» Gimp 2.7.3 + Themes + GPS + GMiC (Partha)
Updated 01:50 June 20th, 2011
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This is a build built by Partha from http://www.partha.com/ and heavily edited by me to add a bit of polish to the Gimp experience.  At Partha's site you can find default builds in both 32 and 64 bit varietys. He has requested that Questions/Problems with the software should be directed at him.

This Build is starting to feel a lot better as it's actually been months since I have seen actual recent builds - Single Window Mode is behaving much better and there is a cool new slider functionality.  (If you mouse over the top of the slider the slider will move on a Macro scale, and if you mouse over the bottom of the slider it will move on a Micro Scale)




Ok, I've been hard at work learning the structure of Gimp and how to customize it so I can bare it on windows.   After playing with it I'm quite impressed.  In the following paragraphs I'll explain how to customize to your hearts content.




Gimp supports any gtk2.0 themes.  I have not found a way to make it support any images in these themes.  If you know how - say it in the comments.   You can download new themes from: http://art.gnome.org/themes/gtk2 or just by googling "gtk2 themes".  I have included a number of themes in this install already.


To install a theme:

  1. Go to the folder "\Gimp-Portable-2.73 GPS\.gimp-2.7\themes
  2. Create a new folder named with the name of your theme
  3. Place the "gtkrc" file from the theme into the folder
  4. The theme should now be selectable from the Themes section of the User Preferences




Gimp Paint Studio is basically a set of Brushes/Gradiants/Tool Presets/Palletts/Paterns that is intended to make life easier on the digital painter.

You can learn a lot more by visiting the GPS Website Here: http://code.google.com/p/gps-gimp-paint-studio/


or just browse cool GPS Artwork here: http://code.google.com/p/gps-gimp-paint-studio/wiki/Gallery 


GPS is not supported in the 2.7 Gimp Builds yet, and it took me 2 days of hacking to get it to register - so be warned!  There might be a lot of stuff in GPS not working.  I would love feedback from regular GPS users, as many of the brushes might appear to work to me, but may not be working to somebody who is familiar with how they are supposed to behave. 

One of the things in GPS that I thought was rather hidden is the Tool Presets:  These are where the real magic of GPS is and it is almost the most hidden!  Find them here:

Right at the bottom of the Toolbox - The 2nd Button in.

Customizing GPS

Currently I did not do a 'full install of GPS' because I personally prefere the default Gimp Single Windows Mode.  In the file 'Gimp-Portable-2.73 GPS\.gimp-2.7' there are a number of files with CAPS letters following them.  These are either the DEFAULT gimp files or the modified GPS files.   If you want to play with the full gps build then make sure all the GPS files are renamed to the base name without the caps.  (So sessionrcGPS->sessionrc)  If you don't want any GPS stuff just make all the DEFAULT files are set(So menurcDEFAULT->menurc)

There are only a few of these files:

  • menurc - deals with keybindings
  • toolrc - deals with what tools are shown in sidebar
  • sessionrc - deals with layout

The files in GPS that I had to hack on were the preset files found here: "\Gimp-Portable-2.73 GPS\.gimp-2.7\tool-presets  "  I basically had to rewrite all the files into a new format that would be recognized by the new GIMP, so if there are issues with GPS they can probably be found in these files if you want to hack around.


GMiC is basically an extra set of powerful filters that you can run on your image.  I've not explored them all yet, but they seem mighty powerful to me!  You can find GMiC under Filters->GMiC

You  can learn more at the GMiC site: http://gmic.sourceforge.net/gimp.shtml

6 Comments so far. Leave yours.
02:39 February 23rd, 2012
ah found a solution,

copy all the dll´s files of the Folder
bin of Gimp, in the folder plugins of gimp.

02:35 February 23rd, 2012
hey i just downloaded 2.75 64bit, installed and ran and got a wind.exe error {the program cant start because libgimpui-2.0-0.dll is missing
20:12 September 9th, 2011
Thanks for this, I really appreciate it!
01:46 September 7th, 2011
What would i have to do to make this work work on a 64-bit system? Can I just copy the scripts/plugins/brushes etc. from this to the folders on my 64-bit install?
12:49 August 13th, 2011
I seem to be having the same problem. I've ensured my tablet is enabled in the input devices dialog and pressure is checked next under opacity in brush dynamic settings. However, I can't seem to get it to work. I'm not sure if it's me or a bug though. Any help would be appreciated!
05:30 July 25th, 2011
Hi,Thanks a lot for all your efforts. It IS a big Job and i apreciate it.
i finally decided to download a "build" release for Gimp only for testing. so here we go again. I am testing the GPS presets and i am confussed because i don´´t have pressure on my brushes. please contact with me at mirandagraphic@gmail.com
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