GNOME features several powerful and easy-to-use graphic tools. Some are installed with Red Hat Fedora, whereas you can download others, such as GView and gtKam, from www .gnomefiles.org. Also, many of the KDE tools work just as effectively in GNOME and are accessible from the GNOME desktop.
The gThumb application is a thumbnail image viewer that lets you browse images using thumbnails, display them, and organize them into catalogs or easy reference. See sourceforge.net for more information.
GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program, a sophisticated image application much like Adobe Photoshop. You can use GIMP for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition, and image authoring. It supports features such as layers, channels, blends, and gradients. GIMP makes particular use of the GTK+ widget set. You can find out more about GIMP and download the newest versions from its Web site at www.gimp.org. GIMP is freely distributed under the GNU Public License.
Inkscape is a Gnome based vector graphics application for SVG (scalable vector graphics) images with features and capabilities similar to professional level vector graphics applications like Adobe Illustrator. The SVG format allows easy generation of images for Web use, as well as complex art. Though its native format is SVG, it can also export to PNG format. It features layers and easy object creation, including stars and spirals. A color bar lets you quickly change color fills.
The gPhoto project provides software for accessing digital cameras (www.gphoto.org). Several front-end interfaces are provided for a core library, called libgphoto2, consisting of drivers and tools that can access numerous digital cameras.
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