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Old Feb 2, 2006, 9:19 PM   #1
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I use Linux exclusively , and have for years now. I have a list of photo editing programs that I use quite a bit.

I think most people are familiar with the first one.

The Gimp
Some useful links for the gimp are :
Grokking the GIMP

Using alot of stuff from the gimp...... basically a gimp that has a user friendly interface..... it's is a nice application that has some nice features. Simple things like drawing lines with the gimp can seem counter-intuitive (until you do some reading).... krita gives you a button to draw a line.... stuff like that. Nice user interface.

CinePaint is a collection of free open source software tools for deep paint manipulation and image processing. The generosity and commitment of its developers, users and sponsors make CinePaint possible. CinePaint is a collaborative project that spans the film industry, universities, and the open source community.
CinePaint is primarily used for motion picture frame-by-frame retouching and dust-busting. It has been used on many feature films, including THE LAST SAMURAI where it was used to add flying arrows. CinePaint is different from other painting tools because it supports deep color depth image formats up to 32-bit per channel deep. For comparison, GIMP is limited to 8-bit, and Photoshop to 16-bit. As with encoding audio files, more bits means higher quality. Almost all images you find on the Internet are 8-bit.

Krita is the newest addition to the photo editor scene for me. It's much more intuitive than the gimp is. I use the gimp alot, and am very familiar with most of it's features, but people that havent used the gimp much seem to find Krita much more user friendly.

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Old Feb 3, 2006, 2:19 PM   #2
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I've been testing some Linux distros and some included Krita (and I installed it in some that didn't). It looks promising (especially given color management via Little CMS, since it will be able to use ICC profiles).

It's still a bit rough around the edges (a little buggy, and it doesn't even support EXIF unless I missed it). But, I'll definitely keep an eye on it's progress. Ditto for some of the other new imaging specific products available for Linux like F-Spot (which supports the browsing and cataloging of raw files from my Konica-Minolta Maxxum 5D).

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