A big ol’ update to the GNU Image Manipulation Programme (better known to most as The GIMP) is now available to download.

GIMP 2.10.12 features a truck-load of bug fixes as well as a couple of notable feature enhancements, including improvements to the curves tool and layers support when exporting TIFF images.

For more on this release, and how you can get it on your system, read on!

GIMP 2.10.12 Released

GIMP 2.10.12 curves tool lgw

GIMP is one of the finest open-source apps out there but, like all software, it suffers from unexpected bugs, glitches and crashes.

A number of notable niggles were discovered soon after the release of GIMP 2.10.10 back in April, including issues with brush formats, unintended changing of foreground/background colors in tool presets, and “crashes for various reasons”.

Enter the latest point release in the 2.10.x series, GIMP 2.10.12. This update sands, smooths and solves many of these rough edges (while no-doubt introducing a few more).

It also offers some notable improvements too, including:

  • Improved Curves tool
  • Layers support for TIFF exporting
  • Support for user-installed fonts on Windows
  • Faster painting
  • Improved symmetry painting support
  • Free Select tool now creates a preliminary selection
  • New Offset tool

And:

  • Move tool can move intersecting guides

This latter feature is something i’ve wanted for a while.

Beyond today the team say work on GIMP 3 is “going well”, and tease “more news soon” — intriguing!

Love GIMP? Help GIMP!

Like many well-known open-source projects, GIMP is heavily dependant on user contributions. If you’re flush with cash and feeling friendly why not fling a few cents in Wilber’s direction? He’d greatly appreciate it:

Donate to GIMP

Install GIMP 2.10.12 on Ubuntu

GIMP is free, open source software available for Windows, macOS and Linux. Head to the downloads page on the GIMP website to get installers or source code.

Linux Mint and Ubuntu users can use Otto Kesselgulasch’s GIMP PPA to install the latest version of GIMP on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS or later:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp

Note: Otto’s PPA isn’t sporting the latest build as I hit publish, but the guy is usually on the ball. Feel free to add his PPA now to get the update in a day or two.

GIMP is also available to install from Flathub and the Snap store, though the latter is still on 2.10.10 as of writing.

Screenshot: LibreGraphicsWorld

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