If you’re someone who edits photos, you might have used Adobe Photoshop for a long time. If you’re using Linux or have recently switched to Linux, you might know that Photoshop is not available for Linux. The best and most powerful alternative to Photoshop for Linux based distributions is GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program).
If you’ve recently installed GIMP on your computer you may have found that the layout is unfamiliar. Also, the settings and shortcuts are completely different from Photoshop. Now, you can definitely go ahead and learn about the GIMP layout and shortcuts, but it’s really frustrating for an experienced Photoshop user to learn everything again just for the sake of it.
Don’t worry, PhotoGIMP will save you from this hassle.
What is PhotoGIMP?
PhotoGIMP is a GIMP 2.10 + patch developed by Diolinux that helps Photoshop users by mimicking Photoshop layout, settings and shortcuts.
- Hundreds of new fonts available to install.
- New Splash Screen
- New Python filters such as “Heal Selection”.
- Keyboard shortcuts similar to Photoshop set by Adobe’s Documentation.
- Tools organization similar to that of Photoshop.
Eager to try PhotoGIMP? Let’s take a look at how to install and use PhotoGIMP on Ubuntu.
Install PhotoGIMP on Ubuntu
PhotoGIMP is currently being developed for installation with Flatpak. It’s really easy to install PhotoGIMP through Flatpak. You just have to copy some of the folders, and you’re done. If you have installed GIMP using Flatpak, read these instructions to install PhotoGIMP.
If you’re like me who installed GIMP via apt or Snapstore, read the instructions below to install the GIMP PhotoGIMP patch:
Note: You should have the latest version of GIMP 2.10 on your computer for this patch to work. To check the version of GIMP installed on your computer, open the terminal and type the gimp –version command.
- First, download the PhotoGIMP patch from it’s Github repository.
- Extract the zip file.
- Open the /home directory on your Ubuntu desktop.
- Press Ctrl+H on your keyboard to show the hidden files and folders.
- There you will find a folder named .config, open it.
- Find a folder named GIMP.
If you can’t find the GIMP folder, just open the GIMP application once and close it and then you’ll get the GIMP folder inside the.config directory.
- Navigate to ~/.config/GIMP/2.10.
- Copy all the contents of this folder and paste it somewhere safe. This is a backup to ensure that you don’t lose your settings if you mess things up later.
- Open the PhotoGIMP folder you extracted earlier.
- Navigate to .var/app/org.gimp.GIMP/config/GIMP/2.10 and copy all the files in this directory.
- Paste the files inside ~/.config/GIMP/2.10 directory. A dialog box will pop-up. Click Overwrite existing files and wait for the files to be copied.
- Now open GIMP 2.10 and you will be greeted with the new splash screen followed by a layout which looks exactly like Photoshop.
I am not a professional photo editor so I can’t comment on the experience of this patch. So, kindly comment below and share your experience of using PhotoGIMP with others.