GIMP is the multi-platform image manipulation tool stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. GIMP works on many operating systems and it is translated in many languages. It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc. GIMP is expandable and extensible. It is written and developed under X11 on UNIX platforms. Both stable and development version is available via 3rd party repositories.


Features Highlight:
  • Full suite of painting tools including brushes, a pencil, an airbrush, cloning, etc.
  • Tile-based memory management so image size is limited only by available disk space
  • Sub-pixel sampling for all paint tools for high-quality anti-aliasing
  • Full Alpha channel support
  • Layers and channels
  • A procedural database for calling internal GIMP functions from external programs, such as Script-Fu
  • Advanced scripting capabilities
  • Multiple undo/redo (limited only by disk space)
  • Transformation tools including rotate, scale, shear and flip
  • File formats supported include GIF, JPEG, PNG, XPM, TIFF, TGA, MPEG, PS, PDF, PCX, BMP and many others
  • Selection tools including rectangle, ellipse, free, fuzzy, bezier and intelligent
  • Plug-ins that allow for the easy addition of new file formats and new effect filters

Changes in GIMP 2.8.16:
  • Core: Seek much less when writing XCF
  • Core: Don't seek past the end of the file when writing XCF
  • Core: Fix velocity parameter on .GIH brushes
  • Core: Fix brokenness while transforming certain sets of linked layers
  • GUI: Always show image tabs in single window mode
  • GUI: Fix switching of dock tabs by DND hovering
  • GUI: Don't make the scroll area for tags too small
  • GUI: Fixed a crash in the save dialog
  • GUI: Fix issue where ruler updates made things very slow on Windows
  • Plug-ins: Fix several issues in the BMP plug-in
  • Plug-ins: Make Gfig work with the new brush size behavior again
  • Plug-ins: Fix font export in the PDF plug-in
  • Plug-ins: Support layer groups in OpenRaster files
  • Plug-ins: Fix loading of PSD files with layer groups
  • Translation Updates

On Gimp's 20th birthday, the Gimp team released announced latest version of Gimp 2.8.16.

>>> Available for Ubuntu 15.10 Wily/16.04/15.04 Vivid/14.04 Trusty/12.04 Precise/Linux Mint 17.x/13/other Ubuntu derivatives
To install Gimp 2.8.16 stable release in Ubuntu/Linux Mint open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:

Install Resynthesizer Plugin with following command (It is not from above PPA):

Gimp 2.9.1.x Development version

gimp edge

What's in GIMP 2.9.1:
  • the Lanczos 3 sampler (replaced by the new LoBlur samling method)
  • Maximum RGB filter
  • Color temperature correction: There is a new filter in the Colors menu that lets you correct the color temperature of your photos.
  • Tile based computation and projection
  • ICC v4 color profile conversion support
  • GEGL based filters and plugins
  • OpenCL-accelerated filters
    • These filters do currently make use of the full power of your CPU/GPU hardware which results in accelerated computation: Gaussian Blur, Grey, Laplace, Motion Blur, Pixelize, Sobel, Threshold
  • Multi-core CPU / GPU support
  • More on-canvas previews: Gaussian and Motion Blur work on-canvas and also most of the Noise creation filters.
  • Heavily improved scaling quality: No- and LoHalo-Samplers
  • New tool: Unified transformation
  • Lossless color space conversions
  • A huge step for GIMP: 16/32 bit per channel support
  • Bug fixes and translation updates

>>> Available for Ubuntu 15.10 Wily/16.04/15.04 Vivid/14.04 Trusty/Linux Mint 17.x/other Ubuntu derivatives
To install Gimp 2.9.1 development version in Ubuntu/Linux Mint open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:

Install Resynthesizer Plugin with following command (It is not from above PPA):
That's it
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