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8 Great Paint Programs for Linux

May 10, 2010, 16:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Ferrill)

"If you browse around a bit you'll find lots of potential candidates, although we'll narrow the field down a bit to keep the list to a minimum. Choosing a basic, general purpose paint application will probably depend on which desktop you prefer. For the GNOME crowd, there's a new program named Pinta that seems to work quite well. It has all the tools you'd expect in a basic paint app and is under active development.

"For KDE fans there are several options. KolourPaint is similar in functionality to Pinta and gives you all the basic graphics editing tools. The user interface closely resembles MS Paint, making it an easy application to pick up for Windows switchers. For the young at heart there's TuxPaint. This program is truly targeted at the kids, offering a clean drawing surface along with basic shape tools and color pickers to facilitate both the simple and the most creative minds.

"One tool that bears mention at this point is the Shutter screen-shot application (see the full review of this app we did a few months back). Snapping screen shots is one of those things you can do with a built-in tool, but there is an option offering significantly more functionality. Shutter includes a basic editing capability specifically tailored to tweaking screenshots with things like blurring out sensitive information, adding annotation or call outs, cropping and resizing. It's definitely worth a look if you do much of that."

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