Painting Programs for Linux
Are you an artist, graphic designer or something like that? Well, then you maybe know, if you use Linux, that there’s no really professional program in this category of software… sadly.
Sure, there’s the Gimp but can it be compared with photoshop? Its layout is ostic, it does not work well, it’s simply difficult to manager, no learning curve will make you more confortable with the big 3 windows flying one over the other on the screen… and it hasn’t got all of the power in full and free transforming like photoshop, nor many of the others automated tools…at least you can use Photoshop Plugins in The Gimp, even under Linux..
The Gimp is the only one really know graphic program for Linux but it’s not the only one. I’m not going to talk about Tux Paint or other similar toys. There’s Mac Cinepaint and this is a pretty nice program but still almost unusable like Gimp for its horrible layout (It is a gimp fork after all). What I can’t understand is why Gimp yet hasn’t got any CMYK support (Which will arrive with project GEGL) while a lot of others little free projects around has it already…
If you don’t have to photo edit but even paint than with linux it is worst than going in a tropical forest by night: no choice at all, no software, no painting ability for any free software. This sucks. What can you do? Say goodbye to Linux? Not really.
I’m going to introduce you Deep Paint for Right Hemisphere and ArtRage from Ambient Design! Both are freeware programs for Windows but they work perfectly under Linux with Wine, no Bug. You just download the installer, run something like:
And they install and work perfectly.
Deep Paint for windows
Deep Paint is completely freeware even if it is not opensource, and it is one of the best painting programs around, so the situation is raised for Linux users of something like a kilometer over the sky by this program alone… use it, give it try, it is incredibly professional and performant.
ArtRage for Windows, there’s also a Mac Version and it works great!
As for ArtRage there’s a freeware version with very few painting tools available and a commercial version that only costs 25$. I can ensure you, this software rocks, it is worth the expense, I bought it and use it and it i almost like painting for really! And it works perfectly with wine too. The latest ArtRage version (Commercial) needs a library to work, download it from here and copy it in your home/yourusername/.wine/drive_c/windows/system32 and ArtRage will work perfectly!
Now as for the pensource community there are great news in the horizon… the very near horizon it seems. There’s this awesome software, almost unknown, KOffice. Since OpenOffice is the most famous, KOffice is always hidden in its shadow bu even if it was a really useless software till last year (At least for me) it is becoming ever and ever more complex and functional. Its evolution is beying flash quick and that’s not a surprise since the entire KDE Desktop Environment is evolving at full speed with the version number 4!
In KOffice there’s Krita, formerly known as a painting program. It has never been it. It just looked like a very poor version of Photoshop with a better layout and look than The Gimp but not even half the power of it (And Gimp hasn’t even half the power of Photoshop I’m sad to say…)! Even though, there’s one thing that I noticed from the first times I tryed out Krita: it has support for CMYK! How is it possible? You wouldn’t expect this from a very poor software like this! And The Gimp yet hasn’t got it! Incredible indeed but that’s not the good new…
Since version 2.6 of KOffice Krita is becoming ever more usable. Its layout is very similar to photoshop, putting it kilometer ahead The Gimp an it has a growing number of new functions and now I visit this blog and look at that… Krita is really becoming a complex painting program! It will be the first one with a real painting simulation for Linux and not only: two Italian programmers are working on it and it’s thanks to them if Krita 2 in the alpha stage has already reached this level of painting!!
Amazing boys! I expect very big things from this new Krita! Keep working that way! Looks like the color swatches are even more complex and realistic than the Greatest painting program around, Corel Painter! Well that’s a dream coming true… while we wait for a wonderful new Krita, try out Deep Paint and Art Rage: they’re worth the try!
Since I do believe so much that the Linux community needs a good painting program and I’m not a coder, I created .wdi packages of Deep Paint and Art Rage for Winedoors (See my article), hopefully they’ll be available in the next winedoors repositoryes update. I have access to svn and have already uploaded my packages. With this DeepPaint and ArtRage will be installable in Linux with a single click of your mouse ! Nice, hum ? Hope this is going to help someone!