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Themes for 64bit GIMP on Windows

  1. #11


    Adelaide
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    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)


    Looks nice.
    Thanks for that theme file (I'll add it to my collection).

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  2. #12


    Adelaide
    Posts : 1,338
    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)

    Photoshop Plug-ins


    My friend sent me these links:
    How to add Photoshop plug-ins to GIMP
    Handy Tweaks To Make GIMP Replace Photoshop | Smashing Magazine

    Some of the info may be out of date though (2009).
    For example, GIMP has had single window mode for a while now.
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  3. #13


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Thanks for the links. Always good to see extra plugins.
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  4. #14


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    I was using GIMP 2.8.4 x64 until recently... I got repeating crashes with some built-in plugins (create -> patterns / renders -> land, flatland, map -> was unable to switch gradients).

    It seems another version 2.8.2-1 is more recent (GTK+ and GIMP installers for Windows | Free Graphics software downloads at SourceForge.net) and the crashes are fixed. I had to re-apply all themes and x64 plugins again but it was worth it.
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  5. #15


    Adelaide
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    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)


    Thanks for that info.

    My GIMP 2.8.4 is running OK on W7 (64 bit).
    Some of the previous plugins don't work with this version though.

    On XP I'm having some weird issues, possibly because I installed it using the built-in Administrator account.
    It refuses to allow any user account, other than the Administrator, to run it.
    It tries to write the all of the other user profile files to the Administrator's user account (which fails).
    I've never had any problems running GIMP for every user before.

    The colour picker doesn't function either.
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  6. #16


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
    On XP I'm having some weird issues, possibly because I installed it using the built-in Administrator account.
    It refuses to allow any user account, other than the Administrator, to run it.
    It tries to write the all of the other user profile files to the Administrator's user account (which fails).
    I've never had any problems running GIMP for every user before.

    The colour picker doesn't function either.
    Try a re-install maybe?

    You refer to the .gimp-2.8 folder found on each user account right?
    Try to manually copy that to the needed user account.

    I'm not sure since I got a single user setup.

    These days I don't even install the program anymore, just copy - paste the entire (preinstalled and zipped) folder to program files since I got a lot of enhancements and plugins that are easier to install this way. It works fine on Win7 and 8 that's for sure.

    The only, a bit annoying, thing is that each script-fu called menu doesn't pop-up and you'll need to look for it in the taskbar (it will blink though) between a multitude of others sharing the same icon:

    (x64: this is the one that crashed on 2.8.4 and got fixed in 2.8.2-1)
    Click image for larger version
    But luckily this is something getting used to easily.
    Works fine.
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  7. #17


    Adelaide
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    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)


    I have used an environment variable to rename and move that folder inside the appropriate folder.
    I've used that trick for years on XP and W7 (different folders on each OS, obviously).

    I could copy the user data to the program directory instead, but the problem is that when I start GIMP, it tries to build a user data folder in the wrong location (Administrator).
    It completely ignores the existence of any data in the correct location.

    It temporarily fixed itself when I used the Command Prompt to start it (I read that during my search for answers).
    However when I tried it a second time (to fix the Guest account) it broke the Standard user account and the trick wouldn't work again.

    It's only a weird nuisance, as I can run it as Administrator from any account (if I need to).

    I've noticed the script-fu issue too.
    On my machine, some of them behave as you state, but only the first time I use them.
    Afterwards they pop-up on top, every time for the rest of that session.
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  8. #18


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64

    Same themes in Inkscape


    On Linux this theming issue/stuff might be irrelevant because the OS manages GTK+ themes and all programs look native. But how about GTK+ on Windows? Will a customized Gimp install, containing may themes, share the same UI experience with other GTK+ programs? If both programs are built using the same structure, UI... than it might work pretty well, we just copy the needed plugin/dll/settings to the needed folders.

    A first test,
    In theory all the themes dll's and gtkrc theme specifications used in Gimp can be used on Inkscape as well.

    Since we use 64bit Gimp versions here, I grabbed a 64bit Inkscape version from Partha's Place and it already uses a nice dark Clearlooks theme by default.

    I've noticed a UI close to Gimp's... folder structure confirmed: this will allow extra GTK themes to be used.
    But to make sure all goes just like in theory, I've added the last mentioned Crux theme here as well... copied it from my Gimp's directory.

    Running both programs on Windows 8.1 x64.

    So the result is pretty good:
    -Inkscape:
    Click image for larger version

    -Gimp:
    Click image for larger version

    Both programs are for images: Gimp is for bitmaps and Inkscape is for vectors, they both use the same UI: using GTK+ thus both can use the same (customized) themes... that makes them brothers in arms.
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  9. #19


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Inkscape worked pretty straightforward, but what if this works with other programs as well?

    List of GTK+ programs:
    Quote Originally Posted by Wikipedia
    Applications[edit]

    Some notable applications that use GTK+ as a widget toolkit include:

    Now which ones nave Windows builds available...


    I think Chromium/Chrome uses a new window manager when running on Windows, not sure if gtk themes can be used here (has to be built from source for this).

    Seeing this Chrome options available on Windows is just Sci-Fi:
    Click image for larger version

    On the other hand,
    Windows versions of AbiWord and WireShark seem interesting to use the theme... but again, it's not tested yet.
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  10. #20


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    On the other hand,
    Windows versions of AbiWord and WireShark seem interesting to use the theme... but again, it's not tested yet.
    I forgot the most important part:
    -if the latest two mentioned, or any other programs are 32bit then we would require 32bit themes to use (the Inkscape and Gimp above are 64bit only).
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