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GIMP 2.9.8 comes with great improvements!

By at 2017-12-13 17:29:12 UTC, last updated 12 months ago. CC BY-NC License

The new gradient tool in action The new gradient tool in action

GIMP 2.9.8 offers canvas editing for gradients. This is a pretty cool new feature and some might find it a bit similar to the gradient tool of Inkscape – which is great. You can edit a gradient line on the canvas and also set additional points to add more colors to the gradient.

Other cool new stuff:

  • A new display filter that warns you of over and under-exposed areas (if a color adjustment would make bright or dark parts drifting into pure white or black)
  • You can now paste to the exact same place where you copied a part of the image before.
  • Better color management, better Wayland support (Wayland is a new display server of Linux competing to Xorg), GUI and usability has been improved, Wavelet decompose got new options and a lot of other things!

As announced 2.9.8 should be the last release before a series of release candidates for GIMP 2.10!

Read more details in the official news announcment


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Dutchbert member for almost 4 years Dutchbert 1 comment
12 months ago

I am getting a bit confused here. It says here that 2.9.8 is an upcoming version, which I take to mean that it is not yet ready for distribution. So how come you already got a copy?

nateart member for over 1 year nateart 2 comments
12 months ago

Downloaded 2.9.8
Windows 10
Warning three times not to install it ????

Tempus123 member for about 9 years Tempus123 1 comment rated this topic with 5/5
12 months ago

Great job

12 months ago


Robin Strachan
12 months ago

Good info for established users. Not so good for relative newbies. The help section assumes you are a genius