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Gimp 2.8 Photoshop Tweaks

By doctormo
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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
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Fakes1236's avatar
Fakes1236Professional Digital Artist

Anything to make it look like Paint Tool Sai?

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doctormoProfessional Digital Artist

Not that I've heard. But isn't Krita that already?

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Fakes1236Professional Digital Artist

Mmm, I didn't knew it was for Linux too, I still have it for Windows (But I prefer Sai), but I suppose I prefer Krita over Gimp, thanks!

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doctormoProfessional Digital Artist

Sure is. Krita, Gimp, Inkscape, all part of the LibreGraphics universe. They are Linux programs first and windows/mac ports second.

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JaxBugStudent Digital Artist
On my Windows computer I can't get the icon theme to work. Don't even see it as an option in Preferences. Any suggestions?
LogProd's avatar

Placed files in appdata\roaming\gimp. .it changes the layout but does not look like the example Using 2.10.14 Any ideas? Update? Help would be greatly appreciated.

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vanalbertProfessional General Artist

BTW forgot to mention... THANK YOU for this. Totally awesome, saved me mucho frustration and teeth-gnashing.

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vanalbertProfessional General Artist

If you installed Gimp as a snap in Ubuntu, the install folder is here:


If you didn't find it at ~/.config/GIMP/2.10, then it's probably in the snap folder. If you can't remember how you installed it, entering 'which gimp' in the Terminal will tell you where it is.

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Works fine for me :

Ubuntu 19.10, Gimp 2.10.

extract the folder .gimp-2.8 into : ~/.config/GIMP

Just remove the folder ~/.config/GIMP/2.10 OR just type "rm -R ~/.config/GIMP/2.10"

OR just type "mv ~/.config/GIMP/.gimp-2.8 ~/.config/GIMP/2.10"

Thank you a lot, I was lost between photoshop and gimp, and I couldn't understant how the gimp interface is organized (I was a photoshop user once).

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SciFiArtManProfessional Digital Artist
I don't know anything about GIMP and its former look, but doesn't the 2.10.12 version have the PS look as a default now (under Win 8.1)?  I mean, once you resize the tools and add layers and adjust a few things its fairly close, IMO.  But for me the operation is so different, even cutting and pasting is a whole new experience for me, but I just started with GIMP, so much to learn.
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doctormoProfessional Digital Artist
I think this is true. Although I knew from the Gimp developers that they were moving in this direction for a while.
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CC-JARStudent Digital Artist
the only thing that changed for me was I got a gray background. no icons or toolbars were changed.
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I've got this working with GIMP 2.10.10 by copying the contents of the .gimp-2.8 from the zip download into location C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\GIMP\2.10.
opened gimp and it works. 

hope this helps people on GIMP 2.10.10 

thanks doctormo great job
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do you have any tips for 2.10.12?

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This seems to have worked for me on 2.10.12.
Granted, I'm on Linux, so my path was: ~/.config/GIMP/2.10/

I did have to resize a few things too, but other than that it looks really good. :)
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@dectormo you are great ! :-)
Thank you very much for working on this project 
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I cannot wait to try this thank you
AttiMM's avatar
Hi doctormo, thanks for your great job! Unfortunately I couldn't install this tweaks for Gimp 2.10 under Linux.
This is the way how I tried to do it:
- I could find gimp 2.10 configuration folder here: home/<username>/.config/GIMP/2.10 --> renamed to 2.10.old
- download the zip file from here and unzip it 
- copy .gimp-2.8 folder from your zip archive into home/<username>/.config/GIMP/
- rename the folder from .gimp-2.8 to 2.10
Then I started GIMP but no any changes. :-(
The strange for me: I've tried it again and even if I deleted 2.10 folders completely so this folder: home/<username>/.config/GIMP/ remained empty, GIMP could start normally (of course without your tweaks). Is it OK?
Could you advise what did I do wrong? 
Thanks a lot!

UPDATE: I found another place: if I use this another configuration folder: /home/<username>/snap/gimp/current/.config/GIMP/ and do every steps I describes above I can see some changes (for example: Preferences-->Interface-->Themes is using PsIcons) but the icons remain the original GIMP icons and I cannot see any changes in menu structure. (how can I attach screenshots into my comment?)
Could you give advice about the full solution for 2.10?
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doctormoProfessional Digital Artist
Hi AttiMM, I've not gotten this to work with Gimp 2.10 yet, I'm not sure about how it'll work. Does 2.10 have the revised interface yet?
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cgaddictsHobbyist General Artist
Will you be making this available for Gimp 2.10? seeing it just came out.
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OthienkaHobbyist General Artist
Honestly, I'd be happy just to be able to remove the "You can drop dockable toolboxes here" text and the Wilber logo from empty boards.
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doctormoProfessional Digital Artist
I will have to do some testing, does it work at all in 2.10? I suspect not.
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cgaddictsHobbyist General Artist
I have not tried but doing a quick check in windows under user profile. I do not see .gimp folder. Also it does not all scales correctly for 4k display anyways.

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