On Windows, my favorite image editor is Paint.NET. However, on Linux, GIMP is as unfriendly as photoshop despite having less features. (i.e. It takes ages to load, their's far too much stuff).

Most of my image editing is simple things where Photoshop or GIMP would be overkill. Paint.NET does not run on Wine or Mono.

So is there any similar fast and simple but powerful image editor available for Linux?

EDIT: There is a Mono version available, but I don't want to have to deal with installing svn versions of mono, and compiling the version myself.

  • Could we as OS X to this thread?
    – Mike Wills
    Jul 27, 2009 at 20:52
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    @Mike . No. While a lot of Linux apps produce Mac versions, the opposite is not true.
    – Macha
    Jul 27, 2009 at 21:01
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    @Mike, see yesterday's "What is the best Paint-like program for Mac OS X?" at superuser.com/questions/13354/…
    – Arjan
    Jul 27, 2009 at 21:18

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Pinta looks pretty good.

Pinta is a drawing/editing program modeled after Paint.NET. It's goal is to provide a simplified alternative to GIMP for casual users. It is currently early in development.

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  • I had never heard of this before. I found that it is a very clean, light weight (faster loading) alternative to Gimp. Thanks!
    – bafilius
    Aug 28, 2013 at 19:27

KDE comes with KolourPaint, which is essentially exactly like Paint for windows. If you want a little more power, KOffice includes Krita, which I've really liked. I'm sure there are also some GTK-based apps if that's your preference but I've definitely found both KolorPaint and Krita useful, so you really should check them out.

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    Paint.NET is quite a bit more advanced than standard windows paint
    – pavsaund
    Jul 27, 2009 at 20:56
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    Krita is quite a bit more advanced than Paint.NET
    – EFraim
    Jul 27, 2009 at 21:19
  • I've tried this out, and it seems to be good.
    – Macha
    Jul 28, 2009 at 16:24
  • It's actually called KolourPaint (note the British-influenced spelling), and at least on (K)Ubuntu it comes in a package called kolourpaint: packages.ubuntu.com/hardy/kolourpaint. Can you fix that in the post? Other than that, +1.
    – Jonik
    Nov 2, 2009 at 13:26

Looks like paint.net can run on Mono the .NET implemetation for linux. The linux version is called paint-mono. Not sure you can find readily available binaries for that, but maybe you don't mind compiling it from the source code ;)

  • I'd like to stay away from compiling beta software (the port is beta. Even the screenshot on the homepage shows some issues)
    – Macha
    Jul 27, 2009 at 20:59

You may also want to check out inkscape. It is a multi-platform vector image editor. Vector editing is a little different than pixel-based editing, but I find that it to be preferable -- you can move items around, change colours, fill styles, etc, and, when your done, export it to an image.

See also the Bitmap Editor? thread on the ubuntu forums.

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    Vector editing is great, but that's not what he's asking about - he wants to edit images. Inkscape is more analogous to Adobe Illustrator, while Paint.net is more like Photoshop. Jul 27, 2009 at 22:01

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