I need to add bookmarks as text to my images (if possible with certain levels of opacity), currently I have GIMP, Xpaint and Gnome paint drawing editor. But all these are not good to simply adding a text and decide their colour, bold / italic, font and location with ease.

GIMP does somewhat, but I felt it quite pro for such a basic function. I would like a simple too which can add text on a image. I used Photoscape in Windows but I am avoiding WINE at the moment. Please help.


Try pinta. It is in the repository.

  • Thanks, any tools which supports opacity ? – Dilip Jan 8 '12 at 12:40
  • Sorry, I don't use it daily – gajdipajti Jan 8 '12 at 12:57

According to me, the best tool when you speak about images, is Digikam. It's a great tool that allow you to do everything with you pictures. To install this software, install the following package: digikam.

  • It seems photo management tool than editor. :( – Dilip Jan 8 '12 at 12:41

This can be done easily using terminal commands and imagemagick.

About halfway down the page is the watermarking tutorial.


Pinta, mtpaint and gnome-paint should all meet your definition and needs.

sudo apt-get install gnome-paint pinta mtpaint

I would recommend starting with gnome paint, if you want something like ms paint. Mtpaint goes just a bit beyond that. Pinta is much more like paint.net


I guess Shutter is what you need. You can take a screenshot or open an already existing image, go to internal editor and add your text with color, opacity font and font size that you want.

Other than that, on Linux you are basically down to just three other apps: GIMP, Krita and Inkscape.


use gimp image editor

install it from terminal


sudo apt-get install gimp


find it from software center and install it.

best of luck :-)

  • The OP already seems to used GIMP for the purpose , please include new relevant info by editing your answer. – atenz Aug 23 '12 at 15:17

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