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GIMP or GNU Image Manipulation Programme is an open source free image editor software available for GNU/Linux, OS X, Windows and various other operating systems.

Besides image editing, GIMP can also be used as a simple paint program, an online batch processing system, an image format converter and much more!

GIMP is by far the most challenging open source alternative to Photoshop. Whether you are a graphic designer, a photographer, or an illustrator, GIMP provides you with a variety of tools ranging from simple pencil to new selection tools to get your job done.

GIMP, however, lags behind Photoshop due to some missing features that is found in Photoshop. But still it is the choice of million of users and the first preference of Linux users. GIMP is the best free alternative to Photoshop and is around 30 times lighter than Photoshop. GIMP can be made even more powerful by adding plugins and scripts to it. When you will try to install these plugins, you will come around a huge collection of plugin and may end up being confused.

This article is going to help you out with 20 most impressive plugins that is free to download, install and use:

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Best Gimp Plugins & Scripts

Layer via Copy/Cut

20 best free gimp plugins -layer via copy cut

Layer via copy/cut is one of the most important feature of Photoshop. Once you have installed this plugin, you can easily copy or cut selected areas of a layer or a group of layers in an image and create a new layer from the area.

Click here to download this plugin

Once installed, you can use this plugin from the layers menu

FX Foundry

20 best free gimp plugins-FX Foundry

FX-Foundry is one of the most famous GIMP plugin available. It has more than a hundred image manipulation scripts and hence has its own menu in GIMP from which you can use all its features.

Click here to download FX-Foundry

 

Wavelet Denoise

20 best free gimp plugins-wavelet denoise

In digital photographs, noise is a commonly used term to describe visual distortion. It is generally caused by variation in brightness and incorrect camera settings. Noise is more pronounced in photographs taken in low light.

Using this plugin, you can reduce noise in your photos by changing various parameters. You can preview the changes by checking the preview box.

Click here to download this plugin

Once installed, you can use this plugin from Filters-Enhance

UF Raw20 best free gimp plugins-UF Raw

Unidentified Flying Raw helps to convert few of the basic RAW formats(Nikon, Canon, etc) into the format you want. You can also change multiple images at once using the batch workflow mode available with this plugin.

Click here to download this plugin

Refocus20 best free gimp plugins-refocus

Refocus is helpful in fixing blurry images captured by a camera. It can also be used to fix the noise and gauss effect thereby ensuring an image with a better clarity.

Click here to download this plugin

Once installed, you can get access to this plugin from the Layers menu

Quick Sketch

20 best free gimp plugins-quick sketch

Using this plugin, you can turn a photo into an image that looks like a sketch very easily. You can also adjust the blur factor in case you want to change the image as per your need.

Click here to download this plugin

Once installed, you can use this plugin from Script Fu-Artistic-Quick Sketch

Liquid Rescale

20 best free gimp plugins-liquid rescale

In case you want to resize an image without any distortion or remove selected parts of an image, you must have this plugin installed.

Click here to download this plugin

Once installed, you can use this plugin from the Layers menu

Lensfun

20 best free gimp plugins-lensfun

This plugin will help you fix lens distortion on your images by automatically detecting the type of the camera and the lens that you use.

Click here to download this plugin

Once installed, you can use this plugin from Filters-Enhance-Lensfun

Save for Web

20 best free gimp plugins-save for web

Save for Web lets you compress, resize, smooth and crop images before uploading them to your website, thereby ensuring that they are not too large.

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Once installed, you can use this plugin from the File menu

Watermark

20 best free gimp plugins-watermark

Adding watermark to your art prevents it from being stolen by others for fulfilling their purpose.

This plugin helps you to add watermarks to your image in the form of text. You can also change the size, alignment and font of the watermark.

Click here to download this plugin

Once installed, you can get access to this plugin from Script Fu-MyScripts-Watermark

Filterpack

20 best free gimp plugins-filterpack

Filter Pack is a plugin that is used to change the color of the image that you want.

Here, you can choose the image selection under the Show menu, set the display in the Affected Range menu, pixels in the Select Pixels By menu and clarity in the Windows menu and set the Roughness of the image.

Click here to download this plugin

Once installed, you can reach this plugin from Colors-Filter Pack

Resynthesizer

20 best free gimp plugins-resynthesizer

Have you ever unwillingly deleted an image just because of the poor background or unwanted objects in the image? Well this plugin is meant to curb this problem.

Using this plugin, you can easily remove unwanted objects from images. You can also transfer the texture of one image to the other.

Features such as Enlarge and Sharpen, Uncrop, Heal choice, etc are included in this plugin.

Click here to download this plugin

Once installed, you can use this plugin from Filters-Enhance menu

Normal Map20 best free gimp plugins-Normal map

This plugin is used to convert normal images into RGB color maps that can be used in per pixel lightning applications.

To be simple, Normal Map is used to add texture to an image to give it an extra detail.

Click here to download this plugin

Once installed, you can use this plugin from Filters-Map-Normal Map

Red Eye

20 best free gimp plugins-red eye

This plugin is used to remove red eyes from an image.

To use this plugin, first you have to select the area where you want to remove the red eye and then apply this feature.

Click here to download this plugin

Once installed, you can use this plugin from <Image>Filters-Enhance-Red Eye Removal

Focus Blur

20 best free gimp plugins-focus blur

Focus Blur plug-in is blurring effect, a kind of called DoF. This software makes an out of focus with luminosity and depth, like a sight or lenses. It can be used with depth map, depth fakes and shine effect. Also it can work as simple and applicable blur.

Click here to download this plugin

Once installed, you can use this plugin from Filters-Blur-Focus Blur

Exposure Blend

20 best free gimp plugins-exposure blend

This plugin is used to blend all the three bracketed exposures into a detailed and realistic image with a well contrast level. It can also be used for various other features such as smoothening, contrasting, trimming and aligning the image.

Click here to download this plugin

Once installed, you can use this plugin from Toolbox-Extensions-Photography-Exposure Blend

Export Layers

20 best free gimp plugins-export layers

This plugin helps you to save gimp layers as separate images in every possible format that is supported by GIMP.

Click here to download this plugin

Once installed, you can use this plugin from File-Export Layers

BIMP

20 best free gimp plugins-BIMP(Batch Image Manipulation Plugin)

BIMP or the Batch Image Manipulation Plugin helps to change multiple images at the same time.

Using this plugin, you can crop, resize, rename and rotate as many images as you want. You can also preview the changes that you have made by checking the preview box.

Click here to download this plugin

Once installed, you can use this plugin from File-Batch Image Manipulation Plugin

Contrast Fix

20 best free gimp plugins-contrast fix

This plugin adds a contrast adjustment layer to your image. It can be used to fix images that are too dark or too bright. Unfortunately, this plugin has no preview option so you will have to be well versed with this plugin. You can also run the plugin more than once on the same image which is an added advantage.

Click here to download this plugin

Once installed, you can use this plugin from Script Fu-Darla-Contrast Fix

Beautify

20 best free gimp plugins-beautify

This plugin helps to beautify images quickly and easily.

You can add border, fix contrast, control saturation, and even add various effects using this plugin.

Click here to download this plugin

Once installed, you can use this plugin from Filters-Beautify

Thanks for reading the article.

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If you are a GIMP user and can recommend some other great plugins for GIMP that I might have missed, do let us know in the comments section below.

Happy GIMPing!!

  • Raj Kashyap

    That was really helpful

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