Pinta is an excellent image editing tool for both novice and experienced users. The user interface is straightforward yet still packed with features. The drawing tools are comprehensive and easy to use, and the wide range of effects makes it easy to add a professional touch to your images. One of the best features of Pinta is the ability to create unlimited layers. This makes it easy to keep your work organized and tidy, which is essential for anyone who wants to develop complex or detailed images. Pinta is a great all-around image editor in every artist’s toolkit.
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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 Pinta – APT Ubuntu Method
The first installation option is to use the APT manager, the easiest and quickest installation method.
Run the following command to install the software.
sudo apt install pinta -y
Install Pinta – 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. Installing Pinta with Flatpak is often the best method for users who want the latest version.
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 Pinta using the following flatpak command.
flatpak install flathub com.github.PintaProject.Pinta -y
How to Launch Pinta
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 com.github.PintaProject.Pinta
However, this is not practical, and you would use the following path on your desktop.
Show Applications > Show Applications> Pinata.
Once open, you can begin to use image-editing software. I suggest first-time users visit the official Pinta user guide for complete documentation on getting started with Pinta.
How to Update/Upgrade Pinta
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) Pinta
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 pinta -y
Flatpak Remove Method
flatpak uninstall --delete-data com.github.PintaProject.Pinta
Next, run the following command for any leftover clean-up.
flatpak remove --unused
Comments and Conclusion
If you’re looking for a powerful yet easy-to-use image editing application, Pinta is worth checking out. With over 35 effects and the ability to create unlimited layers, you’ll be able to create stunning images in no time. And best of all, it’s free!