GIMP 2.10.0 Has Arrived & You Can Download It For Free

Many improved tools, as well as several new features, have been added to this free photo editing software.

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GIMP 2.10

 

Back in March, we said that the GIMP team were '12 blocker bugs away from making the final release' of the latest version of their free-to-use photo editing software and it seems the bugs have been fixed as version 2.10.0 is now available for download

The new release comes after 6 years of work and there's a long list of notable changes including an updated UI, new blend modes, layer groups can finally have masks on them and new tools such as the Warp transform, the Unified transform and the Handle transform tools have been introduced. 

 

GIMP 2.10 - shadows and highlights filter

 

Some of the new filters are also specifically targeted at photographers with tools such as exposure, Shadows-Highlights, High-pass, Wavelet Decompose, Panorama Projection and others making it easier for those who regularly capture images to edit them successfully. 

The update is pretty huge so to read up on what's new and improved, take a look at the GIMP 2.10.0 release notes. There's also a summary of 'GIMP's best bits' over on the GIMP news pages. 

GIMP 2.10.0 Quick Look At What's New:

  • Updated user interface
  • GEGL port, high bit depth support, multi-threading, and more
  • Linear colour space workflow
  • Colour management revamped
  • Layers and masks improved
  • Unified Transform. Warp Transform and Handle Transform introduced
  • Better selection tools
  • Colour tool improvements
  • Text tool supports CJK and more writing systems
  • Digital painting improvements
  • Digital photography improvements (including new filters)
  • General bug fixes and usability improvements
  • More file formats supported
     

Curves adjustment

 

The next big update after this release will be v3.0 that will update the user interface further, offer better support for graphics tablets as well as HiDPI displays and Wayland on Linux. 

"We are also opening the 2.10.x series for new features," says the GIMP team. "This means you don’t have to wait for exciting improvements for years anymore: any new feature can indeed be backported to a 2.10.x release as long as its code is not too invasive and making maintenance difficult. All the new features from 2.10.x will be part of 3.0 as well."

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