How To Add Gimp Plugins

Gimp PluginsGIMP is one of the most sophisticated photo editors and graphics programs available for your use. GIMP is free to download and offers a vast array of complex features waiting for you to explore. Discover GIMP’s full potential by downloading powerful GIMP Scripts and Plugins. Also known as “add-in”, “plug-on”, “add-on”, “snap-on” or “snap-in”, a plug-in is an executable file that can be additionally integrated in the main program’s interface and may run from there. The program already comes “loaded” with plugins but much more are available on the Internet if you opt to download for later use. New features and functions that comes with every plug-in are innovations to support the thrust to constantly improve the application.

Plugins are transcribed for particular versions in the application and may require a few changes in the code before they can be applied in a later version. Most plug-ins has been transcribed for GIMP 2.4 and 2.2, and some of which have been configured for GIMP 2.6.

Some plugins come with readme files for user instructions on how to find the programs within the main application’s interface. In order to find the right location in the menu, open the script file using a word editor like WordPad, Notepad or with a web browser and look for the expression “menu-register” or “register”.

There is no easy method in downloading a plugin. The idea is that you need to save the file into a specific folder manually, normally the one that consists of all the other file scripts. If you have used the default configurations when GIMP was downloaded, you’ll find the Scripts folder using the following path: Program Files\Gimp-2.0\share\gimp\2.0\scripts

Script-Fu Plug-In. To display a new Script-Fu plug-in within the menu, you will need to refresh the scripts. Visit Filters < Script-Fu < Refresh Scripts. The changes will be displayed quickly. One of the ingenious ways to make GIMP more useful and powerful is by installing GIMP plugins, scripts, gradients and brushes. Plug-ins are codes that collaborate with GIMP to enhance its functionality. They are extendable helpers that offer varied interesting ways to maximize the use of program. However, this can be difficult to do for a beginner. This article shows you how to install the necessary plug-ins for Windows in a precise and concise step by step tutorial.  Please note that instructions for Mac are different from Windows.

Gimp Plug-ins Installation FOR WINDOWS XP.Save plug-ins by unzipping the folder that has been downloaded in a .zip format and place them in C:\Document and Settings\<username>\.gimp-<version>\plug-ins\. To activate the plug-in, restart GIMP and start your work.

GIMP Gradients and Brushes Installation FOR WINDOWS XP. GIMP gradients and brushes are installed in the same way – generate and drop the gradients into C:\Document and Settings\<username>\.gimp-<version>\gradients\ and the brushes into C:\Document and Settings\<username>\.gimp-<version>\brushes\

GIMP Scripts Installation FOR WINDOWS XP. Scripts are actually some of the plugins ending with a .scm extension. You can these files by dropping them at  C:\Document and Settings\<username>\.gimp-<version>\scripts\.

GIMP Scripts Installation FOR WINDOWS VISTA. If you are using Windows Vista, go to your profile folder to which your pictures, documents, and some other files are stored; find your scripts brushes and other files there.

GIMP Gradients and Brushes Installation FOR Mac OS X. Brushes under ‘.gbr files’ can be installed by saving them  in the brush search path that is incorporated  in GIMP’s preferences, which is usually displayed as /Users/username/.gimp-2.x/brushes/ where 2.x shows the version number code of GIMP that you are using. This version number is displayed in the startup splash page of GIMP. Take note to replace ‘username’ with your own short username and not the full name.

GIMP brushes Installation FOR LINUX. Go to Home folder. Press Ctrl+H to make hidden folders and files visible. Next, go to the directory named .gimp-2.x where 2.x is version number of GIMP you are using. Here you will see subfolders and one folder is the brushes. Drop your brushes to that folder.

Running Photoshop Filters

GIMP is open source, and is hence flexible in application. Many of the Photoshop plugins and brushes work with GIMP, and it is a matter of trial-and-error. Note that using Photoshop brushes in GIMP requires GIMP 2.4 or above.

When you install GIMP, it automatically places a folder in your User Folder. GIMP 2.6 or GIMP 2.0 will be the folder name. Inside that folder are your plug-in and scripts folders. After downloading your new scripts, put them in that scripts folder. After downloading python scripts or plug-ins put them in that plug-ins folder. You need to install python for python scripts to work. Restart GIMP after you place any new exe or python script in your plug-in folder.

If you need to run Photoshop filters thru Gimp, download the PSPI exe plug-in and put it in your plugins folder. Restart Gimp, go to Filters/Photoshop plugins path; set the path to your plug-ins for Photoshop when the dialog box pops up; select OK and restart GIMP. Your adobe 8bf filters should be in the filters list. For more information, click help and see the Photoshop plug-in information.

For Python Installation.

Search for the file locations you will need and follow the installation procedure

  • at http://registry.gimp.org/node/24503 (scroll down to installation notes, below the examples)
  • or at http://registry.gimp.org/node/24681 (scroll down to “SOLVED: indexprint and binding to pygtk+glade”)

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