Power Up Your GIMP with Additional Plugins

power up your GIMP with pluginsGIMP Plugin Registry is the largest known source of GIMP plug-ins where users can browse, download, comment and read useful tips related to GIMP. If you’re a GIMP user then you should not miss this site where you can find some useful plug-ins to power up your GIMP.



GIMP Plugin Registry (registry.gimp.org) has been down since July 2018, all the links to the website have been removed until the site is up again. You still can access the plugins using:


GIMP Plugin Repository

Here are some plug-ins I found very useful:

Layer Effects

If you’re a Photoshop user, you will like this add-on. This is a series of scripts that similar to Photoshop Layer FX (effects). The effects you can apply are: Drop Shadow, Inner Shadow, Outer Glow, Inner Glow, Bevel and Emboss, Satin, Color Overlay, Gradient Overlay, Pattern Overlay, Stroke.

G’MIC (GREYC’s Magic for Image Computing)

It is a set of various filters to apply, including: Arrays & Frames, Artistic, Black &White, Colors, Contours, Deformations, Degradations, Enhancement, Layers, Lights & Shadows, Patterns, Presets/Testing, Rendering, Sequences, Spectral Handling, Various.

Save for Web

This plug-in is very handy for web designers to save images optimized to minimal file size with acceptable quality. You may consider it as an alternative to Smush.it and Trimage. But with this one, users can adjust various settings, preview, compare and save images to lossless file formats.

Wavelet Denoise

This plug-in is for reducing image noise, useful for improving skin texture. It has a preview and good tooltips to help you deal with the settings.

Liquid Rescale

Liquid Rescale is a plug-in to resize pictures non uniformly using seam carving algorithm. If you frequently resizing images to different sizes and aspect ratios, then you should have this tool.

High Pass Filter

This plug-in is a high pass filter, this filter is commonly used in digital image processing to perform image enhancements, sharpening and noise reduction.

For Ubuntu Users

icon of Ubuntu Software CenterIf you are a Ubuntu user then you don’t have to manually install the plug-ins. It will be easier using Ubuntu Software Center, search using the keyword “gimp plugin”, click the plug-ins you want and let it install automatically for you. One thing I strongly recommend is the “repository of optional extensions for GIMP”, this package is a collection of many handy GIMP add-ons.

Ubuntu Software Center showing GIMP plugins repository

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