If you have ever used Paint.NET on Microsoft Windows, you should be knowing the ease with which this little program can be used to quickly edit graphics and images. Unfortunately, it is not available for Linux platforms. Therefore Linux needs a alternative. Yes, there is GIMP for Linux, but that is more of a Photoshop alternative with a steep learning curve.
Pinta is almost similar to Paint.NET, if not actually identical! It has a clean no nonsense user interface and is extremely light on system resources usage. It launches quickly and comes with several powerful image editing features. It is free and open source software (FOSS). I recommend it as one of the best free image editing software for Linux. As a matter of fact, it is available for Windows too.
Install Pinta on Ubuntu, elementary OS, and Linux Mint
STEP 1: Go to ‘Applications’ and launch ‘Terminal’.
STEP 2: Let’s first add Pinta’s repository sources to the list. Type the following command and hit enter.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pinta-maintainers/pinta-stable
STEP 3: Now it’s time to update.
sudo apt-get update
STEP 4: Begin Pinta installation by entering the following command.
sudo apt-get install pinta
That’s it. Pinta should be installed in your computer.
Pinta features at-a-glance
- Drawing tools to draw freehand, lines, rectangles, ellipses, and more.
- Comes with Layers support s that you can separate and group elements of an image for easy editing.
- Has over 35 image adjustments and special effects.
- Full history undo functionality.
- supports over 55 languages.