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Photos and Graphics

Manage and edit your photos, create stunning 3D drawings and graphics, or convert between formats.

Accessing a digital camera from the Dolphin file manager

  • Plug in your digital camera to the USB port using the appropriate cord and make sure the camera is turned on.
  • Start the Dolphin file manager.
  • In the leftmost panel of the Dolphin file manager, mount the camera as a folder:
Dolphin -> <right-click> on the leftmost panel -> Add Entry... -> Label: Digital Camera
-> Location: camera:/
  • Now you should be able to access the contents of the digital camera as a folder.
  • It may be necessary to adjust the settings of the camera first (to be sure it is properly recognised):
K Menu -> Settings -> System Settings -> Digital Camera

GIMP (Image Manipulator)

Gimp is a powerful, full-featured, free open-source graphics and image editor, similar to Adobe Photoshop.

sudo apt-get install gimp
  • There is an extra set of brushes, palettes, and gradients for The GIMP.
sudo apt-get install gimp-data-extras
  • See these instructions to create an alpha transparency layer (transparent background) for any image using Gimp.

Gwenview (Image Manipulator)

Gwenview is the quick image manipulator installed by default in Kubuntu (K menu -> Graphics -> Gwenview Image Viewer). Simple cut-and-paste, resizing, and format conversion are some of the graphics files manipulations that can be accomplished. Install:

sudo apt-get install gwenview

Krita (Painting and Drawing)

Krita is a drawing and painting program that is part of the KOffice suite of applications. It has many of the functions of Gimp. Install:

sudo apt-get install krita

Adding Text to Images with Krita

Krita -> Add Shape: Text -> (Resize and position shape box) -> Double-click on the newly created shape box to bring up the Text Tool

Dia (Diagram editor)

Dia is a free open source GTK-based diagram creation program for Gnome (but can be used in KDE). It is similar to Visio.

sudo apt-get install dia

Kivio (Diagram editor)

Kivio is an open source flow-chart and diagram creation program that is part of the KOffice Suite for KDE. It supports Dia stencils.

sudo apt-get install kivio

Karbon (Vector Illustrator)

Karbon is a vector graphics illustration application that is part of the KDE-oriented Calligra suite of office applications. Install:

sudo apt-get install karbon

Inkscape (Vector Illustrator)

Inkscape Vector Illustrator is an open source drawing program similar to Illustrator and CorelDraw.

sudo apt-get install inkscape

Digikam (Photo Organiser)

Digikam is a comprehensive open source digital photo organiser and editor for KDE. It is installed by default in Kubuntu. If not, you can install it:

sudo apt-get install digikam kipi-plugins digikam-doc

Google Picasa (Photo Organiser)

Google Picasa is a photo editor and organiser similar to Digikam. It allows uploads to a Google web server for online exchange. For more info, see the Picasa for Linux FAQ. A self-installing .deb file is available at Picasa 2.7 downloads.

Tesseract (Optical Character Reader)

Tesseract is a command-line optical character reader. Install:

sudo apt-get install tesseract-ocr

Ocropus is a document-analysis engine that uses Tesseract. Install:

sudo apt-get install ocropus

Cuneiform (Optical Character Reader)

Cuneiform is an optical character reader. Install (multiverse repositories must be enabled):

sudo apt-get install cuneiform
  • Pdfocr is a tool to use Cuneiform for OCR and then to add the resulting text file layer back to the PDF file to make it searchable.

YAGF (Cuneiform/Tesseract GUI)

YAGF is a Qt-based GUI for Cuneiform, Tesseract, and/or XSane. Installation can be from a Debian (.deb) package from GetDeb (see these instructions as well) or by compiling from source downloaded from the original site. (Qt 4.7 or later, already part of Quantal, is required on your system).


Skanlite is a lightweight KDE4-based scanning utility. Install:

sudo apt-get install skanlite

Xsane (Scanning utility)

Xsane is a full-featured scanning utility. Install:

sudo apt-get install xsane


Some users report a "SANE: Error during device I/O" error with HP multifunction printers. See this bug report. If experiencing this problem, verify it in the logs:

sudo nano /var/log/User.log 
If the logs include a line that references the file "libhpmud.so", such as in this example:
scanimage: scan/sane/soapht.c 67: unable to load restricted library: libhpmud.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
then try creating the following symlink to fix the issue:
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/libhpmud.so.0 /usr/lib/libhpmud.so

Gnome-Scan (Scanning Utility)

Gnome-Scan is a simple utility for scanning (still in alpha stage). Install:

sudo apt-get install gnomescan

OpenClipart (ClipArt Library)

OpenClipart is a utility to provide access to a large library of free PNG, SVG, and OpenOffice clipart. It includes a utility for OpenOffice Gallery. Files are installed to /usr/share/clipart. Install:

sudo apt-get install openclipart

It is also possible to only install a single collection (openclipart-png, openclipart-svg, or openclipart-openoffice.org) in case you don't want the entire collection (or the utilities). For example:

sudo apt-get install openclipart-png
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