Ubuntu – Simple image editor

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I want something similar to "preview" in macs. For example: I want an image editor that ONLY does simple adjustments like increase/decrease contrast, saturation, exposure, color tinting…. rotate, flip vertically, flip horizontally, make black and white, change size or format, crop.

THATS IT. I know gimp can do all those things but its a bit overkill. I just want to right click an image, open it with this magical program i just described, do a few quick adjustments, and then save and exit. Nothing really fancy.

Anyone know of anything like this? Btw I am using ubuntu 12.04 🙂 It rocks and I am glad I switched from mac, i just need to replace this one piece of software.

Best Answer

  • Pinta

    A very simple image editor.

    Pinta is a drawing/editing program modeled on Paint.NET. Its goal is to provide a simplified alternative to the GIMP for casual users.


    Its features include:

    • Adjustments (Auto level, Black and White, Sepia, …)
    • Effects (Motion blur, Glow, Warp, …)
    • Multiple layers
    • Unlimited undo/redo
    • Drawing tools (Paintbrush, Pencil, Shapes, …)

    See the website for the full list.

    Another feature of Pinta is full history saving. Say you want to continue a work later on, keeping all the layers intact (so that you can add/remove them later on), you can save the file in .ora format. It preserves every edit you have made so that you can reverse the changes.


    For Ubuntu versions up to 12.04 you need to add a PPA to install this and keep it updated:

    • Ubuntu 10.10, 11.04 & 11.10

      sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pinta-maintainers/pinta-stable/ubuntu
      sudo apt-get update
    • Ubuntu 12.04

      sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pinta-maintainers/pinta-stable
      sudo apt-get update

    Installing via the Terminal

    Run this command:

    sudo apt-get install pinta

    Installing via the Ubuntu Software Center

    • Launch the Ubuntu Software Center
    • Search for "pinta"
    • Click the 'Install' button

    Once it is installed you can now use Pinta. Navigate to: Menu > Graphics > Pinta


    screenshot including "Adjustments" menu

    screenshot including "Effects" menu

    sample image with drawings on top of it

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