Pinta is a Solid Image Editing Alternative to GIMP

by Ostatic Staff - Mar. 16, 2010

If you're looking for a solid drawing and image editing program for Gtk, have a look at Pinta. This week's point release brings several new improvements, a batch of new tools, and a facelift to the GUI.

Modeled after Paint.NET, Pinta makes a great lightweight alternative to GIMP. It works on Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows, and has enough features to get all but the heaviest of editing jobs done.

Pinta sports several drawing tools, including Pencil, Eraser, Shapes, and Paintbrush. It supports an unlimited number of layers and unlimited levels of Undo/Redo for those times when you realize you made an editing mistake several steps back.

This week's release of Pinta 0.2 adds five new tools to the toolbar: Zoom, Pain Bucket, Color Replacer, Line, and Pan. Overall improvements include:

  • Command Line Open
  • Multithreaded Adjustments/Effects
  • Layer Properties Live Preview
  • Translucent Colors
  • Various Bug Fixes

Pinta 0.2 includes new image adjustment tools like Hue/Saturation, Brightness/Contrast, and Levels. Developers also added a bunch of new effects, including Ink Sketch, Gaussian Blur, and Pencil Sketch.

Pinta is a great option for anyone looking for an image editor with a lot of options and an easy learning curve. What's your favorite drawing and image editor? Let us know in the comments.