FOSSPicks

FOSSPicks

Article from Issue 213/2018
Author(s):

Graham looks at Gimp 2.10, Font Finder, Mixxx 2.1, SoundStage VR, VVave, and more!

Image editor

Gimp 2.10

If there's one Linux and open source application that surely needs no introduction, this has to be it. Gimp is as infamous for aping the functionality of proprietary software as it is for its name, but many of us have been relying on it to edit our images for over two decades. Taking us from the pre-Google era of GeoCities, right through to the selfie-loving modern age, Gimp is one of the cornerstones of the Linux desktop, and despite recent excellent competition from the likes of Krita – an application designed mostly for illustrators – Gimp has remained the tool of choice for healing images, adding drop shadows, and generally editing images for anything more than a crop. But development has always been painfully slow, mainly because the project has a tiny team and little funding, which is why it's absolutely wonderful to include a new major version on these pages.

The result of more than six years of work, Gimp 2.10 is a major release both because it crams in so many features and because it simply exists. Fresh features include some excellent new tools (a warp transform, a unified transform, and a handle transform), the completion of its port to GEGL for acceleration and high-bit-depth processing, metadata editing, high-definition display support, and new themes. The warp transform lets you draw pixel manipulation onto your canvas and is ideal for small smudgy fixes or for warping a checkerboard. The unified transform is something Gimp has only hinted at with previous versions. It adds the ability to rotate, scale, shear, and change the perspective of an image using handles on the outside of the selected area. Just about every other image manipulation tool has had this since the dark ages, and it's essential for making small changes without resorting to a menu and entering values into a field. Finally, the handle transform is our favorite, because it also does a great job of showing off the new hardware acceleration. You add handles to your canvas in the same way you might add plungers to a window pane. The handles are then manipulated to move and transform the canvas. The best thing about the handle transform, and the others, is that it now all updates so quickly thanks to the new acceleration, which is something older versions of Gimp really suffered from. It means you can now load an image from a modern phone and manipulate it in real time with a normal PC, which you couldn't do without a huge time lag before.

The new themes also look good, and the emphasis on dark themes is a sensible choice, as you need the contrast to be most visible in the images. The high DPI support finally means you can use Gimp on screens that many photographers and artists use precisely because of their pixel density, and there's better Photoshop importing, with added support for new formats. But the best feature of all is that this is a big update to Gimp – we hope, the first of many to come.

[...]

Use Express-Checkout link below to read the full article (PDF).

Buy this article as PDF

Express-Checkout as PDF
Price $2.95
(incl. VAT)

Buy Linux Magazine

SINGLE ISSUES
 
SUBSCRIPTIONS
 
TABLET & SMARTPHONE APPS
Get it on Google Play

US / Canada

Get it on Google Play

UK / Australia

Related content

  • Gnome Fonts

    Linux’s text display still suffers from legacy issues, but it is well on the way to

    recovering. This article explains how Fontconfig, X, and Gnome work together for

    a brighter future.

  • FOSSPicks

    Ocenaudio 3.3.6, Otter Browser, Joplin, WeeChat 2.0, Mailspring, Siril 0.9.7, SuperTuxKart 0.9.3, and more!

  • FOSSPicks

    Sparkling gems and new releases from the world of Free and Open Source Software.

  • Command Line – Font Conversion

    Perform trouble-free font conversions from the command line with an easy-to-use script.

  • FOSSPicks

    Graham explores GnuCash 3, Kawaii-Player 3.3.1, tig, HandBrake 1.1.0, GameMode, XLEngine, and more!

comments powered by Disqus

Direct Download

Read full article as PDF:

Price $2.95

News