Friday, February 12, 2016

How to install XPaint on Lubuntu

If you come from windows world, you probably know about paint or ms-paint program, a very basic and very simple program for editing images, specially for painting. 

If windows have paint/ms-paint, on lubuntu we have xpaint, so in this article i will show you how to install xpaint on lubuntu.

You might asked, why using a basic image editor to paint, why not use something like GIMP which works like photoshop on windows.

Because sometimes you just need basic stuff like for example creating a circle, arrow or other shapes to highlight certain area of the image.

For basic image editing specially painting function, you wanna use basic tool, that's why xpaint comes in handy, this program works almost like paint on windows.

Alright, to install xpaint on lubuntu, you need to open up your terminal/console/command line (press CTRL + ALT + T) and then run this command:

sudo apt-get install xpaint

kernelpanic@kernelpanic:~$ sudo apt-get install xpaint
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following extra packages will be installed:
Suggested packages:
  gv netpbm lpr imagemagick ocrad
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  libxaw3dxft6 xpaint
0 upgraded, 2 newly installed, 0 to remove and 1 not upgraded.
Need to get 565 kB of archives.
After this operation, 2.034 kB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y
Get:1 wily/universe libxaw3dxft6 amd64 [124 kB]
Get:2 wily/universe xpaint amd64 [441 kB]
Fetched 565 kB in 10s (53,1 kB/s)                                              
Selecting previously unselected package libxaw3dxft6.
(Reading database ... 158057 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack .../libxaw3dxft6_2.9.1.4-3.1_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking libxaw3dxft6 ( ...
Selecting previously unselected package xpaint.
Preparing to unpack .../xpaint_2.9.1.4-3.1_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking xpaint ( ...
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.22-1ubuntu3) ...
Processing triggers for mime-support (3.58ubuntu1) ...
Processing triggers for man-db (2.7.4-1) ...
Setting up libxaw3dxft6 ( ...
Setting up xpaint ( ...
Processing triggers for libc-bin (2.21-0ubuntu4) ...

Once installed, you can find xpaint from lubuntu start menu > Graphics > XPaint. Go ahead open that up, you will see something like this:

In terms of user interface, xpaint looks different from microsoft paint, but in terms of functions it's definitely the same, you just need to find out how to work with it.

Once you know how to use it, xpaint is turn out to be a very good program for painting images, you can paint on almost all kind of image format such as JPEG, PNG, TIFF, GIF, etc.

~ happy painting ~

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