Photo editing software is often used by professional photographers as well as amateur shooters to add various enhancements to pictures taken with a camera. Especially with the growing popularity of digital photography nowadays, a good photo editor is almost a necessity if you are into photography.


In this post, I will cover popular photo editing software tools on Linux. All listed photo editing programs are free for use, and yet boast of comprehensive and powerful retouch, repair, transformation and metadata functions expected by serious photographers. Besides such commonly available photo editing functions, they also have some other notable features which I mention in the list.

Darktable


  • Fully non-destructive editing on photo image data
  • Export to Picasa Web Albums, Flickr, and standalone HTML
  • GPU acceleration via OpenCL
  • Tethered camera shooting
  • Darktable official website          
digiKam

  • On-the-fly auto-transformations during picture downloading
  • Extendable image processing plugins via Kipi (KDE Image Plugin Interface)
  • Support for face detection and recognition
  • Support for image versioning
  • digiKam official website
Fotoxx

  • Handy thumbnail browser with multiple thumbnail sizes
  • Batch functions for renaming and tagging
  • Support for HDR panorama stitching and processing
  • Fotoxx official website
Gimp

  • Customizable modular interface
  • Support for various input hardware controller (e.g., USB/mouse wheel, keyboard, tablet) to speed up workflow actions
  • Gimp official website

Rawstudio

  • RAW image processing program with 32-bit floating point processing engine
  • Tethered camera shooting
  • Export to GIMP
  • Batch uploading for Picasa Web Albums, Flickr and Facebook.
  • Automatic photo improvements (e.g., dead/stuck pixel removal) and lens correction

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