Adobe Photoshop Alternatives For Linux Desktop

by on August 13, 2009 · 16 comments· LAST UPDATED August 13, 2009

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I need Photoshop alternative under Ubuntu Linux for basic editing. I know Photoshop can be run using Wine but I'm not able to afford expensive software for just basic editing. Can you suggest a few free FOSS apps that works as alternatives to Photoshop under Ubuntu or Fedora Linux desktop operating systems?

The following is used for graphics purpose. If you are artist, illustrator, designer, business user, home user, photographer, or web designer you can use the following for image manipulation and they are similar to Adobe Photoshop, Corel Paint Shop Pro and Paint.NET software.


GIMP (The GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a free software raster graphics editor. Primarily, GIMP is used as a tool for photo manipulations, such as resizing, editing, and cropping photos, combining multiple images, and converting between different image formats. GIMP can also be used to create basic animated images in the GIF format.

GIMP in Action Under Ubuntu Linux

GIMP in Action Under Ubuntu Linux

Install GIMP under Ubuntu

Simply type the following command:
# apt-get install gimp

Once installed you can open GIMP by visiting Application > Graphics > Gimp

=> Download GIMP


Krita is the bitmap graphics editor software included with the KDE based KOffice suite. Designed to be both a painting application and a photo editor, Krita is free software and distributed under GNU General Public License.

Krita in Action under KDE Destkop

Krita in Action under KDE Destkop

Install Krita under Ubuntu

Simply type the following command:
# apt-get install krita

Once installed you can open GIMP by visiting Application > Graphics > Krita

=> Download Krita


GIMPshop is a modification of the free and open source graphics program GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP), intended to replicate the feel of Adobe Photoshop. Its primary purpose is to make users of Photoshop feel comfortable using GIMP.

GIMPshop In Action

GIMPshop In Action

=> Download Gimpshop

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1 M.S. Babaei August 13, 2009 at 10:29 am

I’ve never heard of Krita before!! Awesome!!


2 Aneesh.E.P August 13, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Krita is good. But my programmers need photoshop shortcuts so i installed gimpshop. It is working fine. But still it will not support all photoshop keyboard shortcuts. Now i am searching for a better alternative. I hope the code weavers team will develop a linux version of photoshop.


3 bierwirt August 14, 2009 at 6:40 am

Sweet! i’ve never heard about gimpshop. The handling in GIMP itself is really rough once you are used to work with photoshop…


4 Dean Mapa August 15, 2009 at 12:42 am

I’m not a graphics artist but I use GIMP extensively in my work as a webmaster. There are lots of GIMP help in the Web. One such resource is in Just type ‘gimp’ in the search box and you’ll get an array of useful articles, most of which are easy, step-by-step tutorials.


5 George Fragos August 24, 2009 at 9:10 pm

GIMP is my primary editor but for those times that my editing needs are basic, gThumb image viewer handles the need.


6 jherx August 27, 2009 at 11:26 pm

Hi guy’s can somebody tell me what is the photoshop alternative for centOS?


7 michael t bentil April 28, 2012 at 8:21 pm

i love photo shop


8 Japa Alekhin Llemos April 29, 2012 at 4:25 am

To avoid a simple confusion, under the Krita installation instructions, there is:
Once installed you can open GIMP by visiting Application > Graphics > Krita
I believe that’s supposed to be Krita instead of GIMP


9 los October 3, 2012 at 1:55 pm

I cannot find a download for GIMPshop for Linus Ubuntu. can anyone direct me?


10 IndianTechspert April 22, 2014 at 9:37 am


sudo apt-get gimshop

in teminal


11 Nicki June 2, 2013 at 5:26 pm

I stand corrected, all of the Linux download links are down, and the walk-through’s link above has bad links in it too. :(


12 RebelTiger January 16, 2014 at 6:43 am

I’ve just discovered Pinta for photo work in linux.
I am currently testing it as a photo editor.
I’ve hear of a software called Darktable that is also supposedly good.
Not tried it.


13 RebelTiger January 16, 2014 at 6:48 am

Almost forgot to mention Cinepaint
Highly touted but i have not tried it.


14 RebelTiger January 16, 2014 at 7:06 am

Also worth mentioning is Inkscape (install autotrace first for added functions)
Very common to find this already installed in linux.


15 Fred Piette November 6, 2014 at 4:38 am

Good to know, thank you very much. I am going to have to check this out more.


16 Ashish Goswami January 8, 2015 at 3:01 pm

Good to know about all these alternatives to photoshop.
I am quite impressed with GIMP ,it’s certainly the best photoshop alternative and that too for free.


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