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Better Than Photoshop? Make GIMP Even More Powerful With These Plugins

By Danny Stieben2013-02-23

gimp pluginsWe all know that Photoshop is the premiere application for image and graphics manipulation. It simply does everything you could possibly want, which is the reason why most professionals choose it and why your wallet has a deep hole after you buy it. But Photoshop isn’t the only image manipulation tool on the block. The leading open source alternative to Photoshop, GIMP, has plenty of power under the hood as well.

It is, however, not quite as feature complete as Photoshop on its own, so people can add functionality to GIMP by adding plugins and scripts. The range of functionality which can be added by these is practically limitless, so you’ll find plenty of things that may interest you. The library of GIMP plugins and scripts is huge, but here are my top picks for some impressive extras.

Layer Effects

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Layer Effects is a script which replicates plenty of the same functionality found in Photoshop. You can recreate anything from borders to drop shadows, inner shadows, bevels, embossing, and glows. You can also use them similarly to how they’re used in Photoshop, except that you’ll find them in a different location and that each effect is applied by creating the effect on a new layer.

Therefore, you cannot go back into the settings and change the parameters – you’ll have to undo what you’ve already done or delete the layer which adds the specific effect, and then re-select the layer which you wanted to place an effect on. You should get the hang of it after a bit of messing around.


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