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Resynthesizer Plugin. Works like Photoshop content aware selector.

  • Download and extract
  • Move all files in root folder to Gimp plugins directory.
  • Move files from win32 or win64 to Gimp plugins directory
  • Does not work if you create a plugin folder for the files - dunno why.

Pixabay royalty-free images.


Facebook 3D

Main Image
Add background and image Make shadow of image insert

  • Duplicate the image
  • Flip the image vertically (mirror)
  • Scale/distort and transform the copy
  • Desaturate
  • Colors→Levels make almost black
  • Filters-Blur-Gassian to make fuzzy

Save the image (.xfc) Save the image as "01.jpg"

3D Backgound Layer

Hide the main image and shadow New transparent layer (bg1)

  • Select the horizin (top half of image)
  • Bucket-Fill with black
  • Select→None

Create Another transparent layer (bg2)

  • Gradient tool
  • Select "Default" from gradient list
    • Shape: linear
    • From just above the bottom of the horizon layer, click-drag to fill bottom fading from black to white (downwards)
  • Reenable the tree and shadow
  • Adjust the tree:
    • Colors→Desatureate→Desaturate
    • Colors→Levels: make black
    • Colors→Brightness & Contrast: increase Brightness - make gray
  • Export As: 01_depth.jpg

Drag-and-drop BOTH images to a Facebook post. Facebook will recognize the PAIR as a 3D image, and convert automatically!

Font Folders

I modified my preferences to eliminate the overdone, fat, ridiculous bullshit in the Windows fonts that can't be deleted. I'm left with:

C:\Users\winde\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Fonts [deleted from preferences]
C:\Program Files\GIMP 2\share\gimp\2.0\fonts

It didn't work. I love it when programmers make promises they can't keep.


Search Effects

Simply press the slash key ( / ) to open a search dialog, and type. For example, try "whi" and you'll offerings such as:

  • Whirl and Pinch
  • White Balance
  • Highlights to Sky and Clouds
  • etc.

If you type "whir" all you get is the Whirl and Pinch tool as an offering.

Inverse Failed

Selecting something and then pressing Ctrl+I (inverse) ended-up selection the entire layer. Fix: turn off Enable openCL in Edit→preferences→system

What layer?

If you have multiple layers, and you don't remember which layer a particular item in your image is on, click on the item using Alt+MMB and Gimp will select the layer AND show the layer name at the bottom!

Rotate Canvas

The canvas rotation mode can be activated with any currently selected tool. Just press Shift and start dragging the middle mouse button up or down.

Use the additional Ctrl modifier to rotate with 15° step.

To reset the rotation:

  • "View → Rotate → Reset to 0°"
  • Ctrl + Shift + dragging
  • Press the "!"


Add Node: Press Shift while editing a path, hover over the path, the cursor changes to a plus-sign. Click on the path to add a node.


File Name: templaterc

Data for templates are stored in plain text files, and templates appear in the order found in the file. Template info looks like:

(GimpTemplate "FB Tall 650x850"
    (width 650)
    (height 850)
    (unit pixels)
    (xresolution 72)
    (yresolution 72)
    (resolution-unit inches)
    (image-type rgb)
    (precision u8-gamma)
    (color-managed yes)
    (color-profile NULL)
    (fill-type background)
    (comment "Created with GIMP"))
(GimpTemplate "16:9 -1920"
    (width 1920)
    (height 1080)
    (unit pixels)
    (xresolution 72)
    (yresolution 72)
    (resolution-unit inches)
    (image-type rgb)
    (precision u8-gamma)
    (color-managed yes)
    (color-profile NULL)
    (fill-type white)
    (comment "Created with GIMP"))
(GimpTemplate "16:9 - 1920 vert"

On Windows 10, try looking in the directory:

scode/gimp/tips.txt · Last modified: 2020/03/23 06:50 by terrill