpak uninstall org.gimp.GIMP

GIMP extra color palettes

GIMP 2.10.2, the first bug-fix release for the GIMP 2.10 series, was released 2 days ago. And now you can easily install it in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 17.10, and derivatives.

GIMP 2.10.2 release highlights:

  • Add HEIF image format support both for loading and export
  • Spherize filter to wrap an image around a spherical cap
  • Recursive Transform filter to create a Droste effect
  • Single-window screenshots improvement for Windows.
  • Histogram computation improvement which eliminates some UI freezes
  • Document update and a total of 44 bug-fixes.

How to Install GIMP 2.10.2 via PPA in Ubuntu:

The new release has been made into PPA repository for Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 17.10.

Ubuntu 16.04 is not supported at the moment due to inextricably Glib dependencies.

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcuts, or by searching for ‘Terminal’ from app launcher. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

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

Type your password (no visual feedback) when it prompts and hit Enter to continue.

2. After added the PPA, you can upgrade to GIMP 2.10.2 from an existing release using Software Updater (Update Manager):

or run commands one by one in terminal to install or upgrade GIMP:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install gimp

Tip: apt update command is not required for Ubuntu 18.04 since it automatically refresh repository caches after adding PPA.

How to Restore:

For any reason, you can restore to the old GIMP 2.8.22 by running following command in terminal to purge the PPA:

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

GIMP extra color palettes

GIMP 2.10, a new major release of the most popular Linux image editing software, was announced a day ago with huge list of changes.

The most notable changes in GIMP 2.10 include:

  • Nearly fully ported to GEGL, allowing high bit depth processing, multi-threaded and hardware accelerated pixel processing, and more.
  • Color management is a core feature now, most widgets and preview areas are color-managed.
  • Many improved tools, and several new and exciting tools, such as the Warp transform, the Unified transform and the Handle transform tools.
  • On-canvas preview for all filters ported to GEGL.
  • Improved digital painting with canvas rotation and flipping, symmetry MyPaint brush support…
  • Support for several new image formats added (OpenEXR, RGBE, WebP, HGT), as well as improved support for many existing formats (in particular more robust PSD importing).
  • Metadata viewing and editing for Exif, XMPIPTC, and DICOM.
  • Basic HiDPI support: automatic or user-selected icon size.
  • New themes for GIMP (Light, Gray, Dark, and System) and new symbolic icons meant to somewhat dim the environment and shift the focus towards content.
  • And more, better, more, and even more awesome! See the release note.

GIMP 2.10 Splash

How to Install GIMP 2.10 via PPA in Ubuntu:

The new release has been made into PPA repository for Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 17.10.

Ubuntu 16.04 is not supported at the moment due to inextricably Glib dependencies.

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcuts, or by searching for ‘Terminal’ from app launcher. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

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

Type your password (no visual feedback) when it prompts and hit Enter to continue.

2. After added the PPA, you can upgrade to GIMP 2.10 from an existing release using Software Updater (Update Manager):

or run commands one by one in terminal to install or upgrade GIMP:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install gimp

Tip: apt update command is not required for Ubuntu 18.04 since it automatically refresh repository caches after adding PPA.

How to Restore:

For any reason, you can restore to the old GIMP 2.8.22 by running following command in terminal to purge the PPA:

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