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Gimp 2.8 Photoshop Tweaks

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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 github.com/doctormo/GimpPs
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AlexCFriend's avatar

Thanks a lot for this! Its really made things a lot easier for me

Just wanted Gimp conversion, not the other bullshit.

doctormo's avatar

Sorry Nico, I don't understand.

any tips for GIMP 2.10.22?

audipirini's avatar

as it has been said in doctormo github page, you can install it on many Debian based Linux OS (Like Ubuntu, Kubuntu or whatever) with a single wget command for GIMP 2.10:

sh -c "$(wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/doctormo/GimpPs/master/tools/install.sh -O -)"

Fakes1236's avatar

Anything to make it look like Paint Tool Sai?

doctormo's avatar

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

Fakes1236's avatar

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!

doctormo's avatar

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

JaxBug's avatar
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?

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.

audipirini's avatar

as it has been said in doctormo github page, you can install it on many Debian based Linux OS (Like Ubuntu, Kubuntu or whatever) with a single wget command for GIMP 2.10:

sh -c "$(wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/doctormo/GimpPs/master/tools/install.sh -O -)"

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

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


/home/$USER/snap/gimp/current/.config/GIMP/2.10


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.

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).

SciFiArtMan's avatar
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.
doctormo's avatar
I think this is true. Although I knew from the Gimp developers that they were moving in this direction for a while.
CC-JAR's avatar
the only thing that changed for me was I got a gray background. no icons or toolbars were changed.
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

do you have any tips for 2.10.12?

audipirini's avatar

as it has been said in doctormo github page, you can install it on many Debian based Linux OS (Like Ubuntu, Kubuntu or whatever) with a single wget command for GIMP 2.10:

sh -c "$(wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/doctormo/GimpPs/master/tools/install.sh -O -)"

Phaze3's avatar
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. :)
@dectormo you are great ! :-)
Thank you very much for working on this project 
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