I'm looking for recommendations for something easy to use that will allow me to edit my images. I fiddled with Inkspace and GIMP and found them not so intuitive (I don't want to have to read a manual to know how to draw a border around some part of the image).

  • gimp is worth the effort, it is a good piece of sw. Not the most user friendly but quite competent :) – Johan Nov 10 '10 at 16:00
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    @Johan, I'm sure it is, and so is Inkscape. I just hate being frustrated, that's it. – tshepang Nov 10 '10 at 22:18
  • You can wine mspaint, I did that a long time ago when I was unwilling to make myself learn gimp :) – Michael Mrozek Nov 11 '10 at 7:04
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    In gimp, make a rectangle selection, then in menu edit you find "Stroke Selection..." and that will paint the rectangular selection. But then gimp is for photo editing and not painting... – Johan Nov 14 '10 at 21:06
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    @Johan, now that's what I call not easy-to-use. How would an inexperienced user guess she had to select "Stroke Selection..."? With Kolourpaint or Pinta, I just selected rectangle and was able to draw right away. +1 for the 'answer' though. – tshepang Nov 14 '10 at 21:19

It depends what exactly do you need to do with your images...

If you want something like mspaint you could try Kolourpaint (from KDE)...

If you want process photos (change brightness/crop/etc) I'll recomend Digikam - it is digital album (like f-spot or picasa mentioned before) with lot of tools to change properities of photos - crop, change brightness, denoise etc...

  • +1 for Kolourpaint. More mature than Pinta. – tshepang Nov 14 '10 at 20:27
  • also Krita since this seems to be about KDE imaging apps. – xenoterracide Nov 15 '10 at 21:49

Try Pinta, its interface is pretty similar to MS Paint's.

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    quite immature at the moment, but pretty much fits the ease-of-use I was looking for; thanks – tshepang Nov 10 '10 at 22:29

Well, some of the programs include:

  • f-spot
  • gthumb

They are easy to use but their options are pretty poor comparing to Inkscape or Gimp (even though Inscape is used for vector editing and Gimp for raster).

Have in mind that Gimp is worth trying a little harder because when you master its basic functions, it will boost your image editing on a daily basis. If you dont like current UI of Gimp, use v2.7 to get single window UI (like Photoshop). Here's a bunch of nice and free PDFs for Gimp usage and stuff.

  • Picasa isn't FLOSS is it? If so, why mention it? – tshepang Dec 1 '10 at 13:54
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    Uh sorry, my bad Tshepang. I removed it now :) – user2648 Dec 1 '10 at 22:42
  • I removed the requirement for FLOSS. – tshepang Feb 24 '11 at 5:57

Is you would like it to be fast, best is using a shell tool like imagemagic, maybe combined with a short script to create the options for imagemagice.

Whether this approach is feasible, depends heavily on properties of use case. It can be anything between obviously easy to do, and obviously impossibe.

The range in between is large and diverse - I would like to explain for your case,
what I woud expect.

Please explain as clearly as possible what problem has to be solved, and your Idea of what schould happen. An important aspect is, whether there factor involved that cause variation in the tasks.

Best wishes for now!

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