Top 5 Photoshop Alternatives On Ubuntu 16.04 and 14.04

Hello everyone, how is your Thursday afternoon going so far? Happy Thanksgiving to all of you who are in America and that celebrate that “holiday”.  As for the rest of the world, lets just remember tomorrow is Friday so our ‘holiday’ starts then lol, anyway…on this page you will find the best Photoshop replacements on Ubuntu, make sure you try at least 3 of these choices, some of you just visit the first two Photoshop alternative without giving the rest a chance, me included lol. Before we give you the Photoshop app on Ubuntu, lets give you some information about why Linux can’t naturally run Photoshop even in 2015 and beyond.

Can I run Photoshop In Ubuntu?

No, you unfortunately can NOT run Photoshop on Ubuntu or any other Linux distro, at least not naturally, by naturally I mean you can’t just go to adobe.com and download the Linux version of Photoshop.

There is a work around that people use with software like WINE or running a Virtual Machine, I have used both and honestly it still doesn’t compare to the original Photoshop which runs smoothly on a Mac or Windows system.

Often the plugins don’t work, fonts are messed up, sometimes its slow, the list of issues goes on and on and getting Photoshop to work on WINE or another Virtual Machine isn’t easy, not all, you have to do a lot of useless stuff just to load it up right, smh! Believe me, it’s better to use the following Photoshop alternatives for your Ubuntu OS.


1. Use PixlrThe closest thing you will get to Photoshop Online

Pixlr Editor on Ubuntu

Use Pixlr on Ubuntu

Pixlr Editor really would be an excellent choice for experienced users who haven’t got access to a computer with a pixel-based image editor already installed. Rather than downloading software, Pixlr Editor allows users to access a host of powerful image editing features from any computer with an internet connection. It is without a doubt my favorite graphics editing software to use on Ubuntu. It is free, online and it has about 80-90% of all the default features and plugins that come with the latest Adobe Photoshop. Did I mention it also recognises the fonts you download on your Ubuntu automatically? Yeah, it’s that good.

 2. Download Pixeluvo for Ubuntu

Get Pixeluvo on Ubuntu for free

Install Pixeluvo on Ubuntu

Pixeluvo is an image editing and photo manipulation application designed to be both powerful and easy to use. It contains a wide range of advanced features including non-destructive editing via adjustment layers, full support for raw image formats, powerful color correction tools, realistic pressure-sensitive drawing tools and many image enhancement filters. Pixeluvo is sort of a hidden gem, I didn’t know about it until about 30 minutes before I wrote this post. I immediately downloaded it and I must say I am quite impressed, it is better than I thought hence why it is placed ahead of Gimp.

3. Download GIMP for Ubuntu

Get Gimp on Ubuntu 14.04

Install Gimp on Ubuntu

GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc. GIMP is expandable and extensible. It is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything. I will admit GIMP is a good program for Linux distros but it is still far behind Photoshop in many areas, simple as that.

 4. Download GIMPshop for Ubuntu

Get GIMPshop on Ubuntu

Install GIMPShop on Ubuntu

GIMPshop is a modification of the free/open source GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP), intended to replicate the feel of Adobe Photoshop. Its primary purpose is to make users of Photoshop feel comfortable using GIMP. It shares all GIMP’s advantages, including the long feature list and customisability, while addressing some common criticisms regarding the program’s interface: GIMPshop modifies the menu structure to closely match Photoshop’s, adjusts the program’s terminology to match Adobe’s, and, in the Windows version, uses a plugin called ‘Deweirdifier’ to combine the application’s numerous windows in a similar manner to the MDI system used by most Windows graphics packages. While GIMPshop does not support Photoshop plugins, all GIMP’s own plugins, filters, brushes, etc. remain available

 5. Download GimPhoto for Ubuntu

Get GimPhoto on Ubuntu Free

Install GimPhoto on Ubuntu 

GimPhoto is a GIMP modification with new menu, additional plugins and resources to bring the best GIMP experience to Photoshop users. GimPhoto also comes with additional features like save for web, batch processing, layer styles, photoshop plugin support and tons of brush sets. I tried GimPhoto for about 20-30 minutes and it is not that bad, I might replace it from the list if I find another app for Ubuntu that is better but for now, these are the top 5.

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  • Svyatoslav

    Thanks!

    • Juniya

      🙂 No problemo!

  • kumar immanuel

    thanks a lot friend…:)

    • Juniya

      You are welcome!!:)

  • Ayno

    Hey, can you make a photofiltre alternatives top 5 plz ?

    • Juniya

      Alright, we have assigned Rebecca to start working on this. We should have it done within the next 3-5 days.

  • tantantan05

    I think Gimpshop is discontinued?

    • Scott Moschella

      Hi, I am the original creator of Gimpshop, technically the original domain was stolen from and I haven’t updated the software for a few years now but I might again, who knows.

      • tantantan05

        I’m sorry to heart that dude… 🙁

      • Aaron Cooke

        Oh my god! I HATE hackers! I feel SO bad for you!

      • Where can one find it now? Is it safe??- Lawrence Olivier, “Marathon Man”

  • So till now I have seen one thing that is, Pixlr is just perfect as the photo editor in all platform. Its awesome in windows as well as in ubuntu. Besides that as an android user I can say its good for android phone as well.

  • Fithian

    Pixlr is good, Sumopaint is even better at emulating the Photoshop feel

  • Thanks much. Had a huge problem with graphics display old lappy- now it works and need to engineer some world class pics.

  • Tom

    What about smart crop? i use it a lot in PS

  • Ryan

    In addition to the very good Pixeluvo, Polarr is now also available for Ubuntu.