CinePaint is an open source, completely free, feature-rich, easy-to-use and cross-platform graphical application implemented in C and designed from the offset to be used for manipulating graphic and video files on GNU/Linux and UNIX-like operating systems.
A sophisticated digital painting app
CinePaint is a sophisticated digital painting application that supports 8-bit pictures and offers higher color fidelity than similar utilities. It can be used to retouch both image and video files.
Supports a wide range of image formats
The software is being known for supporting a wide range of image formats, among which we can mention DPX (Digital Picture Exchange), OpenEXR, 16-bit TIFF, as well as some of the most common formats, such as PNG and JPEG.
Has been used to edit Hollywood movies
CinePaint is not your average digital painting application, as it has been used to edit many movies produced at Hollywood, including The Last Samurai, where it was used to add flying arrows in some scenes.
Runs on Linux, BSD, Windows and Mac
As mentioned, CinePaint is a cross-platform application, which means that it can use it on any GNU/Linux distribution, as well as on the FreeBSD, Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X operating systems. Both 32 and 64-bit computer platforms are supported at this time.
Getting started with CinePaint
To install the CinePaint application on a GNU/Linux computer, you must first download the latest release of the software from either its website or Softpedia, save the archive on your Home directory, and use your favorite archive manager utility to unpack it.
Then, open a terminal emulator application and navigate to the location where you’ve extracted the archive file (e.g. cd /home/softpedia/cinepaint), where you must run the ‘./configure && make’ command to configure and compile the program, followed by the ‘sudo make install’ command to install it.
After installation, you can open CinePaint from the Graphics section of your desktop environment’s Start Menu.