Alternative apps: Photography & Image Manipulation

There are quite a few tools on Linux that’ll make your day better – and brighter in case the lighting wasn’t right. There are more than I showcase here – however these are either some of the most popular ones.

Raster Graphics


Sometimes called the alternative to Photoshop (which is quite over-enthusiastic), GIMP is one of the most powerful free image manipulation tools for raster graphics. It is quite hard to master, however if you’re an artist it’s worth it.
It does not yet support non-destructive editing tools, these are planed in the next major version.


This can be directly compared to Paint.NET on Windows. It you’re looking for a quick and simple way to edit a picture, perhaps to crop it or add some simple details, I very much recommend this tool.


An excellent tool for artists that works great on touchscreens or with a drawing tablet. Works great for sketching, creating comics and according to their website also animating.
Being around since 1998 it matured greatly and can match most proprietary software.

Vector Graphics


The most popular vector graphics tool. It’s easy-yet-powerful and can allegedly match the capabilities of Adobe Illustrator.


Part of the Calligra Office Suite, Karbon is extremely capable and a viable choice if you either don’t feel comfortable with Inkscape or already use other Calligra tools.

Gravit Designer / Corel Vector

If you specifically need a vector design tool that’s available anywhere perhaps check out Corel Vector. You can use it in a browser.
Unfortunately it is not Open-Source software.

Photography Tools

Full Suite

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Photo Management

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Quick & Simple Editing

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Raw Photo Processing

Additional graphics tools


An AI powered upscaling tool. Very impressive, especially digital art turns out astonishingly good.
It is not available in the Store as of writing this, but you can download it as AppImage here (ignore all the other files, just the .AppImage).


This tool was originally designed specifically for the very special distro of elementary OS, however it is so useful in daily usage I highly recommend it. You can install it after adding the PPA below.

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