15 Best Linux Photo/Image Editors I Discovered in 2015

In this article, I have reviewed of some the best photo editing software available on different Linux distributions. This fifteen are not the only photo editors available but are among the best and commonly used by Linux users.

Best Linux Image Photo Editors
15 Best Linux Image Photo Editors

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GNU image manipulation program (GIMP) is an open source photo editing tool that has features such as:

  1. image composition
  2. photo retouching
  3. image authoring

GIMP is highly customizable and pluggable through third party plugins and its users range from graphic designers, photographers, graphical illustrators and even scientists.

Gimp Photo Editor
Gimp Photo Editor

2. Photoshop WINE

Many users who have migrated from Windows to Linux may just enjoys this, it is one of the most popular photo editing tools available. Though you can not install it directly on Linux, but you can use WINE to install it and use it on many Linux distributions.

WINE helps Linux users to use some of the favorite Windows programs on Linux and Photoshop is just one of them.

Photoshop Editor
Photoshop Editor

3. Pinta

Pinta is also a great photo editing application which works similar to Windows Paint.NET. Just think of it as a Linux version of Windows Paint. It simple and easy to use allowing users to do quick photo editing.

Pinta Image Editor
Pinta Image Editor

4. DigiKam

It is an open source and good photo editor for dedicated photographers in KDE, it offers easy to use functions to enhance usability.

It has the following features:

  1. directory for tutorials on how to use it
  2. facial recognition support
  3. easy photo importing and exporting to different formats
DigiKam Photo Editor
DigiKam Photo Editor

5. ShowFOTO

ShowFOTO is a standalone image editor under the digiKam project. It is free and comes with all the standard photo editing functionalists such as transformation, adding effects, filtering, metadata editing and many more.

It is light weight and not feature rich though it is a good image editing software that doesn’t require other software to run.

ShowFoto Image Editor
ShowFoto Image Editor

6. RawTherapee

RawTherapee is a free and open source photo editor for optimizing digital images. It is feature rich and powerful when you need quality digital images from RAW image files. RAW files can be modified and then saved in compressed formats as well.

It has many features as listed in project homepage including:

  1. variety of supported cameras
  2. exposure control
  3. parallel editing
  4. color adjustment
  5. option of using secondary display
  6. metadata editing and many more
Rawtherapee Image Editor
Rawtherapee Image Editor

7. Fotoxx

Fotoxx is also a free and open source photo editing and collection management tool. It is intended for dedicated photographers who need a simple, fast and easy tool for photo editing.

It offers photo collection management and an easy way to navigate through the collection directories and subdirectories using a thumbnail browser.

It has the following features:

  1. use simple clicks to transform photos
  2. ability to retouch photos in enormous amounts of ways
  3. artistic photo transformation such as animations
  4. access to work with meta-data and many more
Fotoxx Image Editor
Fotoxx Image Editor

8. F-spot

It is a free and open source, feature rich photo editing and management software for Gnome desktop environment. F-spot allows users to edit, modify, save, organize, find and share images easily.

It has some of the following user feature:

  1. Photo editor with rich colour adjustment functionalities
  2. Tag icon editor
  3. export images to the web
  4. create photo CD
F-Spot Image Editor
F-Spot Image Editor

9. UFRaw

UFRaw which stands for “Unidentified Flying Raw” is a software that reads and manipulates RAW images files from various types of digital cameras. You can use it independently as a standalone software or as a GIMP plug-in.

UFRaw uses Dave Coffin’s raw conversion utility DCRaw to read raw images and its color management workflow is based on Little CMS. This allows a user to apply ICC color profiles to images being edited.

UFRaw Image Editor
UFRaw Image Editor

10. GTKRawGallery

GTKRawGallery is another free and open source workflow oriented photo editing and retouching software. It also works with raw 16 bit color depth camera images using tools such as Exiftool, Dcraw and Imagemagick.

It allows users to do the following:

  1. image browser and photo album manager
  2. image modification tools for 16 bit/channel post-processing
  3. batch Processor to speed up workflow and batch conversion with different available styles
  4. fast image tagging
  5. color Management
  6. print support
  7. advanced Metadata Editor
  8. dropbox uploader
  9. facebook, Flickr and Picasa Web Albums Publisher
GTKRawGallery Image Editor
GTKRawGallery Image Editor

11. LightZone

LightZone is also a free and open source photo editing software for photographers which offers RAW file processing and editing. It offers powerful, highly flexible and customizable tools that a user can build in a stack. The stack of tools can be turned on or off, readjusted, rearranged to fit user needs in different sessions.

LightZone Image Editor
LightZone Image Editor

12. Pixeluvo

Pixeluvo is also a powerful layer-based image editing software that offers its users RAW image processing, color correction tools, different image enhancement filters and many more.

It has the following features:

  1. fix perspective distortion
  2. Add a vignette to your photos
  3. transform the feel of an image with the Quick Color filter
  4. add text or captions to your images
  5. remove noise and JPEG compression artifacts
  6. boost image detail
  7. add a tilt-shift effect to images
  8. image spot-heal tool
  9. clone tool
  10. text tool
  11. warp tool
  12. filter brush and many more
Pixeluvo Image Editor
Pixeluvo Image Editor

13. Photivo

This is also a free and open source photo editor for Linux users. It is feature rich can also offers RAW and bitmap file processing under 16-bit processing in a non-destructive manner. It is known have some of the best powerful and flexible photo editing algorithms available.

It has the following features:

  1. 16-bit internal processing with LCMS2 color management
  2. works with RAW and bitmaps files
  3. integration of Gimp workflow for import and export
  4. adaptive saturation.
  5. film grain simulation
  6. cross processing
  7. black and white conversion.
Photivo Image Editor
Photivo Image Editor

14. AfterShot Pro

AfterShot Pro is powerful, fast, highly flexible and pluggable photo workflow and management software. It offers RAW processing functionalists and advanced non-destructive photo editing.

You can store images in folders and use meta-data tools to search images by keywords, tags and even camera setting and many more. It is up to 30% more faster under the new 64-bit performance.

Aftershotpro Image Editor
Aftershotpro Image Editor

15. Darktable

Darktable is a free and open source photography workflow software and also RAW file developer. It is a virtual light table and darkroom for photographers which helps them to manage their digital negatives in a database.

Darktable Image Editor
Darktable Image Editor


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26 thoughts on “15 Best Linux Photo/Image Editors I Discovered in 2015”

  1. Please help me find something that works for Linux for auto-fix like this photolemur.com/how-it-works? I am impressed with these apps but they are also freaking me out. It takes so LONG to actually do something simple, I end up not editing at all. Are there easy quick automatic photo improvement apps like Photolemur for android without all the “black magic”?

    • @Louise

      You’ll realize that such features as this photolemur.com/how-it-works? come a certain cost, many of the Linux photo/image editing softwares out there are free and therefore you need to use a little effort to enhance images yourself most of the time. The auto-fix features in them may not work exactly like that of photolemur.com/how-it-works?, you’ll still need to do it manually.


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