GIMP, the free and open-source image editor, is often blamed for its lack of polish in its interface. However, with sufficient addons (particularly plugins), you can achieve a lot of functionality found in other editors.
Our previous GIMP plugins post looked at best plugins for web design, photography etc. In this second roundup, we will take a look at plugins that bring Photoshop’s features to GIMP. This is significant, because GIMP typically draws a lot of flack for not having many of Photoshop’s functionality.
You might also want to read our previous posts on GIMP:
- More free GIMP plugins
- How to install brushes, gradients and plugins in GIMP
- Best GIMP brushes
- Free Photoshop brushes (Photoshop brushes work in GIMP 2.4 and above)
- Download Geometric Patterns, a free huge texture pack
These are GIMP 2.6 -compatible and tested plugins, but they would likely work for older versions too.ADVERTISEMENT
GIMP plugins for Photoshop-like functionality
Wavelet Denoise: Reduce noise in each channel of an image separately
GREYCstoration: Removes grains or small artefacts (JPEG blocks effect) from images. It is based on anisotropic diffusion partial differential equations.
Liquid Rescale: Brings Photoshop’s content aware scaling to GIMP.
Image subdivide: Divide image into specified number of rows and columns and save any part.
Save for Web: Brings the Save for web feature that is much useful for web designers and others posting images to the web.
PSPI: Photoshop plugin wrapper that lets you use Photoshop plugins in GIMP.
Slice and Merge: Split one image ‘file’ into smaller ‘files’, and to recombine it successively. One single image ‘file’ can be split into unlimited number of files.
Unsharp Mask: Improves on the default unsharp functionality.
Photo finish: Round photo edges and apply a shadow border.
Photoshop pattern loader: Load Photoshop PAT patterns set as image in GIMP.
Soft focus: This script simulates soft focus.
Watermark: Add text as a watermark into an image.
Removing timestamp: This script removes the timestamp imprinted on photos by digital cameras.
Shadowed thumbnail: Create a thumbnail preview of an image with a shadow effect.
Flash SWF Export: A Python script that exports a GIMP image as a Shockwave Flash file or the layers of an GIMP image as a Shockwave Flash animation.
Plastiwrap: Script-fu that replicates the Photoshop filter Plastic Wrap.
Backup: GIMP script that backs up working image.
Wavelet Decompose: Script-fu that losslessly decompose an image into different detail scales. Useful for photo post processing.
High quality rescale: Improved upscaling using a new proof-of-concept algorithm.
Noise generator: Generate noise of a few different types.
Pencil drawing from photo: Script to create pencil drawing from photographic image.
Tear off: Python plugin that crops application screenshots with a jagged “torn-off” appearance.
GIMP reflection: Extends lower section of an image as a reflection of the original image.
Pandora: Simplifies the process of stitching together a sequence of panorama images.
Shadow recovery: Recover image information in dark parts.
Texturize: Create large and natural textures from a small sample.
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