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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
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Vampyricartist888 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I cannot wait to try this thank you
AttiMM Featured By Owner Edited Nov 22, 2018
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?
doctormo Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2018  Professional 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?
cgaddicts Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Will you be making this available for Gimp 2.10? seeing it just came out.
Othienka Featured By Owner May 9, 2018  Hobbyist 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.
doctormo Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I will have to do some testing, does it work at all in 2.10? I suspect not.
cgaddicts Featured By Owner May 3, 2018  Hobbyist 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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Othienka Featured By Owner Edited May 9, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
The place to put the theme now should be C:\Users\<Your username>\AppData\Roaming\GIMP\2.10
doctormo Featured By Owner May 4, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
It certainly has scaling issues for 4k (and other hi-res)
HeroRareheart Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2018
I navigated to the location Othienka said to go to and deleted the 2.10 folder then put the folder for your skin in but renamed it from "gimp-2.8" to "2.10". SO FAR it works fine, it just looks like the skin you made but appears to have to features of GIMP 2.10. Again I haven't used it for long so I'm not 100% sure if theirs any issues or not.
karacandraw Featured By Owner Edited Jul 10, 2018
I did the same to install the theme on 2.10 and it seems to be working, however I can't seem to get the icons to load.

Thanks for the theme.
zerocoolroot Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2018
Works fine for me in Linux Mint Cinnamon 18.3..!!

Thank you so much..!!
Viktorsaurus Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey! This might sound counter-productive to a lot of you guys but how do I revert it back to the normal, vanilla version?
I'm gonna be teaching a class on gimp and want to students to see the same screen they will see on their pc's.
I've tried uninstalling and re-downloading gimp but that didn't remedy it.
doctormo Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
You need to remove your .gimp2.8 folder from your home directory (assuming you're using Linux)
Viktorsaurus Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm using windows 10. Very sorry, I should have been more specific.
I've gone as far as deleting everything with "gimp" in the name but when I re-download and re-install it still opens up with the PS aesthetic
doctormo Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Ah then I'm not entirely sure where the settings file is, maybe in some sort of hidden folder in a shared configuration or caches directory? Can you remember where you installed the files in the zip? That's where you have to delete them from.
4-dimensional Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018  Student Digital Artist
oh hell yeah
you are a god
michaelsboost Featured By Owner Edited Jan 7, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I like it all but I don't want to change the hotkeys. Which file controls the shortcut keys?

Edit nvm figured it out, it's the "menurc" file
rapa123 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2017
Great work mate!

For Gimp 2.8 on Linux

mv ~/.gimp-2.8 ~/.gimp-2.8.old then extract the downloaded zip archive to your home folder
ArcticSnowy21 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2017
Thank you :D   
It's also work in my Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
KxKx025 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2017
thank you~
LosEagle Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2017
Thank you. Is there any way to just use icons from these tweaks? I like Gimp as it is but can't get used to its icons :)
doctormo Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I believe there are icon themes available on the internet. But if not pre-packaged, I believe you can pick out the icons from the zp file.
movinrag3 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks a lot buddy :D
Ryanlorda Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2017
Thank you
coollittlealien Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome. I would love to see a dark theme version.
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.
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?
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?
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?
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.
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?
doctormo Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Yes. Did you delete what you had originally?
movinrag3 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thnx buddy :D
it helped me a lot :D
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)
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?…

13yearstheInquisitor Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2017  Student General Artist
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WayTooCatz Featured By Owner May 24, 2017
where the download

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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.
WayTooCatz Featured By Owner May 26, 2017

i have no current thing to do
Pensive666 Featured By Owner Edited May 18, 2017
Would be really cool if you were to add the 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 :)
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.
KenazFire Featured By Owner May 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
You are damn legend. Thankyou
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
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 and then add the theme in, it's more trustworthy.
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?
doctormo Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Sounds like you have HiDpi
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....
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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