Starting with Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx, Ubuntu no longer came with the GNU Image Manipulation Tool (the GIMP), and all subsequent versions of Ubuntu follow in their predecessor’s footsteps. This makes some sense; the GIMP is rather more image editing capability than your average user needs. However, some users want the GIMP back – it is a powerful and useful tool, and unlike Adobe Photoshop, it’s free. (I prepare many of my ebook covers using the GIMP.) Fortunately, the packages are readily available in the Ubuntu repositories, and it’s quite easy to install the GIMP. It only takes one Terminal command:
sudo apt-get install gimp
Enter your password to authenticate when prompted, and apt-get will download and install the GIMP for you. When the installation is complete, you can launch the GIMP by going to the Activities Overview, searching for “GIMP”, and clicking on the application’s icon.
Also, by default GIMP opens in three separate windows – one for the canvas itself, one for the toolbox, and one for dockable dialogs. If you want GIMP to run in single-window mode, with all three windows combined into one, go to the Windows menu and select Single-Window Mode.
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