Adobe Photoshop Alternatives For Linux Desktop

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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


Posted by: Vivek Gite

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16 comment

  1. 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.

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

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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

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

  7. 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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