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GIMP image editor released a new update for its stable 2.10 release series. Here’s what’s new and how to install in Ubuntu.

GIMP 2.10.32 comes with BigTIFF file import/export support, which is an evolution of the original TIFF format allowing files bigger than 4GiB. It also supports for importing 8 and 16-bit CMYK(A) TIFF in this release.

The release also backported the JPEG XL file format support from the 2.99.8 development release. It’s so far only has import ability, though a third-party plugin is available with both import and export support.

Other changes include:

  • New “Flip the image vertically on export” on DDS export dialog.
  • Support loading transparent EPS files
  • Improved support of TGA indexed images with alpha channel
  • new PDB procedure file-bmp-save2 for plugin developer.
  • Add localized glyphs (locl) support for Text tool.
  • on-hover indicator around the eye and link toggles
  • Add “Include mouse pointer” option for Screenshot tool in Windows.

How to Install GIMP 2.10.32 in Ubuntu:

GIMP as Flatpak:

GIMP offers official Linux package via universal Flatpak package.

For, Ubuntu 20.04 and higher, simply press Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal, and run the command below one by one to install it:

  • Install the flatpak daemon via command:
    sudo apt install flatpak
  • Then install GIMP via Flatpak using command:
    flatpak install

Ubuntu PPA:

For those do not like sandboxed applications, I’ve uploaded the new release package into this unofficial PPA for Ubuntu 22.04, Ubuntu 21.10, and Ubuntu 20.04 with amd64 and arm64/armhf CPU architecture types support.

1. First, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. Then run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/gimp

Type user password (no visual feedback) when it asks for sudo authentication and hit Enter to continue.

2. Then, refresh system package cache by running command:

sudo apt update

3. And, finally install or update GIMP using command:

sudo apt install gegl gimp

Or, upgrade GIMP image editor via Software Updater after adding the PPA repository:

NOTE: Due to build failure of libjxl library for arm64. The official JPEG-XL plugin is excluded in this PPA for Ubuntu 20.04. You can however run the command below to install the third-party plugin mentioned above to get .jxl file import/export support.

sudo apt install libjxl-gimp-plugin

Free open-source vector graphics editor Inkscape 1.2 was released a few days ago. Ubuntu, Linux Mint and their based systems can now install the new release via official PPA.

Inkscape 1.2 is a major release with some exciting new features including:

  • Multiple document pages via new Page tool.
  • Editable markers and dash patterns
  • Layers and objects dialog merged
  • New ‘Tiling’ Live Path Effect
  • Redesigned Export dialog .
  • Import SVG images from Open Clipart, Wikimedia Commons and other online sources
  • Selectable object origin for numerical scaling and moving
  • All alignment options in a single dialog
  • Gradient editing in the Fill and Stroke dialog
  • Gradient dithering
  • Updated SVG Font Editor
  • Configurable Tool bar , continuous icon scaling and many more new customization options

See the announcement for more about Inkscape 1.2.

How to Install Inkscape via Ubuntu PPA:

The software provides non-install AppImage package for Linux in its official download page. User can alternatively install the universal Flatpak package from, or get it in Ubuntu Software via Snap package (will be updated soon).

For those prefer the classic .deb package format, the Inkscape PPA was created that contains the software packages for Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 22.04, Ubuntu 21.10 and their derivatives.

1.) Add the Inkscape PPA

Firstly, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, paste the command below and run to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) when it asks for sudo authentication, and hit Enter to continue

2.) Remove old package

To avoid conflict to the previous Inkscape 1.1.x, it’s better to remove the old package first (if installed) by running the command below in terminal:

sudo apt remove --autoremove inkscape

2.) Install / Upgrade Inkscape

And finally install Inkscape 1.2 via command:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install inkscape

After installation, enjoy the new software release by searching for and launching from the Activities overview screen.

How to Uninstall:

If you want to remove Inkscape 1.2 and restore the package to the stock version in your Ubuntu repository, run the command below to purge PPA and downgrade Inkscape:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge

If you just want to remove the image editor, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command:

sudo apt remove --autoremove inkscape

For the Ubuntu PPA, either remove the source line using “Software & Updates” utility under Other Software tab:

or run the command below in a terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove

There are quite a few image editing tools for Linux desktop. ‘Drawing’ is the one that promoted itself a Microsoft Paint alternative for Linux.

The app provides basic editing features, including crop, resize, skew and rotate images, apply simple filters, insert or censor text. As well, it supports for drawing with pencil, straight line, curve tool, many shapes, several brushes, with colors and other common used options.

Drawing. Tools with text

The app is targeted for GNOME, but also works on other desktop, e.g, elementaryOS Pantheon. And, it should also be compatible with the Pinephone and Librem 5 smartphones.

Other features of Drawing include:

  • follow system color (light or dark).
  • support PNG, JPEG, and BMP.
  • Copy to clipboard.
  • Keyboard shortcuts.
  • Undo/Redo.
  • Full-screen mode.

Drawing Dark Mode

How to Install Drawing in Ubuntu:

The app is available in Ubuntu repositories but old! For the latest release, user may use either the Flatpak package, or the Ubuntu PPA.

The Ubuntu PPA so far provides the packages for Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 21.10, and derivatives, e.g., Linux Mint 20.

1. Add the Ubuntu PPA

Firstly, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run the command below to add PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cartes/drawing

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

2. Update package cache:

Ubuntu 18.04 user need to manually refresh package cache after adding new software sources:

sudo apt update

3. Install Drawing:

Finally, install the app via command:

sudo apt install drawing

Remove ‘Drawing’:

To remove the image editing tool, use command:

sudo apt remove --autoremove drawing

And remove the Ubuntu PPA either by running command in terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cartes/drawing

or use the ‘Software & Updates’ utility under Other Software tab.

The new development release for the next major 3.0 of the popular image editor, GIMP 2.99.10, is out last night!

The GIMP website does not announce the release at the moment. According to the welcome dialog, the new release introduced the new ‘Layer set’ concept to replace ‘Linked layers’. It also added Microsoft Windows Cursor file format (.cur files) support, and improved support for Wayland, macOS Big Sur, as well as PSD / JPEG-XL / HEIF files.

other changes in GIMP 2.99.10 include:

  • Lock icons in item dockables (Layers, Channels, Paths) moved next to the visibility (eye) icon
  • Alt-click on visibility and lock icons in item dockables massively toggles visibility and locks among selected items
  • Item dockables now display icon headers for visibility and locks column
  • The System theme shows visible hints around unset visibility and locks icons when hovering them in item dockables
  • New checkbox to enable or disable dynamics in paint tools’ options (replacing “Dynamics Off” dynamics)
  • “Fill by line art detection” in Bucket Fill tool has a new option
  • Channels and paths multi-selectable with part of relevant actions working
  • Removed KDE and GNOME screenshot portals in favor of Freedesktop one
  • Windows screenshot implementation now has an “Include mouse pointer” option
  • New and modified libgimp API for plug-in developers

Install GIMP 2.99.10 in Ubuntu:

The develop team publishes the Dev package via Flatpak package. Just open terminal by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard. Then run the commands below one by one will install it:

sudo apt install flatpak
flatpak remote-add --user flathub-beta
flatpak install --user flathub-beta org.gimp.GIMP

For more, see this detailed how to install guide.

The Paint.NET inspired bitmap image drawing and editing software Pinta 2.0 was released a few days ago.

Pinta is finally ported to GTK3, though GNOME now is shifting to GTK4. Along with .NET6 the UI now looks more native in Ubuntu:

  • The tab bar looks more native in GNOME.
  • Use the standard GTK font chooser (pop up dialog) instead of drop-down selection for Text tool.
  • Change several tools to use spin buttons rather than editable combo boxes.
  • The position / selection information, zoom, and the color palette now moved to bottom status bar.
  • The tool palette displays in a single column with “>” button in the bottom to reach more tools.
  • The “Open Recent menu” is gone. And, “Add-ins” has been removed.
  • The color palette now remember recently used colors.
  • The primary and secondary palette colors are now saved in the application settings
  • And the canvas can now be panned by clicking and dragging with the middle mouse button

How to Install Pinta 2.0 in Ubuntu Linux:

Pinta is available to install as 3 different package formats: native DEB, universal Flatpak and Snap. You may choose one to install or install all of them side by side (will cause duplicated app icons).

Option 1: Snap

The Pinta snap package is available to install from Ubuntu Software. And, if you already install the package before, it should now update to v2.0 automatically.

Option 2: Flatpak

Like Snap, Flatpak is another universal package format runs in sandbox. It installs updates automatically but takes more disk space.

Ubuntu user may install Pinta as Flatpak by running the commands below one by one:

  • Install Flatpak daemon:
    sudo apt install flatpak
  • Install Pinta from flathub repository:
    flatpak install

Option 3: Classic Deb package:

For those prefer the native deb packages, Pinta has a stable PPA though NOT updated at the moment.

User may press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal, and run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pinta-maintainers/pinta-stable

Once the PPA is updated, Pinta 2.0 will be available to upgrade along with other system packages in Software Updater.

Uninstall Pinta:

To remove Pinta Snap and Deb packages, use Ubuntu Software or run one of the commands below:

sudo snap remove --purge pinta
sudo apt remove --autoremove pinta

And remove the PPA using “Software & Updates” tool under “Other Software” tab.

For the Flatpak package, use command:

flatpak uninstall --delete-data com.github.PintaProject.Pinta

And clear useless run-time libraries via flatpak uninstall --unused.