Photoshop Plugins in the GIMP
Introduction: Photoshop Plugins in the GIMP
Good day!Photoshop is often considered to be the best desktop raster graphics imaging editor software on the market, with zillions of features, not to mention a massive array of filters available online and from retail outlets. GIMP may not yet be able to replace Photoshop for everything Photoshop can still do. But we can take one thing off the list (well, sort of). Otherwise, the processes described herein are really much the same, no matter which OS you use. Most linux versions are available through your distribution’s package management. It will be required for any plugin that, under Windows, would need to be installed. It may also be required for any plugin that has a dialog window. This is many of them. It’s possibly even required even when the first two conditions aren’t met. Remember, these are plugins designed for a Windows application. I have tested a few, some of which work perfectly, and others which don’t work at all. So, the standard disclaimer applies: YMMV, TANSTAAFL, and all that jazz. And my standard disclaimer: if anything you do while following these instructions destroys, injures, or emotionally scars anything or anyone, that is not my fault. make backups, save frequently, and use plugins responsibly. Debian users like me are out of luck as far as installing from a repository, as the libraries used to build pspi are not free (and therefore violate the DFSG). You may have more luck. What did work from me was installing the Ubuntu binaries (you may or may not know, but Ubuntu is a Debian based linux distribution). Be sure GIMP knows about this folder in the Preferences Folders dialog. I did not have to do this, so I can’t help you here. and the Windows Extraction Wizard will open. It’s easier to keep them all in one place. Before you add a new path to this dialog, you must always click this icon. Otherwise you will simply change the path that is selected in the dialog. You can type in the path to your plugin folder, or click the ellipsis button to the right of it, and a standard file open dialog appears. If you need to add more paths,
remember: always click the blank paper icon before adding a new path. In my screenshots, I navigate to the directory containing the actual plugin files the .8bf files themselves and use that directory. This would mean for each plugin you install, you would have a directory in the PSPI configuration. There’s nothing wrong with this, and it may be necessary in some cases under Windows. However it’s not necessary, as I later realized. A dialog window will open telling you that “The new search path will be used next time GIMP is started.” So. Restart GIMP!Now that you’ve read this step, you don’t necessarily have to do this first. You COULD do the next step first, then come back to this step. Tor comments in the README file that you should install your plugins one at a time, to be sure they work. This is generally good advice. The two plugins I demonstrate later in this tutorial are the Flaming Pear filters, LunarCell and Anaglyph Flip. The one I demonstrate in this step is the Image Doctor from Alien Skin. (see links)The FlamingPear LunarCell filter, Alien Skin Image Doctor filter, and many other photoshop filters available on the internet are shareware. Other free filter packs are available all over the internet, some better than others. The installer actually says so, and does not recommend you try it. On my Windows computer, I saved the files to C:Program FilesGIMP 2.0libgimp2.0pspi pluginsOn my Linux box, I saved them to /bin/pspi/I kept each plugin’s files in its own directory within the pspi directory in both OSes, to make them easier to manage. However, pspi only needs to be configured with the directory that holds these plugin directories. They might cause pspi to error while loading the plugins, and some or all of your plugins will not be available. Move those files to another location in case you need them. I placed them in /bin/pspi instSome plugins need to be installed in order to work. In Windows, this is a trivial issue: run the installer, answer the questions, and you’re ready to go. when I am prompted to select an installation location, it does not matter what I choose as long as I can remember it later. I told the installer to install to C:Plugins and let it run, answering the rest of the questions as though I were a windows user. Shut down GIMP if it’s still running, and restart it. This will cause PSPI to register the new photoshop plugins. You can look for them by opening an image (or creating a new one) and checking the “Filters” menu. One of them launches a window wherein you select settings and options and can preview your changes before applying the filter. The other simply applies the filter directly to the image. All of the Photoshop plugins you have added to the plugin will appear at the bottom of the Filters menu. I once again open the “Filters” menu and expand FlamingPear, then select the Anaglyph Flip filter.