Using Linux? here is the best Photoshop alternative that you can use


Want to edit a photo on Linux? PhotoGIMP is the best alternative for Photoshop

Linux is a family of open-source Unix-like operating systems based on the Linux kernel. Linux was first released on September 17, 1991, by Linus Torvalds. As you know Photoshop is the best application to edit photos, unfortunately, Linux does not support Photoshop. Adobe Photoshop is a raster graphics editor developed and published by Adobe Inc. for Windows and macOS. It was originally created in 1988 by Thomas and John Knoll. Since then, the software has become the industry standard not only in raster graphics editing but in digital art as a whole.

So what app you can use for editing photos in Linux? PhotoGIMP is the best alternative for Photoshop. If you have used Photoshop for some time, you’ll notice that the GIMP has different settings, different keyboard shortcuts, and layout than Photoshop. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. After all, both are two different software, and they don’t have to look the same.

However, people who are used to Photoshop find it difficult to forget their hard-earned muscle memory while switching to GIMP. This could frustrate some because using a new interface means learning numerous keyboard shortcuts and spending time on finding which tool is located where. To help such Photoshop to GIMP switchers, Diolinux has introduced a tool that mimics Adobe Photoshop in GIMP.

GIMP is a cross-platform image editor available for GNU/Linux, OS X, Windows, and more operating systems. It is free software, you can change its source code and distribute your changes. Whether you are a graphic designer, photographer, illustrator, or scientist, GIMP provides you with sophisticated tools to get your job done. You can further enhance your productivity with GIMP thanks to many customization options and 3rd party plugins.

How to install PhotoGIMP on LINUX?

PhotoGIMP is essentially a patch. You’ll find the following hidden folders in the extracted folder:

  • icons: which have a new PhotoGIMP icon
  • .local: which contain the personalized .desktop file so that you see PhotoGIMP instead of GIMP in the system menu
  • .var: the main folder containing the patch for GIMP

At present, PhotoGIMP is mainly compatible with GIMP installed via Flatpak. If you installed GIMP using Flatpak, you can simply copy-paste these hidden folders in your home directory and it will convert your GIMP into Adobe Photoshop like settings.

Here is how you can Install Flatpak Apps on Linux based Operating Systems

However, if you installed GIMP via apt or snap or your distribution’s package manager, you’ll have to find the GIMP config folder and paste the content of the .var directory of PhotoGIMP. When asked, opt for merge option and replace existing files of the same name.

Download PhotoGIMP from here


These links download the official GIMP installer for Windows (~200 MB). The installer contains both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of GIMP, and will automatically use the appropriate one. These links download language-specific Windows installers for GIMP’s local help. By default, they will place the help files with your GIMP installation.

Note: GIMP uses online help by default. If you want to use this local help offline, you will need to change GIMP’s help settings.

  1. In GIMP, select [Edit] > [Preferences] > [Help System]
  2. For “User manual”, select “Use a locally installed copy”
  3. Under “Help Browser”, you can choose between your system’s web browser and GIMP’s help browser plugin (if available).

This is how you can download and install PhotoGIMP on your Linux PC if you find any difficulties while installing the app. DO mention it in the comment section below. To stay updated on tech and cybersecurity news subscribe to our newsletter from here


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