Pinta is a free, open source drawing/editing program modeled after Paint.NET. Its goal is to provide users with a simple yet powerful way to draw and manipulate images on Linux, Mac, and Windows. Pinta 1.4 has just been released with new features, improvements and many bug fixes. This simple tutorial will show you how to install it on Ubuntu 12.04, 12.10, and 11.10 from PPA.

New Features / Improvements in Pinta 1.4:

  • Magic Wand tool selection modes (Union, Exclude, Xor, and Intersect).
  • Layer blend modes.
  • Reduced memory usage in the Open Images Pad (over 100mb in some cases).
  • Significantly reduced memory usage for history (only the difference between
    the two images is stored)
  • Copy/Paste support for the text tool.
  • Improved rendering performance.
  • The colour picker tool now supports different sampling sizes, and sampling
    from a single layer or the entire image.
  • Improved support for special characters and alternate input methods in the
    text tool.
  • Added a Copy Merged command to copy the flattened image/selection to the
    clipboard, instead of just the current layer.
  • Added a drop shadow to the canvas.
  • Improved support for extensions:
  • Extensions can be initialized/uninitialized properly, including removing
    any tools/effects that were registered.
  • Downloads from remote repositories are now enabled.

Install Pinta 1.4 from PPA:

Hit Ctrl+Alt+T to launch a terminal window, copy and paste this command into terminal and hit enter to add Pinta stable PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pinta-maintainers/pinta-stable

Then update and install Pinta:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install pinta