Join Justin Seeley for an in-depth discussion in this video Configuring GIMP for Windows, part of GIMP Essential Training.
Throughout this course, I'll be using a Mac to show you all the things that we work through inside of GIMP. However, there is a difference between the Mac version, and PC version, or Windows version of GIMP. On the Mac side, all of the plug-ins that I use in this course are included by default in the download and installation of GIMP. However, there are three of them that are missing from the Windows installation that you may need to install yourself. These three are the BIMP, or Batch Image Manipulation plug-in, the Noise generator plug-in, and also the Layer via Copy/Cut plug-in.
These all allow you to do things like layer via cut/copy, generate noise on an image, and then batch process images as well. You'll see all of this happen in those respective movies. Now, in order to install these, you'll need to go to registry.gimp.org, and once on that site, just type in the names of these plug-ins. So, for instance, if you were looking for the noise generator, you would just type out Noise Generator, and hit Search. Once you hit Search, that should return the results, and Noise generator should be listed here. Once you click, it should take you to this page, and on this page, you'll want to scroll down until you find a section where the downloads are.
Now, for this particular plug-in, the Windows download is down here at the bottom, so you'll have to click this, and then download it from this link here. The Layer via Cut/Copy; it also has a section labeled Download, which you'll have to find right here, and it will actually take you to an external site known as deviantart where you can then download the Layer via Cut, and Layer via Copy plug-in. The BIMP, or Batch Image Manipulation plug-in, works much the same way, just go to this Web address right here, you can click on it, it takes you to the section where you can download it, and then you'll be able to download it to your computer.
Once you have those packages downloaded to your computer, the process of installing them is actually relatively simple. Let's minimize our Web browser, and go out here to my Downloads folder. I have got two of those plug-ins here ready to go: the noise generator, and layer via copy and cut. So what I'm going to do is just right-click on noise generator, and I'm going to choose Extract All. Then I need to find the destination folder that I want to put it in. This is where it gets a little bit tricky if you don't know where to put GIMP plug-ins. So click Browse, go to your Computer, open up the C Drive, or whatever your default hard drive is, navigate down to Program Files, go down to GIMP 2, go down to lib, go to gimp, and then select the plug-ins folder. Then click OK. This should say C:\Program Files\Gimp 2\lib\gimp\2.0\plug-ins.
Once that's finished, go ahead and hit Extract. That's going to show you the new extracted folder right here at the top. And so what you'll need to do now is double-click on this folder. Inside of that folder is the noise generator, and you can also grab this other plug-in as well. And then you can just select both of those, right-click, and choose cut, go back one, select one of these items here in the list, and then use Control+V on your keyboard to paste them in, and when you do that, noise-generator pops up; so does the other noise plug-in as well.
Now let's go back over into my Downloads, let's right-click the layer via copy, Extract All, again Browse, Computer > C Drive > Program Files > Gimp 2 > lib > gimp > 2.0 > plug-ins. Hit OK, check and make sure the file path is correct, looks good; hit Extract. It may say something like this folder is already there, if you have already extracted this before, as I have here. If it is, that's okay; just hit Yes to overwrite it, and we'll say Copy and Replace.
Once we do that, I'll scroll down, and layer-via-copy-cut is there. Now, I had GIMP closed this entire time. If you had GIMP open, you'll need to close it, and then restart it. Once you restart GIMP, you can then check and make sure that your plug-ins have loaded correctly. So I can go to Layer, and there is Layer via Cut, and Layer via Copy right there, and then in Filters section, there is Noise > Noise generator is right there at the top, and the same would hold true for the Batch Image Manipulation as well.
So, as we go through the course, if you see something that is not in your menu structure by default, or one of filters is missing, check and see if that filter, or that menu command exists as a plug-in in the GIMP repository. Once you find it, download it, and install it, and you should be able to follow along step by step with everything that I do on the Mac side.
- What is GIMP?
- Performing nondestructive edits with layers
- Exploring blend modes
- Adjusting transparency
- Making selections
- Creating layer masks
- Adjusting color and contrast with Curves, Levels, and other auto adjustments
- Sharpening images
- Using patterns and gradients in your images
- Fixing image flaws
- Enhancing photos with filters
- Automating your workflow