Linux has come a long way in terms of the applications that are available for the platform. Whatever your specific needs are, you can be sure that there are at least a few applications available for you to use. Today, we'll look at 10 free photo editors for Linux, and I must say, there are a lot of image editing tools available. This post selects just 10 of these awesome tools and talks about them briefly looking at what makes them stand out. In no particular order, let's get started.
10 Best Free Photo Editors For Linux
I know I said in no particular order, but it would be wrong if GIMP was not mentioned at number one. GIMP is an advanced free photo editor. You can use it to edit, enhance, and retouch photos and scans, create drawings, and make your own images. It has a large collection of professional-level editing tools and filters, similar to the ones you might find in Photoshop. Numerous fine-control settings and features like layers, paths, masks, and scripting give you total control over your images. Many image file formats are supported, including JPEG, Photoshop (.psd), and Paint Shop Pro (.psp) files. It can also be used to scan and print photos. GIMP is the most popular free image editing tool amongst Linux users and rightly so.
Second on the list is Inkscape. Inkscape is an illustration editor which has everything needed to create professional-quality computer art. You can use it to make diagrams and illustrations, technical drawings, web graphics, clip art, icons, and logos. There is excellent support for paths, gradients, layers, alpha transparency and text flow control. It also has an extensive library of filters which allows you to apply realistic effects and extensions allow you to work with bitmaps, barcodes, and printing marks, amongst other things. Most of the common vector formats are supported, including PDF, Adobe Illustrator, and AutoCAD files, and it has unrivaled support for the SVG web graphics standard.
Pinta is easy to use drawing or editing program. With a simplified experience for casual users. Some of its features include Auto level, Black and White, Sepia, Motion blur, Glow, Warp and similar effects. It also supports multiple layers, unlimited undo & redo, drawing tools such as Paintbrush, Pencil, and shapes. Pinta is awesome for those seeking for a simple, lightweight and great app.
The Unidentified Flying Raw (UFRaw) allows you to decode and manipulate raw images from digital cameras. You can change parameters such as the exposure or the white balance of an image. UFRaw uses code from the DCRaw raw image decoder and supports over 600 camera models, including many Sony, Nikon, Canon and Fuji cameras. It can be used as a stand-alone tool or as a Gimp plugin, and images can be batch processed using the command-line interface.
F-Spot is a full-featured personal photo management application for the GNOME desktop. It simplifies digital photography by providing simple tools to help you share, touch-up, find and organize your images. Individual photos can be retouched and globally corrected. The number and sophistication of the correction scale to the imagination of the user. You can even work on photos in batches. F-spot is easy for beginners to get started with.
Darktable manages your digital negatives in a database and lets you view them through a zoomable lighttable. It also enables you to develop raw images and enhance them. It tries to fill the gap between the many excellent existing free raw converters and image management tools (such as UFRaw or F-spot). All editing is fully non-destructive and only operates on cached image buffers for display. The full image is only converted during export. The core operates completely on floating point values, so Darktable can not only be used for photography but also for scientifically acquired images or output of renderers (high dynamic range).
Krita is a creative application for raster images. Whether you want to create from scratch or work with existing images, Krita is for you. You can work with photos or scanned images, or start with a blank slate. Krita supports most graphics tablets out of the box. Krita is different from other graphics design programs. It has pluggable brush engines, some supporting brush resources like Gimp brush files, others offering a sophisticated simulation of real brushes, color mixing and image deformations. Moreover, Krita has full support for graphics tablets, including such features as pressure, tilt, and rate, making it a great choice for artists. There are easy to use tools for drawing lines, ellipses, and rectangles, and the freehand tool is supported by pluggable "drawing assistants" that help you draw shapes that still have a freehand feeling to them. Krita is part of the Calligra Suite.
RawTherapee is an advanced program for developing raw photos and for processing non-raw photos. It is non-destructive, makes use of OpenMP, supports all the cameras supported by dcraw and carries out its calculations in a high precision 32-bit floating point engine. RawTherapee supports JPEG, PNG, and TIFF as output format for processed photos.
Fotoxx is a program for improving digital photos. It allows you to navigate through large image directories using a window of thumbnail images, create HDR (high dynamic range) images by combining bright and dark images to improve details visible in both bright and dark areas, create panoramas by joining overlapped images, adjust brightness and color intensity independently for different underlying brightness levels, reduce fog or haze by removing "whiteness" and intensifying colors. rotate an image (level a tilted image or turn 90 degrees), remove red-eyes from electronic flash photos, sharpen, resize, or crop images, reduce noise in low-light photos, change color depth, and stretch an image by dragging the mouse.
The last one on our list is ShowFOTO. ShowFOTO is a fast Image Editor with powerful image editing tools. You can use it to view your photographs and improve them. Showfoto is the standalone image editor of the digiKam project. It runs without digiKam images database support but comes with all Image Editor functions.
If ever Linux was starved for choices in certain areas in terms of apps, image editing is certainly not one of those. You are literally spoilt for choices. And these apps are not just bare apps, some of these are as awesome as many paid-for apps available on other platforms. So it was all about 10 best free photo editors for Linux. I hope one of these will fit your needs. I know there are many more image editors so let me know in the comment section which image editor you use. Thanks for reading!