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  1. #1
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    Using Photoshop plugins with GIMP

    I recently learned that you can use many Photoshop plugins with GIMP. It took some reading and asking questions before I finally gleaned enough info to make it work, and most of the info I found was on gimptalk.com.

    If you are interested in trying, here are the steps I used.

    It took me awhile to piece together all of the important tid-bits from gimptalk.com in order to get my *.8bf Photoshop plug-ins to work in GIMP. To help others in the future, here are EXACTLY the steps I used to make it all work.

    1. Download this file: http://www.gimptalk.com/showfile.php?f=9&file=9e4509e1abd05d0ea003cc8470c5 0952&type=application/zip&ac=pspi.zip

    2. Extract this file to the ...\Program Files\GIMP-2.0\lib\gimp\2.0\plug-ins folder. The file is itself a plug-in that is used to manage PhotoShop plug-ins within GIMP.

    3. Create a folder somewhere and put your *.8bf files there.

    4. Launch GIMP. In the Xtns menu, there should now be a selection called "Photoshop Plugin Settings". Select this, then enter the path for the folder in which you have the *.8bf files.

    5. When you restart GIMP, the new *.8bf files will appear as plugins in the "Filters" menu of the Image Window.
    Last edited by lynchbird; 09-01-2005 at 09:19 PM.

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    A very useful bit of info for our GIMP users. Maybe I should give it (GIMP+PS plug-ins) a try.

    Thanks.
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    Camera RAW 3.1 plug-in works

    OK, so just for the heck of it I downloaded and installed GIMP. A pretty nice bit of freeware that I will test run.

    The best part is that you can install and run the Photoshop RAW Plug-in!

    Thanks again Lynchbird. Your step-by-step works exactly as described.
    Last edited by D70FAN; 09-01-2005 at 12:57 PM.
    D7000, D70, CP990, CP900, FE.
    50mm f/1.8, Sigma 18-125, Sigma 24-70 f/2.8, Nikon 18-105 VR, Nikon 55-200 VR, Nikon 43-86 f/3.5 AiS, Vivitar 28-90 F/2.8-3.5 Macro, Vivitar 75-205 F/3.8-4.8, SB800.
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    RAW Plug-in Update

    While the procceedure works, I was a little hasty on the RAW plug-in front. It's installed but won't run.

    Drat! I must be missing something (I hope).
    D7000, D70, CP990, CP900, FE.
    50mm f/1.8, Sigma 18-125, Sigma 24-70 f/2.8, Nikon 18-105 VR, Nikon 55-200 VR, Nikon 43-86 f/3.5 AiS, Vivitar 28-90 F/2.8-3.5 Macro, Vivitar 75-205 F/3.8-4.8, SB800.
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    One thing you'll find that is a negative is that the preview feature of some (actually, most that I've tried so far) PS plug-ins doesn't work well or at all. This makes it a little more cumbersome to see exactly what the filters are doing.

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    There is a RAW plugin for The Gimp; I can not remember where I downloaded it but the setup file is called "ufraw-0.4-setup" and I presume you can find it on Google.

    Anthony

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonzo
    There is a RAW plugin for The Gimp; I can not remember where I downloaded it but the setup file is called "ufraw-0.4-setup" and I presume you can find it on Google.

    Anthony
    Now that is cool, and it works pretty well. And darned fast at that. May not replace Photoshop, but for RAW on a budget it's close.

    Thanks.
    D7000, D70, CP990, CP900, FE.
    50mm f/1.8, Sigma 18-125, Sigma 24-70 f/2.8, Nikon 18-105 VR, Nikon 55-200 VR, Nikon 43-86 f/3.5 AiS, Vivitar 28-90 F/2.8-3.5 Macro, Vivitar 75-205 F/3.8-4.8, SB800.
    Ha! See, I can change...


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    Another interesting plugin for Gimp I have found is a "Foreground extractor" plugin.

    Seems to work OK but at first I thought the program was "Not responding" as the PC takes a while to process the data.

    I need to keep a beter track of my links but the download file is siox4gimp

    Anthony

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    Post RAW Plugin review

    Quote Originally Posted by George Riehm
    Now that is cool, and it works pretty well. And darned fast at that. May not replace Photoshop, but for RAW on a budget it's close.

    Thanks.
    I found this review:

    http://www.whisper-wood.co.uk/FujiRawConv.pdf

    It's a huge pdf file, but the review is excellent. One free RAW utility was neck 'n' neck with Adobe RAW plugin. Check it out.

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    This is a really useful thread! I vote sticky!

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