How to Install GIMP 2.10 on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus - There's a PPA you can use to install or update GIMP 2.10 on Ubuntu 18.04, 18.10, 17.10 and derivaties like Linux Mint. Sadly, it lacks 16.04 support due to inextricably Glib dependencies. Don't worry, because today I will help you to install latest Gimp on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is free image editor program alternative to Corel Painter and Adobe Photoshop for Linux (including Ubuntu, Elementary OS, Linux Mint, etc), Windows, MAC OS and FreeBSD.

Even though GIMP is free software, it doesn't put restrictions on the kind of work you produce with it. You can use GIMP commercially.

This software designed for image retouching and editing or for creating stunning digital paintings using state of the art functionality, can be used for free-form drawing, image conversion, cropping, resizing, and more complex tasks.

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So if you are a graphic designer, photographer, illustrator, and looking for a free tool for image manipulation, then Gimp is great choice!.

Changes in Latest Gimp

Gimp 2.10 is the latest stable which is shipped with huge list of changes. The most notable changes in this release are :
  • Nearly fully ported to GEGL, allowing high bit depth processing, multi-threaded and hardware accelerated pixel processing
  • New themes including Light, Gray, Dark, and System and new symbolic icons
  • Basic HiDPI support (automatic or user-selected icon size)
  • Warp transform, the Unified transform and the Handle transform tools are some of the new tools
  • Many improved tools, and several new and exciting tools, such as the Warp transform, the Unified transform and the Handle transform tools
  • On-canvas preview for all filters ported to GEGL
  • Improved digital painting with canvas rotation and flipping, symmetry MyPaint brush support
  • Support for OpenEXR, RGBE, WebP, HGT image formats
  • Metadata viewing and editing for Exif, XMP, IPTC, and DICOM
  • Color management revamped
  • Linear color space workflow
  • And many more

Installing Gimp 2.10 on Linux Ubuntu

Well, the GIMP 2.10 PPA might not be available for Ubuntu 16.04 and lower, but it doesn't mean you can't install it. See some screenshots below :

Gimp 2.10 Ubuntu 16.04

Gimp Linux Ubuntu

The easiest way to install this great digital image manipulation software in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr, Linux Mint 18 Sarah, Linux Mint 17 Rebecca, or any other Linux distributions is via Snap and Flatpak.

So please make sure you have snap installed in your PC. Type the following command to install snapd :

sudo apt-get install snapd snapd-xdg-open

Now all you have to do is run this simple Snap command to install Gimp :

sudo snap install gimp
sudo snap install core

That's it. GIMP 2.10.x will be installed.

New Splash Screen, Themes, and Icons

The Gimp 2.9.3 brings new splash screen, also new icons (Color, Legacy, Symbolic, Symbolic-Inverted), and themes (Dark, Gray, Light, and System).

Gimp Theme Linux

You can change the theme and icons by accessing :
  • Open Edit menu
  • Choose Preferences
  • Theme and Icon placed under the Interface menu
  • Select your preferred one
  • Click OK to save the changes

So that's all I can write about a guide to install Gimp 2.10 on Ubuntu 16.04 / 14.04 and its variant via snap. Thanks for reading!.