For anyone who has ever struggled with complicated image editing software, Photoflare may be a welcome relief. This open-source editor provides all the basic features you need to edit images, and it does so with a clean, simple interface. In addition to the standard tools for cropping, rotating, and resizing images.
Photoflare also offers a range of filters and effects that can be applied with just a few clicks. And if you need more advanced features, such as layers or masking, there are plugins available that can add these capabilities. Best of all, Photoflare is free to download and use, making it an excellent choice for anyone who wants to edit images without spending much money.
In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Photoflare on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using two different methods with the command line terminal.
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First, update your system to ensure all existing packages are up to date to avoid conflicts.
sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y
Install PhotoFlare – APT PPA Method
The first and probably the best method to utilize the APT package manager is to install the PPA by the “PhotoFlare Dev Team” team. When importing, you have the option to install the latest stable or the daily upstream version for those that prefer bleeding-edge software.
Select a PPA to import; remember, if you import both, the latest version is always selected, which in most cases will be the unstable version.
Import PhotoFlare Stable PPA
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:photoflare/photoflare-stable -y
Import PhotoFlare Daily PPA
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:photoflare/photoflare-daily -y
Before you continue, run an APT update to reflect the newly added PPAs.
sudo apt update
Now install PhotoFlare.
sudo apt install photoflare -y
Install PhotoFlare – Flatpak Method
The second option is to use the Flatpak package manager. Flatpak is not installed natively on Ubuntu 22.04, given Canonical is behind both Ubuntu and Snaps, but it is available to install if you so wish.
First, install the Flatpak manager if it was removed previously.
sudo apt install flatpak -y
For users installing Flatpak for the first time, it is often recommended to reboot your system. Failure to do this can occur with odd issues, such as paths not being generated for icons.
SKIP THE REBOOT IF FLATPAK IS INSTALLED.
Next, you need to enable Flatpack using the following command in your terminal.
sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo
Now install PhotoFlare using the following flatpak command.
flatpak install flathub io.photoflare.photoflare -y
How to Launch PhotoFlare
Launching can be done in a few ways now that you have the software installed.
First, in your terminal, type the following command to launch immediately.
Alternatively, Flatpak users will need to launch using the command below from a terminal instance.
flatpak run io.photoflare.photoflare -y
However, this is not practical, and you would use the following path on your desktop.
Activities > Show Applications> PhotoFlare.
Once open, you can begin to use the image editor. First-time users or those familiar with GIMP, I would still strongly encourage you to take a quick look at the official documentation and bookmark it, as this has some easy-to-find tips on common tasks or advanced using PhotoFlare.
How to Update/Upgrade PhotoFlare
Depending on the method of installation used, the following commands can be used to update.
APT Update Method
sudo apt upgrade && sudo apt upgrade
Flatpak Update Method
How to Remove (Uninstall) PhotoFlare
Use one of the following commands to suit the original installation method for users who no longer require the application.
APT Remove Method
sudo apt autoremove photoflare -y
Next, for users that will not use PhotoFlare again, you should remove the PPA that matched your installation.
Remove Stable PPA:
sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:photoflare/photoflare-stable -y
Remove Daily PPA:
sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:photoflare/photoflare-daily -y
Flatpak Remove Method
flatpak uninstall --delete-data io.photoflare.photoflare
Next, run the following command for any leftover clean-up.
flatpak remove --unused
Comments and Conclusion
PhotoFlare is a very versatile image editor that can be used by amateurs and professionals alike. It has an intuitive interface and many powerful features, making it the perfect tool for any task you might need to perform with photos. I would highly recommend trying this program for all your photo editing needs!