Make GIMP Look and Work Like Photoshop With This Theme Pack

It is no news that GIMP is the best free alternative to Photoshop — but what if there is a way to make it look like Photoshop? Would that make it cooler?

It definitely helps users switching to open-source tools as the environment will feel native to them. Imagine a designer who has spent several years using Photoshop, they’ll be used to its layout, tools, and app shortcuts. Switchers will feel more “at home” when GIMP is made to look (and work) like Photoshop which in turn helps lower the learning hurdle that (naturally) exists in transitioning.

Or it might just be that users prefer the aesthetic look and feel of Photoshop; its monochrome toolbar icons and simple but elegant window layout.

Whatever your reason might be for being in support of adopting the look, DeviantArt user DoctorMo has made your wish come true by packing together some of the best known GIMP Photoshop tweaks into one ready-to-use bundle.

The pack includes:

  • A dark gray background
  • Photoshop icons for the toolbox
  • Photoshop keyboard shortcuts (e.g., ‘p’ for pen, ‘c’ for crop, etc.)
  • Photoshop layout
  • Tool options placed on the right-hand side

Downloading GIMP Photoshop Theme

gimp folder in home

The first step is to download the ‘GIMP 2.8 Photoshop Tweaks’ pack from Doctor Mo’s page on DeviantArt and then to unzip the archive when it’s done downloading.

Next (we assume you’re using Nautilus), press Ctrl + H to enable ‘view hidden files’ in your file manager and see the extracted GIMP config folder .

With hidden files visible replace the existing ~/.gimp-2.8 configuration folder in your Home folder with the one you just extracted.

Finally, re-launch GIMP to enjoy your new Photoshop-y experience.

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Okoi Martins Jr.
I'm a Computer Scientist with a passion for learning new things in fields ranging from theoretical implications of computer science and mathematical modeling to web development and music. In my spare time, I listen to music, read like a compiler, and learn like an A.I algorithm.

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