Lightweight Raster Graphics Editor for Ubuntu Linux – XPaint

If you’re a graphics designer, looking for a raster graphics editor that uses less system resources and don’t really care much about the look-n-feel of the utility itself, then try “XPaint”.

XPaint is not something new to the average GNU/Linux users (first created around 1993 and is still under active development!) but it is somewhat overlooked by many because it directly relies on the X Window system (could be a reason for the lightweight nature) and is not exactly a beautiful looking one in today’s standards :).

Still, because of its features, it is worthy trying.

Some of its main features …

*. The UI looks a lot like GIMP.

*. Has a typical drawing tool-bar that consists of : Pencil, Text input tool (with changing font, size, bold, italic etc), Dot pencil, brush, Eraser, arrow head, Polygonal line, Spray, fill etc. You can right click on any tool and adjust its settings individually as well.

*. Undo/Redo.

*. Create a new file/canvas or open existing images.

Supported images include: JPEG/JPG, BMP, PNG, GIF, TIFF, TGA, ICO etc. Although it’s a raster graphics editor, it can even import vector formats such as SVG, PDF … and even Text and Latex formats!.

*. Has many built in filters such as: Invert, Sharpen, Smooth, Edge Detect, Blend, Greyscale conversion, Tilt, Pixelize … and a lot more.

After adding a filter to an image, if you want to Undo it, then you’d have to use the “undo filter” (from the filters menu) rather than the usual Undo button which won’t work for the filters.

*. A built in brush selector that gives you a lot of different types of brushes.

*. Change canvas size with ease.

*. Resize, crop, auto-crop, rotate, expand.

*. Colors and pattern editors.

*. Save your edited/created images with almost all popular raster image formats.

*. A built in image viewer.

*. Clipboard reader.

*. View recently opened files.

*. Image magnifier.

*. A powerful screenshot taking tool that lets you easily take a screenshot of any selected area of your screen and load it to the editing window.

*. A “Help” section … are just some of its main features to mention.

You can install XPaint in Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin, 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot, 11.04 Natty Narwhal, 10.10 and 10.04 by typing the below command in your Terminal window.

sudo apt-get install xpaint

If all you want is a raster graphics editor that is lightweight and has lots of features then ‘XPaint’ is for you. It’s not a GIMP replacer by any means (duh! ;-)) but as the saying goes, “uncommon beauty is commonly overlooked” ;-). Enjoy!.

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