GIMP is the best free and open-source alternative to Adobe Photoshop. Even though it is not as powerful as Photoshop, it is a great tool for photographers if they have the right plugins and tools. We have mentioned the best 23 Plugins for GIMP so that you can make the best use of the software.
How to Install GIMP Plugins?
Most of the plugins can be automatically downloaded by opening the folder and double-clicking on the installer. But, few of them are either python(.py) or script-fu(.scm) type. So you have to download them manually. Follow the steps below:
- Unzip the plugin’s zip file.
- If your plugin is in a .py format, move it into the GIMP Plug-Ins’ folder. The path will be something like – “C:\Program Files\GIMP 2\share\gimp\2.0\plug-ins”.
- If your plugin is in a .scm format, move it into the Scripts’ folder. The path will be something like – “C:\Program Files\GIMP 2\share\gimp\2.0\scripts”.
- Finally, restart GIMP.
1. BIMP (Batch Image Manipulation Plugin)
This plugin helps you crop, resize, rename, rotate and watermark as many images as you want. BIMP saves a lot of time and does its job quite well. It lets you preview changes in the plugin window. It can be installed very easily using the installer. Overall, it’s a must-have a GIMP plugin.
2. G’MIC (GREYC’s Magic Image Computing)
G’MIC has the ultimate range of filters that you can apply and enhance your photos. It has more than 500 filters and effects to make your photos look fantastic. Other than filters, the plugin allows noise reduction, red-eye removal and other repairing jobs. In most of the cases, the default settings are found to be enough but you can even customize it as you want.
3. FX Foundry
FX Foundry has a wide collection of effects and scripts to customize your photos. After installation, it has its own menu in GIMP and makes the features more accessible. Every effect comes with its own dialog where you can tweak the settings before making any changes to your images. It’s the best GIMP plugins to use for image editing.
4. Layer via Copy/Cut
Professional image editing always done in layers. This GIMP plugin allows you to play with layers just like Photoshop. This plugin allows you to make different layers for applying multiple changes or to group them. It makes copy, cut & moving layers very simple and easy.
5. Contrast Fix
Sometimes photos only require a little bit of contrast adjustment to be the best version of itself. And, Contrast Fix makes it easy to use and apply. Install the plugin, adjust the lighting using the slider and that’s it. It’s one of the most used GIMP plugins out there.
This plugin is similar to content-aware fill in Photoshop. Resynthesizer is used to remove unwanted object from images, better texture control, repeating textures, transfer texture from one image to another, image healing, etc. If you are into professional photo editing, this GIMP plugin can give your works a new touch.
UFRaw GIMP plugin is very useful for professional photographers. This plugin makes editing RAW images possible in GIMP. You can use different image corrections like exposure control, colour adjustment, temperature setting, etc. You can edit photos in bulk, by using its Batch Workflow mode to edit multiple photos at once.
Correcting blurred images is now easier for GIMP users, thanks to this plugin. Refocus attempts to correct the blurred image by enabling you to adjust certain parameters.
9. Wavelet Decompose
Low light and incorrect camera settings usually result in a noisy image. Wavelet Decompose helps you in removing these noises using simple sliders and the plugin makes your photos look sharp and shining. The plugin uses some advanced form of frequency separations and divides the image into multiple layers. This way you have more control over each and every detail and so you can decide whether you want to keep them or not.
Dark Table is an amazing plugin for professional editors, it will enable you to edit RAW images easily. It has a very useful set of tools and a user-friendly interface. Unlike, other RAW image editors, you don’t have to spend too much time to learn it. Just add it to GIMP and you’re good to go.
11. GPS (GIMP Paint Studio)
GIMP Paint Studio (GPS) offers more brushes, gradients, patterns, palettes, splashes, tools, presets, etc. The goal of GPS is to provide an adequate working environment for graphic designers and artists.
12. Draw Arrow
Adding arrows to images is one of the most common things in image editing. But if your hands are not steady, you will face a lot of trouble. Draw Arrow is one of the most useful GIMP plugins that makes drawing arrows quite simple and easy for everyone.
13. Scripts Bundle
If you start searching scripts for GIMP, you will find several scripts for each of your tasks. But not everyone is so free to do this thing again and again. This offers a collection of 100+ scripts that GIMP users often use like for image repairing, for image sharpening, for sketching, for effects, etc.
Hugin is a great tool for merging multiple images and creating Panorama. You just need to select images, specify a few common points and that’s it. Hugin will automatically create a beautiful Panorama for you. This tool fixes excessive exposure and angle issues while creating Panoramas. It’s available for Windows, Linux and Mac and works as a standalone application.
Watermark is necessary nowadays. People always want to use your graphics without giving you any credit. This plugin allows you to add text watermarks easily. You can also use the second plugin in case you want to add an Image Watermark.
Download Text Watermark Plugin
Download Image Watermark Plugin
16. Quick Sketch
Quick sketch tool transforms your Image into a sketch-like image. This GIMP plugin applies sketch effects on your images easily. You just need to adjust the blur using the slider and you are done.
17. Liquid Rescale
There are two types of Image Compression – Lossless and Lossy. Liquid Rescale is an effective plugin that lets you resize images without losing any image quality. There are many image editors out there which are based on Lossy image compression. They just know – how to make a 1MB size image to 50KB, Liquid Rescale is almost similar to Photoshop’s Content-Aware Scaling. After installing, you will find it in the Layers menu.
18. Stitch Panorama
There are many popular online and offline tools to make panoramic images, but if you are a GIMP user, this plugin is the best. Unlike other Panorama plugins, it comes with all the essential features that are required to make a beautiful Panora ma image. You can merge multiple images, correct colours, blend and even perform distortion seamlessly.
19. Lens Fun
Lens distortions are very common in photography and there Lens fun comes in. It allows you to fix lens distortion easily and also provide useful options like Chromatic Aberration, Vignette and Scale to fit.
20. Elsamuko’s Filters
Filters make photos look vivid and more professional. This tool is a must for a professional photographer or a normal GIMP user, you can use these filters for several photos. GIMP is a cross-platform image editing tool and so there are many filter sets available for it.
21. Save For Web
Save For Web is one of the most popular and useful GIMP plugins. After installation, you will find it under File Menu. Just select the settings and it will scale, crop or compress images before uploading them to your website. If you are a blogger, a web designer, a graphics designer or anyone who prepare images, this GIMP plugin is definitely for you.
22. GAP (GIMP Animation Package)
GIMP Animation Package or GAP is very useful for producing simple Animations. For a Linux system, install GAP through symantic or you can even compile it by yourself. Windows users can install it using the installer. Once installed, you can access its features under the Video menu. Iyt has over 100 scripts that you can use to create amazing animations.
Beautify is a must-have GIMP Plugin that you can install and add beautiful filters to your photos. It’s lightweight and has a simple interface. You just need to load your photo and start trying filters. It also comes with a preview window and brightness, contrast, saturation sliders.