GIMP Paint Studio
GIMP Paint Studio is a package that comes with new tools and brushes, designed to improve the drawing capabilities of GIMP. We've covered GIMP Paint Studio a long time ago (wow, almost 2 years ago) and many things have changed since then - most importantly, GIMP Paint Studio now comes with an Ubuntu PPA so it's very easy to install it in Ubuntu.
GIMP Paint studio can be used for many tasks, including painting, erasing, blurring, airbrushing, inking and special effects.
For those who are not familiar with GIMP Paint Studio, here is a video introduction:
To add the PPA and install GIMP Paint Studio in Ubuntu (you obviously need to install GIMP first), use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:shnatsel/gimp-paint-studio sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install gimp-paint-studio
You can also download GIMP Paint Studio from its Google Code page - there are Windows .exe files available too, as well as a GIMP Paint Studio manual available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
GIMP Paint Studio is "particularly useful with GIMP-Painter patch" says the GIMP Paint Studio PPA.
GIMP Painter adds some color blending and line smoothing features you can see in the video below (the video is quite old though):
Unfortunately, GIMP Painter is not a separate package but a whole patched GIMP. If you're using GIMP from the official Ubuntu repositories (Lucid, Maverick or Natty), the installation is very easy - just copy/paste the following commands in a terminal:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mizuno-as/gimp-painter sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade
If you're using a newer GIMP version such as the latest stable version (available in the WebUpd8 PPA for example) - 2.6.11, you won't be able to use the above PPA because it has the same GIMP version as the official Ubuntu repositories (2.6.10 for Maverick). You can however install it, either by purging the PPA, downgrading GIMP or the easiest way: manually download the GIMP packages and install them using a terminal.
To do this, download the following .deb files:
- Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat
- Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx
To install the above packages, download them all in some folder, let's say the "gimp" folder in your home directory and then use the following commands to install it:
sudo dpkg -i *.deb
Now GIMP with the GIMP Painter patch should be installed. Make sure you don't upgrade GIMP (as well as gimp-data and libgimp2.0 or else you'll lose the GIMP Painter patch!
Important: this will only work if you're using GIMP 2.6.11 and it won't work if you use GIMP 2.7.x (if you're using 2.7.x, the only way to install GIMP with the Painter patch is to purge the PPA from where you've installed GIMP 2.7.x!).