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Gimp 2.8 Photoshop Tweaks by doctormo Gimp 2.8 Photoshop Tweaks by doctormo
To help a fellow deviant, I've put together a download that anyone with Gimp 2.8 on Linux can use to make their copy of gimp look more like Adobe Photoshop and make people more comfortable.

I've taken various bits of guides online and various tweaks. All you have to do is download the file, unzip it. Then in the file manager go to your home folder, show hidden files, delete or move your old .gimp-2.8 configuration folder out of the way, and replace with the new one. Then load gimp. Then me know if it works for you or if it fails.

Update: Icon were blurry in the original icon theme. I've patched them all up to be much clearer.
Update2: The drop here text is now gone and the default background when loading is the same dark grey.
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:iconnizeguy:
NizeGuy Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Student General Artist
How do you get the dark theme?
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:icondoctormo:
doctormo Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Do you mean the dark toolbars etc? You'll have to download a dark theme from onewhere else and install it. This one only comes in one colours.
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a11ryanc Featured By Owner Edited Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Really well done. I've been using Fireworks 8 for the longest time, always found it the simplest to work with. Was curious to give GIMP another spin as it's more updated, but I really found the design scheme quite droggy. This does a great job of emulating an Adobe suite-like feel, just without all the DRM and bloat ;) GIMP upholds a lot of potential.
Looks good applied with a custom black theme on my Windows 2008 setup.
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doctormo Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
You should post a screenshot, I'd like to see it.
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:icona11ryanc:
a11ryanc Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Sure. Mentioned your mod here: fav.me/d8l4rnz
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:icondoctormo:
doctormo Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
You don't have the drag-here hiding fix. But that's because it's done via colour so you can fix that by changing that colour too.
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a11ryanc Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Yeah. I did notice that as well. Doesn't really matter. Only reason I applied a custom theme to start was, because I felt stock looked pretty poor on Windows. On Linux, it seems to blend in pretty well due to native GTK theming. Really love that.
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KupiecKorzenny Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Student General Artist
This is exactly what I needed, thank you very much!
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aygezgini Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015
Wow. Been looking for this for quite a while. Huge thanks are in order :)
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:iconpsymole-prime:
psymole-prime Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
Great changes man, icons might need a bit of extra work but other wise this makes gimp a lot better. Keep it up
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:iconproceduralism:
I literally couldn't use GIMP without these tweaks. Thank you for sharing it.
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:iconelectricprism:
electricprism Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
Thanks, so far so good on U 14.04

If I could remove that ugly dog logo on the tool box that'd be great. Someone elsewhere recommended installing G`MIC plugin for GIMP so I'm gonna give that a shot too.
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doctormo Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Aw, poor Wilber. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GIMP#Mas… I don't think he's that ugly (or a dog)
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septuplet Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014
Great configs. My toolbox have terribly small icons though. How did you manage to make'em bigger and add padding?
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doctormo Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You need to look into .gimp-2.8/themes/PsIcons/gtkrc file, it has the size of icons as well as their padding. the sizes aren't defined as pixels though, but as /type/ so menu vs button icon. Then the actual size is set by your Gnome Theme, where the icons sizes are adjustable for everything (all apps)
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septuplet Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014
Thanks!
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cheshirekster Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014
thank you!!! ^____^
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:icondoctormo:
doctormo Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You're very welcome. But also thanks to the gimp developers for making the software so flexible. :-)
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Roderyck Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
I love this but if I work with more than one picture, GIMP doesn't ask to save the changes before closing them, it just closes them.
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:icondoctormo:
doctormo Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ah that's one of my options. You can always set it back to the gimp way in the preferences menu.
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Roderyck Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
I'll check, thanks!
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:icontrinaldi:
trinaldi Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014
Perfect.

Thanks a lot!
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mainstreamgroup Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014
This mod is awesome! It even loads way faster
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vbrockinroll Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014
fabulous!
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circuitbomb Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014
Amazing work, thank you for this.  Backed up my .gimp folder and just dragged in the new and confirmed overwrite, works like a charm.  You've done a great deed.
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Khudher Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
Im currently use it thank you!
and for legal issues i think it is legal since icons was not designed by photoshop and photoshop isnt open source means you cant (copy-paste).
so it isn't photoshop..
it is lets say photoshop alternative because functions not 100% photoshop
nice work thank you.. :) :) 
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clouts Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
That's perfect, thank you! :D
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evilwonders Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very useful... And good looking too... It will help me use GIMP by making it look more like something known
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sparkythex Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
I am glad you did this.
I was able to make all sort of mods to my gimp on windows & mac when had that.
I couldn't figure out how to do this on ubuntu. (I swear 2.8 changed from what I remember, I don't remeber what my old version was.)
Saved me a lot of time having to try to figure it out.

THANK YOU!!!!
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:icondoctormo:
doctormo Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You're very welcome and the old version was probably 2.4 or 2.2 depending on how long ago it was. The new one (2.8 and up) has that single window mode that makes this kind of theme possible.
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ILoveWindows7 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks dude, you saved my life!
I change from 2 months ago and me to Linux I was going crazy with Gimp!
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doctormo Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
No problem ILoveWindows7, interesting nickname :-)
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BluPaper Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
You saved my life, thank you !
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:iconkhudher:
Khudher Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
Is that legal? It is very very very excellent ... But . Is it legal to use? Please reply very soon...
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:icondoctormo:
doctormo Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I see no reason why not, I pulled in icons which were created by other people licensed appropriately and copying ideas isn't a problem. But of course IANAL and can't be definitive.
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htomelody Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Student Artist
so great~ Hamtaro Mouse Emoji-02 (Kawaii) [V1] 
I very miss to photoshop for long time since I use linux as my main os. *Free Icon/Emote* Nutella Pusheen (OMG) 
Thanks~ Neko Emoji-37 (Yay) [V2] 
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doctormo Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You're very welcome. Do let me know if it's as useful as you think it will be. I like to know how users are doing with this modification and if it's serving them well.

It's all about comfort in freedom :-D
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Mihyaerusan Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
Works fine on windows too by the way
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muscarda Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
Hi doctormo,

I'm just trying to download your tweak, but i can't unzip it. Well, i can, but it seems to be empty...

Also, you say "anyone with Gimp 2.8 on Linux can use"... Can't i use it if i am on a Mac?

Thanks.
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doctormo Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, you can use it on your mac. Inside the zip file is a hidden directory called '.gimp2.8' one can see the directory normally but sometimes programs hide the directory because it starts with a dot. See if your zip program has a show hidden files option.

One day we will have an installer which can put all the right things in place.
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blazezone Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
Awesome. it was necessary to add a parameter (undo-preview-size small) in file ~/.gimp-2.8/gimprc for list in the history panel
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doctormo Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I've added the option to my local copy but I'm not sure what it does.
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:iconblazezone:
blazezone Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
Sets the size of the previews in the Undo History. Possible values are tiny, extra-small, small, medium, large, extra-large, huge, enormous and gigantic.
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blackmax Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Professional Photographer
#1 

Linux/Unix 
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:iconandroid272:
android272 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Our themes was just mentioned in the latest noobslab artificial
www.noobslab.com/2014/03/give-…
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doctormo Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for linking.
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krisu0100 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
How did you remove "you can drop dockable dialogs here" label from toolbox? Only really interested on that :)
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doctormo Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Gtk theme super powers :-D I changed the fore color to the same as the back color for that widget. It's still there, just not visible.
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krisu0100 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
Took some time to find exact code you refer to, I finally did it :)

i.imgur.com/r5hUyo0.png

Using compination of Flat GIMP Icon Theme fav.me/d679s6z and Prudence (from here: dl.dropbox.com/u/36057148/Bett… )
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:icondoctormo:
doctormo Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Well done! I'm going to save these links for posterity. You should post your results here on deviantArt and have a downloadable zip file (don't forget the license!)
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