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    GIMP Alternatives for Linux

    There are many alternatives to GIMP for Linux if you are looking for a replacement. The best Linux alternative is Krita, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to GIMP and many of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to GIMP are MyPaint (Free, Open Source), Glimpse Image Editor (Free, Open Source), LazPaint (Free, Open Source) and PhotoFlare (Freemium, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jan 15, 2022

    1. Krita is a professional Free and open source (FOSS) painting program. It is made by artists that want to see affordable art tools for everyone withith concept art, texture and matte painters, illustrations and comics.
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      Krita vs GIMP opinions
      Some users think Krita is a great alternative to GIMP, some don't.
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      It is easy to use and has many useful features. It focuses on creating your art and not on making tons of configurations like Gimp or Photoshop.
      Top positive comment  about 5 years ago

      Free and open source and with non destructive image manipulation capabilities
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

      mrdaltro It is really AMAZING how this piece of software has evolved in a short time. Just a year ago, it's true: it was just kinda Illustrator alternative. But nowadays Krita incorporated a lot of features that can for sure make it a good substitute for PS or GIMP as well. A good bunch of filters, layers and styling options for layers, adjustment layers, RAW support, very nice interface (way more producer-friendly than GIMP). I'm really surprised on how this project is evolving.
      Top negative comment  about 1 year ago

      Photo Manipulation and raw Painting/Drawing tools have been part of the program for QUITE a while now (some odd 5 years or so). Ignore anyone who says otherwise.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      Krita has effect layers like Photoshop and the most powerful brush engine
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

      It's like comparing Microsoft Word and Microsoft Powerpoint.
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

      FelschR It's more of a painting tool than image editing.
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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    2. MyPaint is a fast painting program with an emphasis on full-screen use. It lets you focus on the art instead of the program. You work on your canvas with minimum distractions, bringing up the interface only when you need it.
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      MyPaint vs GIMP opinions
      Some users think MyPaint is a great alternative to GIMP, some don't.
      MyPaint is for drawing/painting not for any type of photo editing.
      Negative comment over 3 years ago


    3. Glimpse is an open source image editor based on the GNU Image Manipulation Program. The goal is to experiment with new ideas and expand the use of free software.


      The Glimpse editor has been discontinued


      Glimpse Image Editor vs GIMP opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Glimpse Image Editor is a great alternative to GIMP.
      shi_tsu If GIMP was remade in $currentYear
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

    4. Raster & vector graphic editor with many tools and filters, written in Lazarus (Free Pascal). Portable, 32bit (under 3mb) & 64bit (3.55mb) versions, ORA format & 16384x16384 image support. In app 3D import & rendering.
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      LazPaint vs GIMP opinions
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      mrdaltro Bad workflow/usability. Not enough for professional use. Can't be compared to software like GIMP, Glimpse or Krita.
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

      Cool render features, minimal but complete UI
      Positive comment about 5 years ago

      More lightweight, suitable if you have an older PC / notebook and you just want to edit some stuff on the go.
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

    5. Photoflare is a cross-platform image editor with an aim to balance between powerful features and a very friendly graphical user interface. It suits a wide variety of different tasks and users who value a more nimble workflow.
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      PhotoFlare vs GIMP opinions
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      Covers most of my requirements except eliptical select.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago


    6. Gravit Designer is a feature-rich vector graphics tool. It is an installable desktop application. It is also a within-browser application for those who prefer this. It has every design feature this writer is aware of within Inkscape, without the recent issues.
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    7. miniPaint is free online image editor using HTML5. Edit, adjust your images, add effects online in your browser without installing anything. You can use the Electron based version of the editor if you like.
    8. Pixelitor is a cross-platform raster graphics editor written in Java. It supports image filters, drawing, layers, multiple undo, etc. Currently its main strength lies in the more than 70 image filters and color adjustments, some of which are unique. Features: - Layers.
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      Tux Paint is a free, award-winning drawing program for children ages 3 to 12 (for example, preschool and K-6). It combines an easy-to-use interface, fun sound effects, and an encouraging cartoon mascot who guides children as they use the program.
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      Tux Paint vs GIMP opinions
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      It's simple to use and I can make all sorts of abstract backgrounds on it! It feels like KidPix on a strict budget, but at least like GIMP, Corel Paint and FireAlpaca I can blend colours. The sound effects can be hit or miss, but they're fun for children at least.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

    9. ImagePlay is a rapid prototyping tool for building and testing image processing algorithms. It comes with a variety of over 70 individual image processors which can be combined into complex process chains.
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