After 6 Years, GIMP 2.10 is Here With Ravishing New Looks and Tons of New Features

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Free and open source image editing application GIMP has released a new major release today. GIMP 2.10 comes six years after the last major release 2.8.

It will not be an exaggeration when I say that GIMP is the most popular photo editor in Linux World and arguably the best Adobe Photoshop alternative. The project was first launched in 1996 and over the last 22 years, it has become the standard image editor on almost all major Linux distributions. It is also available on Windows and MacOS.

What’s new in GIMP 2.10

GIMP 2.10 has been ported to GEGL image processing engine and that is the biggest change in this release. It brings a number of new tools and improvements.

After 6 Years, GIMP 2.10 is Here With Ravishing New Looks and Tons of New Features

Some of the major new highlights of this release are:

Four new themes: light, grey, dark and system
Basic HiDPI Support
GEGL is the new image processing engine that has high bit depth processing, multi-threaded and hardware accelerated pixel processing
Warp transform, the Unified transform and the handle transform tools are some of the new tools
Many existing instruments have been improved and
Digital painting has been improved with canvas rotation and flipping, symmetry painting, MyPaint Brush support
Support for OpenEXR, RGBE, WebP, HGT image formats have been added
View and edit metadata for EXIF, XMP, IPTC, and DICOM
Color Management Refreshed
Linear Color Space Workflow
Digital photography enhancements with exposure, shadows-Highlights, High-Pass, Wavelet dissolve, Panorama projection tools
Usability Enhancements
If you want to see the GIMP 2.10 features in detail, please refer to the Release Note.

Install GIMP 2.10

Since GIMP 2.10 has just been released, it will take some time before your Linux distribution offers you the new version (unless you use Arch Linux).

If you want to use it at this time, you have two ways: source code or Flatpak.

Installing GIMP 2.10 via PPA in Ubuntu-based Linux distributions

There is an unofficial PPA available that you use to install the GIMP 2.10 on Ubuntu, Linux Mint and other Ubuntu based Linux distros right now.

Open a Terminal and use the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp
sudo apt update
sudo apt install gimp


This will install GIMP 2.10. If you already have GIMP 2.8, it will be updated to GIMP 2.10.

Installing GIMP 2.10 with FlatPak in Ubuntu-based Linux distributions

You must first enable FlatPak support. Use the commands below to install FlatPak in Ubuntu.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:alexlarsson/flatpak
sudo apt update
sudo apt install flatpak


You can refer to this page to learn how to enable FlatPak support in other Linux distributions.

Once you have Fltapak support, use the command below to install GIMP 2.10:

flatpak install https://flathub.org/repo/appstream/org.gimp.GIMP.flatpakref


Once installed, if you don’t see it in the menu, you can run it with the following command:

flatpak run org.gimp.GIMP

Get GIMP 2.10 Source code

Alternatively, you can always install from the source code. You can download the source code from the link below:

                                        GIMP 2.10 Source Code
I have been waiting for GIMP 2.10 release for several months now and I am looking forward to using their new features. What about you? Do you use GIMP? What new features did you like in GIMP 2.10?

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