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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.
Update3: Now on github github.com/doctormo/GimpPs
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movinrag3 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks a lot buddy :D
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Ryanlorda Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2017
Thank you
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coollittlealien Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome. I would love to see a dark theme version.
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doctormo Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Have a look at the gtkrc files, there's just a bunch of css and if you can work out which hex colours to change, you could make a dark theme. I'd be interested in the patch here for others. Although I think the icons might have to be reversed too.
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LovinglyGaslight Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Wow! Works and looks like a charm! Much obliged, I'm more used to using Photoshop at my college, so this will make doing work at home a bit easier ^_^
One question though (Though probably a dumb one), Is there any way to change the colour of the borders and such to grey, as to make it look more like Photoshop?
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doctormo Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Which borders are not grey? If it's the window borders, then I think that's an operating system thing, like on my Linux machine, windows all have thing grey borders. If it's some other borders, can you take a screenshot and mark on it where the issue is?
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ondinen Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2017
hi there- I love this, I love the icons, the docks on the side, pretty much everything!  I followed a tutorial that said to make the 2.8 folder a backup, and make a new one to add all your files into- but that means things like the brushes folder and the plugins folder are gone now. is that right?
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doctormo Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
That is right, you would need to copy/install those things back in. It's not a perfect solution in that regard.
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ondinen Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2017
ah, so what I SHOULD have done maybe, is COPY the folder, and pasted your files in, letting them rewrite the ones you were replacing?
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doctormo Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Yes. Did you delete what you had originally?
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movinrag3 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thnx buddy :D
it helped me a lot :D
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squadDomain Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2017
Hey, I really love how it all comes around, but how can I change back the empty window/void color? (what you list as dark grey on the screenshot)
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doctormo Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
It's in the css, I take it you want to modify just that part?

github.com/doctormo/GimpPs/blo…

gtkrc:131
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13yearstheInquisitor Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2017   Digital Artist
thanks
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savnik Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017
good
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WayTooCatz Featured By Owner May 24, 2017
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doctormo Featured By Owner May 25, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
There's a 'Download' button on many deviantArt pages. It's a sort of green arrow pointing downwards.
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WayTooCatz Featured By Owner May 26, 2017
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i have no current thing to do
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Pensive666 Featured By Owner Edited May 18, 2017
Would be really cool if you were to add the layerfx.py plugin. I use layer effects in almost everything i do in photoshop, can't understand why a 9 year old plugin hasn't been properly absorbed into the main product yet......very linux!

Working on 2.8.22 in windows 10 btw, thank you!!! I added the plugin myself of course so no biggy ;)

EDIT: It all becomes clear...I just tried to actually use the layer effects plugin properly ....   it needs a little TLC before it gets any airtime in the main build :)
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doctormo Featured By Owner May 18, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Usually it's either a) because the developers don't know about it or b) the plugin doesn't have the backing to really make it work.

It's work to do these things, sometimes I think we need a patereon just for gimp support projects.
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KenazFire Featured By Owner May 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
You are damn legend. Thankyou
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akaMODARTIST Featured By Owner May 6, 2017  Professional Photographer
I reveled in PS for years w/ the eMac. Couldn't transfer it to the "new" 2011 iMac (still using the iMac, w/Sierra). So, before I paid a decent price for PS Elements 11, which is basically PS, but with several cool features missing, I found a free GIMP download. Remarkable an app like that was/is free. The thing is a monster for creativity, but has a pretty steep learning curve. I'm no techie, but I'm not entirely ignorant either, and I found that trying to initially figure out how to navigate the Gimp tools and effects was mind-bending. Even after getting going pretty good, I still had to re-learn certain techniques, over and over again. Now today, on Softonic, I find a FREE Gimp download, but one that is set-up to look like Photoshop!!!. That sounded real good to me!!! The catch though, at least according to Softonic, is that it won't work unless I download and install Apple X11: "...The X Window System (more commonly known as X or X11) is a computer software system and network protocol that provides a graphical user interface (GUI) for networked computers. In a nutshell, it enables you to build GUI environments...." The article also states: "...You'll need to be well versed in network computing and programming to work out how to use Apple X11, but you can be at least assured that this is the most important implementation of The X Windows System on the Mac." Let me assure you, I am not well-versed in programming, etc. In fact, it scares the shit out of me, as I don't want to mess around with Terminal and coding and such, and permanently compromise my computer! As is obvious based on youtube tutorials, this PS designed Gimp is all the rage. Has anyone had to deal with this X11 Window system (nothing to do w/Microsoft "Windows")? Has anyone been able to get the new-look Gimp withOUT dealing with X11? I'm really excited to try using the awesome power of Gimp, but am very tentative about programming. Any feedback would be very appreciated!!!~E
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doctormo Featured By Owner May 6, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
>> Since the 2.8.2 version, GIMP runs on OSX natively. No X11 environment is required.

You don't need Xwindows any more (xwindows is the old unix windowing system, nothing to do with Microsoft).

If you want this theme, you should install it into the right place in your home directory. I'm not entirely sure what it is for Mac.

I wouldn't trust anything from Softonic though, you should get your gimp from Gimp.org and then add the theme in, it's more trustworthy.
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marcos22579 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2017
The icons are too small. Is this a monitor resolution issue or can I can resize the tool Icons?
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doctormo Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Sounds like you have HiDpi
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paranormallily32 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm having issues, how to installed is the question of the day....if u can give me step by step would be awesome....
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doctormo Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I'm not entirely sure about windows 7, I know people have gotten it to work on windows though.

The trick is to find the existing Gimp2.8 configuration directory which is somewhere in your user folder, and once you have found it, you need to replace it with the one in the zip file. You probably need to use the search feature in the file app you have.

Sorry I can't be more specific on the solution. good luck!
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paranormallily32 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
do you have on for windows 7....cause i would l like to have it 
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Neobgzer Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you so much! Works like a charm!
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doctormo Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
You're very welcome!
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Akio123 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017  Professional Interface Designer
How you made it, that the elements are totaly inline? i mean the "tool icons" and the options and all the stuff. i mean t hat its only 1 window not splittet in alot other windows...
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doctormo Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
It's a collection of Gtk/Gimp themes. The construction and settings have been known for a long time.

If you'd like the technical details, there's a github page where you can ask those questions. But reading the gtk files is a first go. It's very much like css.
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teddiess Featured By Owner Edited Jan 16, 2017
I'm having an issue where the window will not fit my monitor, I cant resize it. Would you happen to know a fix.
Display:
16:10 1440*900


OS:
4.8.13-1-ARCH #1 SMP PREEMPT Fri Dec 9 07:24:34 CET 2016 x86_64 GNU/Linux
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:icondoctormo:
doctormo Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
This might be because my resolution is different. Can you check the gimp settings you've downloaded for a window size?
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teddiess Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017
Where can I check this?
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doctormo Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Did you ever get this fixed?
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Steewee Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Works like charm!

Good job!
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Osama600 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016
I can't believe it!! my GIMP look awesome now!
I will never ever buy photoshop again
thanks
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doctormo Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
You're very welcome.
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sangjelata Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you...
but the pen pressure didn't work, i'm using win 10 and wacom intuos 3, so i dont paste the devicerc to my .gimp-2.8 configuration folder and the pen pressure work again.
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d3rt13n Featured By Owner Edited Dec 16, 2016
Works nicely on Linux Mint 17.3 (ROSA) under VM Virtualbox with windows 10 as a host. However, starting Gimp as a regular user gives you some access permission denied nags , so use GIMP as superuser and it works very nicely out of the box.

This is done by opening a terminal
then type: su [ENTER]
password[ENTER]
gimp[ENTER]


For those who wish to install this on LINUX MINT, to see the .gimp folder in NEMO (file explorer) you can click VIEW->show hidden files. Home/Username/.gimp-2.8

I found this file through the following tutorial:

www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2016/08/ma…

Thank you for this doctor MO.

On a last note:

- The folders are all empty in this zip file, it's supposed to be that way and does not mean it is corrupt.
- do NOT delete any folders from the original .gimp-2.8 folder, just merge the one from this download and overwrite where needed.
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doctormo Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Don't run Gimp as a super user. Change the permissions of the files if needed:

sudo chown -R $USER:$USER ~/.gimp-2.8
sudo chmod -R ug+rw ~/.gimp-2.8

Running things as root to get around permission problems, creates more permission problems, since root will start saving files under his own username, but in your home directory. Bad things happen.
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DJMajickman Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016
Thanks!!! Worked great in Windows 10 too. Just backed up the Themes and base files before moving everything from the zip to the .gimp-2.8 folder and it loaded up perfectly.
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doctormo Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Glad it works on windows 10!
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Xavier2794 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2016  Hobbyist
awsome dude thanks
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h72david Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2016
Omg thanks so much i was so pissed about Gimp's docks getting in front of the image i am editing
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doctormo Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
It's a very old design and I think they're changing it by default for the next version.
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gadem1 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2016
Thanks!
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JohSur Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much...
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tabakisp Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2016
Thank you very much for your effort. Tried it in Linux Mint 18 i686 Xfce and it works like a charm.
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