Sunday, September 16, 2007

Image Editing Tools on GNU/Linux

Dr.Rana Samir Mahmood is my best friend and class mate who is a born artist and an art lover. He is an Amateur Digital Photographer working on portraits, landscapes & macros.

He recently asked me what is the best Image Editing Tool on Linux.

He said

“I do a lot of photo editing on Adobe Photoshop and I need an alternate of Adobe on Linux other than GIMP because it sucks. Is Adobe compatible with Linux because it is the best? "

GNU/Linux Graphics / Image editing Softwares

The following is a selection of Freeware and GNU/Linux based graphics and image editing software.


GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. If somebody likes Photoshop and wants an equal equivalent of it on Linux he/she can install the Gimpshop UI for it which makes Gimp look like Photoshop. So GIMP doesn`t suck at all as Dr.Samir says :)


Inkscape is an Open Source and powerful Scalable Vector Graphics ( SVG ) editor. Inkscape has capabilities similar to Adobe Illustrator, Freehand, CorelDraw, or Xara X.


ImageMagick is a free software suite to create, edit, and compose bitmap images. It can read, convert and write images in a variety of formats.
ImageMagick can translate, flip, mirror, rotate, scale, shear and transform images, adjust image colors, apply various special effects, or draw text, lines, polygons, ellipses and B├ęzier curves.

For further info read this thread on Raiden`s Realm


The information about these softwares are from their main websites and Wiki pages.


rana samir said...

hi doc
thanks for the lovely intro and all the options i can try for foto editing in linux.hoping to find good alternative in GIMP! ;)

Gayathri said...

GIMP is a nice software. GIMP is a feature-packed and powerful open source image editor that can be used in all major operating systems like Linux, Mac, and Windows. It has a customizable interface so that can easily set the view and behavior of GIMP. Keep blogging. Thanks.