Curious is that, just when they had updated the Snap to v2.10.14 and had used this package again, GNOME Foundation has released GIMP 2.10.18. Personally, all I needed was the new option that allows us to add effects to a layer without being limited by the dimensions of the layer, so I thought I could stay a season in the Snap package. But I was wrong. The new version is also worth it.
GIMP 2.10.18 is coming to succeed the software v2.10.14. At first they should have released v2.10.16, but they skipped it when everything was ready because they had a critical bug to fix. Therefore, among the new features that Gimp 2.10.18 includes, we already know that there are bug fixes, but this is common after any update. There are others much more interesting, such as a 3D effect or the sidebar that now groups the tools by default.
Table of Contents
GIMP 2.10.18 Highlights
- Tools are now grouped in the toolbox by default.
- Sliders now use a compact style with improved user interaction.
- Vastly improved user experience for transform preview.
- Dockable areas are now highlighted when dragging a dockable dialog.
- New 3D transform tool to rotate and move elements.
- Much smoother brush outline preview motion on canvas.
- Symmetry paint enhancements.
- Faster loading of ABR brushes.
- PSD support improvements.
- Consolidated user interface for merging and anchoring layers.
- Check for updates to notify users of new releases available.
- 28 bug fixes, 15 translation updates.
As you can see by the list of news, explained more extensively in the official release note (in English), this is a version worth installing. To begin with, that tools are grouped by default it makes everything neater. To continue, the new 3D tool looks good, which together with the function of v2.10.14 that makes the effects are not limited by the size of the layer means that we can create much more striking texts. And finally, bugs have been corrected, among which is probably one of the previous version that was sometimes displayed after starting the software.
Now available on Flathub, soon in an unofficial repository
The little problem is that, if we use Linux, right now we can only install GIMP 2.10.18 in its version Flatpak. It is not a problem if we like these types of packages, but it is a problem if we prefer other options. The version of the official repositories of most Linux distributions is very old and the package Snap... better not say anything. On the other hand, we can also install GIMP from a unofficial repository, but right now it is still on v2.10.14 of the software. If you want to install this version, which will be updated in the next few hours, you just have to open a terminal and type these commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp sudo apt update sudo apt install gimp
GIMP 2.10.18 is also now available for Windows and macOS from the official website of the project, which you can access from this link. As a curiosity, comment that the interface with the toolbar as it appears on the official website does not appear like this after the update. The grouped tools do appear (now you have to click for a long time to choose some) and you can edit the order, but it doesn't come out the same. To do this, we have to manually remove the tools and, when there are no tabs left, resize the space by sliding to the left. Fear not: any tool will appear on the right if we double click on it.
What is easier to find is the new 3D effect. We will access it from the section Tools / Transformation Tools / 3D Transformation. At the moment we choose the option, we can begin to edit the inclination of the active layer, something that we can do by clicking and moving the pointer, like when we resize a layer, or by moving the sliders.
Have you already tried the new version? What do you think of the news that it brings under your arm?