I've started using scrot for screenshots; this works beautifully, but occasionally I need to edit screenshots to

  • blur personal information
  • add text
  • add arrows
  • add a box around something

I'm looking for a lightweight bitmap editor that will launch quickly from the command line (so that I can use it with scrot --exec), and will allow me to add blurring, text, arrows and boxes with a minimal number of keystrokes, mousing. Ideally, I'd like a keyboard shortcut, then select area for any given action.

Does anyone know of such a beast?

Edit: I don't consider Gimp to be lightweight: it launches slowly, drawing shapes involves a two step process -- select area / stroke selection -- the second of which doesn't seem to have a shortcut key... I'm looking for a tool that I can use to make edits in a couple of seconds, and save.

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    I use Pinta for that. – heynnema May 22 '17 at 14:30
  • Technically you can launch any application from the terminal but I don't know what you would think of as "lightweight". – Max May 22 '17 at 14:47
  • Which tools have you already tried? How about shutter-project.org , it's in Ubuntu repository. – user.dz May 26 '17 at 23:58

I use gimp, but Lubuntu comes with mtpaint, which is much lighter than gimp. You find it in the repository 'universe'. Try it and check if it will work for you.

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GIMP is a very powerful image editor that can do just about anything if you have the know-how and skill. You can download it here: www.gimp.org/downloads/ And if you go here: http://www.techradar.com/news/the-best-free-photo-editor you can view a much longer list of opensource editors.

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