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Photoflare an image editor for Linux

In Linux, we have applications for almost every operation we can imagine. From applications like IDE that allow developing applications or e-mail servers. But there are also some oriented to multimedia content such as videos, audios, and photos. In this post, we will talk about an image editor for Linux called Photoflare.

Photoflare image editor for Linux

If we talk about image editors we always think of Adobe Photoshop and in the case of Linux, we think of Gimp. In both cases, we are talking about professional applications that are highly powerful. However, sometimes we may not need that much.

Photoflare an image editor for Linux - Image from photoflare.io
Photoflare an image editor for Linux – Image from photoflare.io

So, with the main objective of bringing quick, simple but powerful image editing to the masses, Photoflare was born. It’s inspired by Photofiltre but it does not want to be seen as a clone. But as a different cross-platform application with many improvements.

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Some of these improvements include performance. The application is quite fast to execute tasks thanks to being built with C++ and the simple and intuitive graphical interface made with QT.

Also, it is available in many language such as German, English, Chinese or French.

Main features

With Photoflare you will have the main utilities of a simple but powerful image editor. You can create a new image, resize the image and the image canvas, rotate images.

However, it has other more advanced features such as text handling and gradients. It is also possible to adjust the hue.

Besides this, you can adjust brightness, contrast, saturation or gamma ccorection.

On the other hand, Photoflare has a very complete online documentation that will help newcomers to be able to use it without problems.

Install Photoflare image editor on Linux

Fortunately, Photoflare is available for Linux through pre-compiled packages for Ubuntu, Linux Mint and Arch Linux.

However, the big news in version 1.6.3 which is the most recent is that Flathub has been included. Therefore, using Flatpak we will be able to install it without problems.

In this case, I will choose to use the PPA for Ubuntu / Linux Mint. To do this open the terminal and run:

:~$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:photoflare/photoflare-stable

Then, update the APT cache and finally install Photoflare.

:~$ sudo apt update
:~$ sudo apt install photoflare

After that, launch it from the main menu.

1.- Photoflare
1.- Photoflare

As you see on the main screen it has many options ready to be used.


Many like to edit images for fun and others for work. So, Photoflare wants to be a simple application but with the potential to be used daily.

Similarly, Photoflare is available for Windows, Linux, and MacOS and although it doesn’t have the power of GIMP or Photoshop, it doesn’t want that either. Just do the basics in a good way.

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