GIMP 2.10.18 Released with Major Improvements and New Tools

Before the release of the 3.0 series, GIMP has come up with major bug fixes and new tool enhancements within the latest point update GIMP 2.10.18.

GIMP 2.10.18 Released with Major Improvements and New Tools

Skipping the v2.10.16, GIMP 2.10.18 includes major refinements and new tools like faster loading of ABR brushes, highlighting of dock able areas and new 3D transformation tools.

What’s New in GIMP 2.10.18?

GIMP 2.10.18 now enables the toolbox by default. You can organize all of your most used or favourite tools during a toolbox group. However, you can also disable the grouping configuration.

As we reported weeks ago about the removal of "You can drop dock able dialogs here" message, GIMP 2.10.18 replaces the hint message by highlighting dock able areas while dragging a dialog.

After the release of the 2.10 version, some users complained about the low contrast symbolic icon theme. Hence, rather than updating the previous theme, the GIMP team adds a replacement icon theme for symbolic high contrast.

GIMP 2.10.18 Released with Major Improvements and New Tools

Among the tool’s major enhancements, GIMP 2.10.18 includes the new 3D transform tool which will allow you to control the layer in three axes.

Additionally, GIMP improves the image processing library GEGL and pixel encoder babl. Hence, you can now exerting with imported Photoshop files in GIMP with faster loading of CMYK(A) PSD files.

If we mention the layer dock improvements, you can now combine the merging layers and floating selection layer using the anchoring button.

List of other changes added to GIMP 2.10.18 :-

  • Auto-update alert for brand new version release.
  • Improved UX for the transformation preview.
  • Slider with compact style by default.
  • Smoothing the comb outline motion and airbrush tool.
  • Kaleidoscope option in mandala symmetry painting mode.
  • Improved host CPU detection.

For more detailed features, you can read the official release notes from here.

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