So You Want to Install Some Assets?
GIMP allows users to include various types of assets to extend its functionality. These include common items such as brushes, patterns, palettes, fonts, Plug-Ins, and Scripts. A common question from new users is how to install these assets, so we are going to look at that here!
Finding Asset Folders
GIMP searches for these assets in locations specified in the Preferences dialog. To open it, go to:
Edit → Preferences
Which will open the GIMP preferences dialog:
Expanding the Folders (click the “+”) in the left pane of the dialog will expose the various asset folder locations:
Selecting one of the options on the left will show the current paths that GIMP will search for that option. In the example above you can see that there are three locations that GIMP will search for Script-Fu scripts:
C:Userspatrickd.gimp-2.8scripts C:Program FilesGIMP 2sharegimp2.0scripts F:Personalgimp-scripts
You can make scripts available (ie: install them) in GIMP by placing them in any of the listed folders.
Before you just start placing scripts in any folder you see here though, let’s think about this for a moment. The first two locations are default locations that are created by GIMP. The third entry, however, is a custom entry.
It can be very helpful to save GIMP assets to a directory outside of the default paths. In the event that you want to upgrade or try a different version of GIMP, you can simply point the appropriate folder to this location to make the assets available again. You can also use a folder as part of a file-syncing service to make scripts and assets available across different computers.
Defining Asset Folders
On the right side of the dialog there are a series of buttons that allow you to manage the folders in the list:
The first button is to define a new folder location to search. The second and third are to change the order that GIMP searches the folders. The fourth is to delete an entry, and the button to the far right invokes the file dialog.
To define a new location, start by pressing the first…
You can read the article in its entirety, on the official website of https://www.gimp.org/tutorials/Asset_Folders/
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