Photoflare: an open source image editor for simple editing needs

Introduction: Photoflare is an image editor available for Linux and Windows. The editor has a free and open source community version.

GIMP is the first choice for image editing on Linux. However, if you don’t need advanced editing features, GIMP can be overwhelming. This is where apps like Photoflare step in.

PhotoFlare: Simple image editor

Photoflare is an editor that provides basic image editing functions through a simple and easy-to-use interface.

It is inspired by popular Windows applications Photography filters. The application is not a clone file, it is written in C++ from scratch and uses the Qt framework as an interface.

Functions include cropping, flip/rotate, and resize images. You can also use tools such as paint brushes, paint buckets, spray cans, blur tools and erasers. The magic wand tool allows you to select a specific area of ​​the image.

You can also add lines and text on the image. You can also change the hue variation to change the tone of the image.

You can also create images from scratch like any other painting application.

Batch editing options allow you to simultaneously resize, convert file formats and add filters to multiple photos.

Batch editing in PhotoflareBatch editing function in Photoflare | Image source: Photoflare website

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For ease of reference, I will list the main features of Photoflare:

  • Create/draw image
  • Crop image
  • Rotate image
  • Resize the picture
  • Edit images with tools such as paintbrush, paint bucket, spray, blur tool and image
  • Add lines and text on the image
  • Change the color tone of the image
  • Add old filter
  • Batch resize, filters, etc.

Install Photflare on Linux

Photoflare Editor Linux

On Photoflare’s website, you can find pricing and monthly subscription options. However, the application is open source, The source code is available on GitHub.

The app also free use. of Pricing/Subscription section Financial support for the project. You can download it for free, and if you like the app and can continue to use it, please consider donating to the project.

Halo has one Official PPA Applicable to Ubuntu and Ubuntu-based distributions. This PPA can be used in Ubuntu 18.04 and 20.04 versions.

Open the terminal and install Photoflare one by one using the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:photoflare/photoflare-stable
sudo apt update
sudo apt install photoflare

To remove Photoflare from an Ubuntu-based distribution, use the following command:

sudo apt remove photoflare

It is better to delete PPA as well:

sudo add-apt-repository -r ppa:photoflare/photoflare-stable

Arch Linux And Manjaro users can Obtained from AUR.

Fedora has no packages available, so you must obtain the source code:

Halo source code

Experience halo

I found that it is a bit similar to Pinta, but with more functions. This is a simple tool for some basic image editing. The batch function is a plus.

I did notice that the image does not look sharp when opened for editing. I opened the screenshot for editing, and the font looked blurry. However, after saving the image and opening it in the image viewer, this problem does not appear.

In short, if you don’t want professional image editing, it is a good tool.

If you have used it or tried it, please share your experience with Photoflare.

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