A lot of us have tried taking pictures. And, the composition was great, the subjects were all in line, and yes it was talking about what it actually was. But, the picture still didn’t look that exceptional like we see on the internet. How come so many instagram photographers are nailing such vibrant colors with average smartphone cameras. How come the pictures that we are taking aren’t that good. To answer it all “Editing”.

People who are genuinely interested in photography know that. And there are plenty of great tools that one can use including everyone’s favorite “Adobe Photoshop”. Well that is available for Ubuntu but you need to pay for it. And, well since you are on Ubuntu installing new software from the internet is not as simple for an average guy(it may not be). To top it all, the point of discussing all this is the fact that we need something simple to install. And, if the tools are good enough then yeah that is the deal that we have been looking for. Therefore below we have mentioned some best photo editing tools in Ubuntu Software that can actually help you achieve the editing of your dreams.

Note: All the tools mentioned are available for free in the Ubuntu Software Store. These can be installed directly.


PhotoGIMP Photo Editing Tools in Ubuntu Software

About: PhotoGIMP is the most complete Photo editing tool that has been mentioned on this list. If you have a hold over this tool then I don’t think you need anything. I have used it for a couple of banners and I must tell you it can be a free alternative to Photoshop. It offers you all the tools from cropping, layering, blending, to anything that can’t be told in a single line. It is a strong product and if you are looking for a serious editing tool please do give a shot. I can assure you won’t complain.


  • Quite similar to Adobe Photoshop in terms of organisation and tools.
  • Gives you access to Python based filters.
  • Can create a custom .desktop file.
  • Space utilization is maximized in the primary editing console.
  • Access to hundreds of fonts to use.
  • Splash screen that is new.

Ubuntu Store Rating: 5 Star


Inscape Photo Editing Tools in Ubuntu Software

About: Inkscape is an open-source vector based editing tool. The tool is very easy to use and with some training, one can easily get a hold of it. It is capable of working with multiple image formats. Although, its capability to use a vector image and convert it to a raster makes it a suitable software for promotional material. It is very polished in terms of implementation and also offers a built in XML editor. For a complete beginner, this can be a little tricky but overall it deserves to be in the list of best photo editing tools in Ubuntu Software. Apart from that, Inkscape functions tremendously to convert png to vector SVG file format without any tracing disruption


  • Can be used for technical illustrations such as cartoons, clipart, logo, typography etc.
  • Capability to use vector graphics.
  • Gives access to SVG format.
  • Includes features like shapes, paths, texts, markers, blending, gradients etc.
  • Fully compliant with XML, SVG, and CSS2.

Ubuntu Store Rating: 4 Star


DarkTable Photo Editing Tools in Ubuntu Software

About: DarkTable is a proper photo editing tool. It is a great tool that can be used for color correction. Although, if you are thinking it is at par with Lightroom, well, then you need to buy Lightroom. It is a decent tool with advanced image manipulation but not adequate for professional photographers. It is a very beginner friendly tool and is divided into five modules like Lighttable, Darkroom, Map, Slideshow, and Tethering. It is an amazing product and if you are looking for something free then this is it.


  • Interface is quite identical to Lightroom.
  • Offers color correction tools like shadows  and highlights.
  • Access to multiple editing groups like basic, tone, color, correction, effect etc.
  • Access to the full RGB curve.
  • Add Grain.
  • Features like contrast, saturation, and brightness.
  • Turn your pictures into monochrome.
  • Offers a great organizer.

Ubuntu Store Rating: 4 Star

4.GNU Image Manipulation Program

GNU Image manipulation Program

About: This one is quite identical to PhotoGIMP. If you are on a lookout for a sophisticated tool then this will be it. It can be used by anyone who is a photographer, illustrator, graphic designer, or scientist. It offers the user tools that give them complete control over multiple elements of a particular image. It is a great alternative to photoshop and its features are simply at par with it. Therefore, if you are looking forward to installing it then I will suggest the same considering it deserves to be in the list of best photo editing tools.


  • Capable of doing high quality image manipulation.
  • Have the flexibility to completely transform the image.
  • It has things like icons, graphical designs, and art that can be used in multiple projects.
  • It offers multiple language support such as Python, C, C++, Scheme etc.
  • It has a great color management console.
  • It is very extensive and flexible.

Ubuntu Store Rating: 4 Star



About: It is quite surprising that something like this is free. Although, Blender has its own following and is a great tool. It is being used by people from different industries such as students, artists, vfx experts, animators, illustrators etc. It has helped so many people around the world. It is one of the best tool offerings that is on Ubuntu Software. Also, it has been awarded the editor’s choice. It is a great tool and should be definitely looked at if you are looking for something extensive.

Note: This one is not exactly a photo editing tool but its range of features can actually help in enhancing any image’s quality.


  • It gets you renders that are jaw-dropping.
  • Helps in modelling with its extensive toolkit.
  • Great tool for creating 2D concept design.
  • It can perform masking and compositing for vfx artists.
  • Has amazing libraries like bullet and MantaFlow.
  • Offers an extensive API for Python.
  • Its user interface is customisable.

Ubuntu Store Rating: 5 Star

So this was our list of Best Photo Editing Tools in Ubuntu Software. We hope this list may have been of some help to you. Just in case, if you are looking for an app development company then we can help you. In order to send us an enquiry mail us at [email protected]. We have also written an article over Best Multi-Vendor Marketplace Platform, therefore in order to check the article click on the link provided. We hope this article may have been some help to you. Also, thank you for reading it until the end.


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