Gimp Paint Studio 2.6

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I forgot to write here about a major resources lastly released on internet for FLOSS digital painters : GPS 1.5. Maybe I was too much 'in my DVD production' to write about : but here is an attempt to repare this. Update: This resources is outdated and unmaintained : it won't work with recent version of Gimp ( 2.8 and more ). I do not maintain Gimp brush anymore, I'm using Krita. GPS 1.5 ( for Gimp Paint Studio ) is a collection of pre-made settings and users preferences to run with Gimp 2.6x series ( not yet adapted for the 2.7 + series ). The pack include a default user interface panels positions , brushs, gradient, textures, palettes, and the most important ; a lot of incredible presets for all tools. The version 1.5 was specially made to bring the best update of the GPS , but also a merging my "Chaos&Evolutions 2" brush kit. ( the 2nd version never had a release alone, only in GPS 1.5 ) The presets are incredibly good, and the main author Ramon Miranda really demonstrate with success his knowledge of doing good and strong presets for digital painters. ( Congratz again ! And thanks for the help and effort into merging Chaos&Evolution brush kit ) . So now , digital painters with Gimp-painter don't have to choose anymore between GPS and C&E :) Btw, I use GPS till the beta version, released months ago , ( and so , in my DVD Blend&Paint ) .

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A screenshot, with a arrow to show the loading preset button in the tool-option panel ( beautifull list )

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Another screen to show the variety and the richness of the brushs

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And a last test sheet , to show how incredible are 6 picked presets of the Gimp-painter mixbrush tools . With mixing + texture , it's actually the most advanced digital painting FLOSS tool :

website : Instalation on Windows explained here : Instalation for Linux users : you can paste simply this line by line in a terminal , the command start with a copy of your existing preset and gimp configuration , because it still important to keep the possibility to revert later.
mv ~/.gimp-2.6 ~/.gimp-2.6-backup
unzip GPS\ 1_5_final\ -d ~/.gimp-2.6
rm GPS\ 1_5_final\

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link RamonMiranda   - Reply

Hi man, nice to see you are more available for other projects like GPS. first, thanks for the post, which is good for people who wants to start painting with free libre open license software.

I was watching the links and the is a great resources place. thanks for the link.

link REVOY David Author, - Reply

Hi Ramon,
Many thanks again for all your work around GPS , you are really the 'brush setting master' ; and no doubt about it. I really hope to see an equivalent of GPS for Krita in a future, as well as future GPS for Gimp 2.8+ .

link Emile31   - Reply

Hello David, tanks for the update on gps. As I know you are à unlimited source of knowledge about opensource softs i wondered id you knew something about an eventual script or plugin to change brushes size on the fly in Gimp with à drag and clic shortcut like in corel painter or photoshop.
Many thanks again for tour efforts and i hope i will receive Blend and paint soon :)

link Steven Powers (SMP)   - Reply

David or Ramond,

First off, thanks for your effort. Both of you do a lot of work on GIMP over the years and I personally do appreciate it.

Secondly, How do you manage your brushes in GIMP. Other than having GIMP load in a single window, the biggest issue I have is organizing my brushes.

Thanks again,

link REVOY David Author, - Reply

@Steven: thx :) for organizing, I try to clean and name them to make my brush sorting in a logic way ; for the preset, I edit the text files and do copy paste for sorting the data text block in the right order . Btw , organisation and management of ressources in Gimp 2.6 is a known isssue ; I'm happy next Gimp already include the precious feature 'tagging ressources'.

link REVOY David Author, - Reply

@Emile31: Thanks ! for your research , unfortunately; I don't know a plugin or a script doing it. Here I use this :

Go to the keyboard shortcut windows, (Edit>Keyboard Shortcuts) , and in the search field enter this : 'Brush Scale'
Attribute 2 shortcuts for the 'Decrease Brush Scale' and 'Increase Brush Scale' ; here I use 2 punctuations key on my french azerty keyboard ' : and ; '. They are 2 key side by side easy to find next my space bar.

And for the DVD ; it's on way , I get news at the Blender Inst. it was packed and posted 2 days ago ! I already updated the official support page with first Eratum :

link Steven Powers (SMP)   - Reply


I have played with 2.7 and it definitely going the right direction but going between 2.6, 2.7 and PS CS5 is somewhat daunting. I guess I am just waiting for 2.8 to be released and so many. It is good to see the effort that is going into it.

Thanks again for the reply,

link Ramon Miranda   - Reply

[quote]Hi Ramon,
Many thanks again for all your work around GPS , you are really the 'brush setting master' ; and no doubt about it. I really hope to see an equivalent of GPS for Krita in a future, as well as future GPS for Gimp 2.8+ .[/quote]

Really apreciated coming from a talented artist like you.We can start to work in the update when 2.8 will be out, for the moment i am painting and painting which is what i love to do. but we could start to email us with new ideas about GPS. what do you think? i know there is lot of things that could be improved or enlarged.

link Emile31   - Reply

Good news!
Well thank you for the answer, I think I will change my < and > shortcut for , ; as you said they are easier to access from left hand which is on space-bar most of the time, and since Mypaint uses , ; too it must be less confusing while switching between Gimp and Mypaint.

link Touffe   - Reply

GPS looks very interesting. Unfortunately, I have troubles using it with my wacom Intuos 4 L. The drawing works one time out of two, and it's very difficult to draw like this.

Désolé pour mon anglais si c'est bourré de fautes. Le tracé ne fonctionne qu'une fois sur deux, et l'autre fois le curseur reste bloqué. Pour dessiner, il faut toujours compter un coup pour rien sur deux et c'est très pénible. J'ai désinstallé GPS et c'est rentré dans l'ordre.
Merci pour tous tes conseils, Deevad en tout cas. C'est vraiment précieux ;o)

link REVOY David Author, - Reply

@Touffe : Merci ! Je n'ai jamais été au courant de ce ralentissement, mais ça doit être pénible. J'ai eu des crash avec GPS et certaines brosses moi dernièrement. Je me demande si le trop plein de preset ne plombe pas un peu Gimp. A voir ; si jamais je trouve un relation de cause à effet ; j'en parlerai sur ce blog.

link Giovanny Arce   - Reply

Thanks a lot, you both are amazing, thanks David Revoy and Ramon Miranda for such tools, you guys make Gimp go beyond evolution XD . Cheers!

link yoann   - Reply

Thank you so much ramon and deevad for the great work in the community.
I wondered if there was a possibility to tidy the brushes like in mypaint. It is way more handy to get a nice icon of the tool ! Hope that it will be soon possible =)

link REVOY David Author, - Reply

@yoann : Thx ! For the moment no preview icons are decided on the Gimp side for presets ( but I have not a lot of infos in this direction ).
Btw, Krita has a good preset dockers and cool brush(es) engine(s) with preview as in Mypaint. :)

link kot-barbos   - Reply

Hello, everyone. I need help (sorry for my english). I can't set a keyboard shortcut for the opacity and more dark/light (that said in C&E video tutorial). I even add some lines in ".gimp-2.6/menurc"
gtk_accel_path "<Actions>/tools/tools-paint-brush-opacity-decrease" "KP_4")
(gtk_accel_path "<Actions>/tools/tools-paint-brush-opacity-increase" "KP_5"
but it doesn't work :(
Thanks a lot for help.

link David REVOY Author, - Reply

@kot-barbos : Hey :) You can find all the solution here :
A very complete article about how to configure Gimp for painting. Sorry to didn't include this step on the DVD btw. Hope you will like it.

link kot-barbos   - Reply

Hello, David. That link is wery helpful. Thanks a lot for help again.

link Steven Powers (SMP)   - Reply


It may be a stupid question, but where specifically is the "mixbrush tools"? I looked under brushes and tools among others and didn't locate them.

Thanks again,

link David REVOY Author, - Reply

@Steven Powers (SMP) : If you don't see it I doubt you have Gimp-painter installed , or maybe a fresher Gimp 'classic' from a ppa or deposit overwriten your Gimp-painter installation ( it happen, here in Synaptic I had to 'force version' of Gimp-painter to refuse the Gimp normal updates ) . To see if it's Gimp-painter or Gimp, the classic thing is to go to Help > About ; if it's Gimp-painter, it should be written at this place.
If it's Gimp-painter, the tool can be unhide/hide in the toolbar setting , in the menu 'Windows > Dockable Dialog > Tools' , a list system of visible ( with a eye icon ) tools is here. Be sure to have mixbrush visible. Hope this will help ! ;)

link Steven Powers (SMP)   - Reply

Thanks. That is exactly what I was doing. I had GIMP and not Gimp Painter installed. But I have rectified it and updated or graded it with GPS files. I will have to give it more attention and see what I can and cannot do with Gimp-Painter. I like the feel of it being very similar to PS, but I will have to spend time on it ...something that is always in short supply of.

Thanks again,

link Steven Powers (SMP)   - Reply


I saw your comments on Deviantarts in regards to patching GIMP with gimp-painter. This is what worked for me on Ubuntu 11.04 Thank you for your command lines.

"This was done on Ubuntu 11.04:
1-make sure GIMP is not installed
2- Open up a Terminal Window and copy and paste the following.

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:mizuno-as/ppa && sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gimp
unzip GPS\ 1_5_final\ -d ~/.gimp-2.6
rm GPS\ 1_5_final\

3-The got to the Ubuntu Software Center (Application Ubuntu Software Center) and install Gimp.

4-Verify that Gimp as been patched with Gimp-Painter by running GIMP and going to "Help>About" and seeing that under the GIMP title states gimp-painter."

link David REVOY Author, - Reply

@Steven Powers (SMP) : Oh cool if one of my post out-there helped you to install it correctly. Thanks to paste it here too as you did Steven.

I also suggest to Gimp-painter lover to be carrefull with upgrade of the system ; sometimes a Gimp version can overide the version of Gimp-painter ; so it's important to keep an eyes and stop the updates from libgimp / gimp-data and gimp . I used to 'force' version into Synaptic :)

Thanks again to the Mizuno ppa ; a real help in this world.

link kot-barbos   - Reply

I always just copy content folder GPS to /home/kot-barbos/.gimp-2.6 and it works - i have presets and brushes. It is easy and simple. If i use that way, did i lose some features? (help->about says, that I use ordinary Gimp)

link David REVOY Author, - Reply

@kot-barbos : Your path is good ( here I used ~/.gimp-2.6 witch is same as /home/username/.gimp-2.6 ). If your Gimp is a 'normal' gimp ( especially if it's a 2.6 series ) you will miss the mixbrush tool, the G-pen, and flow option on all the other tools. GPS provide also presets for the 2 new tools of Gimp-painter : Mixbrush and Gpen.

to install only Gimp-painter 2.6.10 :
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:mizuno-as/ppa && sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gimp

link kot-barbos   - Reply

Oh my...Now I understand the difference between all of them.

link Greg   - Reply

Salut David,

do you have those brushes for photoshop too? Or is there a way to open them or convert them?

link David REVOY Author, - Reply

@Greg : I guess each brush ( *.gbr and *.gih ) can be open with Gimp as picture , then saved as png or psd , to be reopened as Photoshop image file in the target to create a *.abr bitmap brush mask. But the process seams a bit complicated to convert a full set. And I don't know any *.gbr or *.abr ...

link Gilbert   - Reply

Thanks for this article, now I know that there's Gimp Paint. I am learning to make digital painting but I use Gimp 2.7 program, here's my blog for my paintings, I am a beginner so your comments and suggestions will highly welcome.

link Gilbert   - Reply (not paints)

link David REVOY Author, - Reply

@Gilbert : Hey Gilbert, thx for sharing your URL . Sure you are a beginner and we all started like that. So, it's hard to give a specific advice ; may be keep painting , have fun doing it, and share your work on forum of digital painting ( Cghub , Cgtalk , etc... ) to get feedback from other who learn.
Also, on the tutorial part of my website, you 'll find many videos to study with Gimp ( even if it's old version ).

link Miza   - Reply

When will this be updated for Gimp 2.8? Really want to try it out :/

link David REVOY Author, - Reply

@Miza : Hey Miza, Ramon , main maintainer of G.P.S just emailed me his last pack yesterday about it. I think it will reach soon the GPS website.

link Alejandro Recoba   - Reply

Hey David, just one question. This vertios of GPS works with Gimp 2.8?

link David REVOY Author, - Reply

@Alejandro Recoba : hey, they will partially work ; the brush tip (the shape of brush ) and the pattern ( the textures ) will be loaded in 2.8 as resources. Unfortunately, all the presets will be broken ; the brush engine got a refactor between 2.6 and 2.8 , and the new one is -in my opinion- a mess on the user interface.
That's one of the reason I didn't invested more of my time with trying to work in Gimp.

link Marsha   - Reply

When I first saw the image above, I thought this is about Photoshop, because we can do digital painting in Photoshop. I think GPS is an advanced software of PS. Can any one clarify me about Photoshop and GPS.

link Yorkshire   - Reply

Always a good read, love tech articles that are relevant.

link Glazier   - Reply

Cool post

link Guilherme   - Reply

Olá! Obrigado por disponibilizar estes pincéis. Posso usar eles livremente para uso pessoal e comercial sem precisar de licença?


link David REVOY Author, - Reply

Hi, yes, license of Gimp Paint Studio is GPL v2. You'll get details about it on the archive.

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