This tutorial will discuss the steps followed to Install GIMP 2.x on CentOS 8 / RHEL 8 Desktop Linux distribution. GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is an cross-platform, open source image manipulation software with tools and filters only found in commercial offerings. You can think of it as Adobe Photoshop alternative which is totally free to use. Gimp can run on a Windows, Linux, macOS and BSD system.

Features of Gimp

These are the few features offered by Gimp to guys working with Graphics and image manipulation.

  • Support for multiple File Formats: The file format support ranges from the common likes of JPEG (JFIF), GIF, PNG, TIFF to special use formats such as the multi-resolution and multi-color-depth Windows icon files
  • Hardware Support: GIMP includes a very unique support for various input devices out of the box. Pressure and tilt sensitive tablets, but also a wide range of USB or MIDI controllers.
  • Digital Retouching: GIMP is ideal for advanced photo retouching techniques. Get rid of unneeded details using the clone tool, or touch up minor details easily with the new healing tool.
  • Photo Enhancement: Numerous digital photo imperfections can be easily compensated for using GIMP. Fix perspective distortion caused by lens tilt simply choosing the corrective mode in the transform tools. Eliminate lens’ barrel distortion and vignetting with a powerful filter but a simple interface.
  • Customizable Interface: The interface is modulized into so called docks, allowing you to stack them into tabs or keep them open in their own window. Pressing the tab key will toggle them hidden.

Install Gimp on CentOS 8 / RHEL 8

Gimp packages are available on the AppStream repository added as default during CentOS/RHEL 8 installation. You can have a look at our guide covering using AppStream repository.

$ sudo dnf provides gimp
Last metadata expiration check: 0:17:47 ago on Fri 04 Oct 2019 08:54:03 AM EAT.
gimp-2:2.8.22-15.module_el8.0.0+36+bb6a76a2.x86_64 : GNU Image Manipulation Program
Repo        : AppStream
Matched from:
Provide    : gimp = 2:2.8.22-15.module_el8.0.0+36+bb6a76a2

Install Gimp 2.x on CentOS 8 / RHEL 8 Linux system by running the command:

sudo dnf -y install gimp

Confirm installation by checking package details.

$ dnf info gimp
Last metadata expiration check: 0:07:54 ago on Fri 04 Oct 2019 09:19:20 AM EAT.
Installed Packages
Name         : gimp
Epoch        : 2
Version      : 2.10.12
Release      : 3.module_f30+6174+bc22f659
Architecture : x86_64
Size         : 115 M
Source       : gimp-2.10.12-3.module_f30+6174+bc22f659.src.rpm
Repository   : @System
From repo    : updates-modular
Summary      : GNU Image Manipulation Program
URL          : http://www.gimp.org/
License      : GPLv3+ and GPLv3

Launch Gimp on CentOS 8 / RHEL 8

After installing Gimp on CentOS 8 / RHEL 8, you can start the application from the web interface or Desktop application launcher such as Gnome, KDE e.t.c.

GIMP provides a large image manipulation toolbox which enables you to perform channel operations and layers, effects, sub-pixel imaging and anti-aliasing, and conversions, all with multi-level undo. Enjoy your design with this tool and support Development in any way you can.

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