GIMP: The 5 best and most practical plugins


If you use GIMP frequently, you may sometimes need to do things that are a bit more complicated with the features included in this software, or maybe there are some that are not present. Well don't worry, that's what plugins are for, with which you can add countless new functions with which to make everything much easier.

You already know that, in addition to the automatic and simple method, you also have the manual method to install the plugins in GIMP. Basically it consists of extracting the .zip file, open GIMP, go to Edit, Preferences, Folders and press + to expand, and:

  • If they are PY: click Accessories.
  • If they are SMC: hit Scripts or Scripts.

then you will see two folders, you must choose users and move the files you have unzipped to the folder and restart GIMP.

Having said that, let's see what are the 5 best plugins for GIMP. At least, those that can be more practical on a day-to-day basis:

  • G'MIC: Magic for Image Computing is one of the most popular plugins for GIM. It is a collection with more than 500 filters for your images. They are very varied, from emulating movies, to deformations, color balance, metallic looks, etc.
  • RawTherapee: is a plugin to work with images in RAW format, or crude. This is common for professional photographers, who will have such a good image processor with tone mapping, HDR support, etc.
  • Resynthesizer: This other GIMP plugin is very useful as it adds some features to easily remove objects from images. The plugin will take care of removing the area and filling it effectively.
  • BIMP: allows you to work with images in batches, in a massive way, to save time when you have to do the same retouching to many photos. That way you don't have to go one by one.
  • Hugin: With it you can create a panoramic image from several uploaded photos. All in a very simple and fast way, and carrying out all the necessary process to obtain good results.

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  1.   chiwy said

    Resynthesizer is supposed to be in Debian in the gimp-plugin-registry, but at least it doesn't work for me.

    And installing it with Flatpak makes me lazy, I thought that with Snap I had already solved everything that is not in the Debian repositories...

    1.    pablinux said

      In Manjaro it works for me with gimp-plugin-registry, but in Ubuntu I use the Flatpak version.

      I would recommend the Flatpak version because Resynthesizer has not been updated to Python 3 and on Debian/Ubuntu it gives more problems. When they release GIMP 3, which will add a "store" of extensions, maybe the developer will update it, but right now
      that the best option for Debian is the Flatpak.