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Super-Charge GIMP’s Image Editing Capabilities with G’MIC [Cross-Platform]

Recently we showed you how to enhance GIMP’s image editing power and today we help you super-charge GIMP even more. G’MIC (GREYC’s Magic Image Converter) will add an impressive array of filters and effects to your GIMP installation for image editing goodness.

Note: We applied the Contrast Swiss Mask filter to the image shown in the screenshot above to create a nice, warm sunset effect.

To add the new PPA open the Ubuntu Software Center, go to the Edit Menu, and select Software Sources. Access the Other Software Tab in the Software Sources Window and add the first of the PPAs shown below (outlined in red). The second PPA will be automatically added to your system.

Once you have the new PPAs set up, go back to the Ubuntu Software Center and do a search for “G’MIC”. You will find two listings available and can select either one to add G’MIC to your system (both work equally well).

Click on More Info for the listing that you choose and scroll down to where Add-ons are listed. Make sure to select the Add-on listed, click Apply Changes when it appears, and then click Install.

We have both shown here for your convenience…

When you get ready to use G’MIC to enhance an image, go to the Filters Menu and select G’MIC.

A new window will appear where you can select from an impressive array of filters available for your use. Have fun!

Command Line Installation

For those of you who prefer using the command line for installation use the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ferramroberto/gimp
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gmic gimp-gmic


Note: G’MIC is available for Linux, Windows, and Mac.

G’MIC PPA at Launchpad [via Web Upd8]

G’MIC Homepage at Sourceforge *Downloads for all three platforms available here.


The anime wallpaper shown in the screenshots above can be found here:

anime sport [DesktopNexus]

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 03/3/11

Comments (19)

  1. javabean

    this article must have been written by the writer AsianAngel…… the reason i say this is because it includes linux and anime/manga…… i hope i am right because i will say this now openly

    Thank You AsianAngel for continueing to show love to Otaku Linux users

    love from javabean

  2. ALCvA

    Please include some steps on how to install this on Windows 7. I have the download but no idea how to proceed further and the website is of no help.

  3. javabean

    the solution is probably to “un-zip” it into the gimp plugins folder….. i believe that to be the case do to everyone calling it a “plugin” and it being in the “plugin-registry” from gimp (……C:Users($USER_NAME).gimp-2.6plug-ins is mentioned in that link

  4. AsianAngel

    @javabean – Great find on the link and thank you so very much for taking the time to help ALCvA. ^_^

  5. AsianAngel

    @ALCvA – javabean pulled up a great reference link and digging through it there are two places that you can add the unzipped contents of the downloaded file to:

    C:Program FilesGIMP-2.0libgimp2.0plug-ins & C:UsersUSER NAME.gimp-2.6plug-ins.

    If you look down towards the bottom of the available files list there is also an exe file version that should work to install G’MIC for you too. ^_^

  6. AsianAngel

    @javabean – Yes, I did write the article, so good call based on content. ^_^ And the same author bio boxes that you see on the main site for each article should be here on ETC soon. ^_^ Anime fans have to stick together. ~_^

  7. ALCvA

    Many many thanks. I downloaded the exe file version and it installed automatically. I’m beginning to like Gimp after Photoshop and only yesterday installed the Gimp paint studio collection, and there are obviously more such collections.

  8. AsianAngel

    @ALCvA – You are very welcome and I am SO glad to hear that you got it installed so easily. ^_^ Combining this and Gimp Paint Studio makes GIMP a regular little(?) powerhouse. ^_^

    As I find more of these collections you can bet that I will certainly be featuring them here too! ^_^

  9. JZA

    I use mandriva, any RPM?

  10. Andrew

    Thanks for reading WebUpd8, AsianAngel! :)

  11. AsianAngel

    @JZA – No, there are no RPMs available but there are 32 and 64 zip files containing the G’MIC files for Linux systems that can be downloaded. ^_^

  12. AsianAngel

    @Andrew – ^_^

  13. Kevalin

    Sweet, sweet, sweet! Another excellent product to make GIMP even more awesome. Thanks for the heads-up, AsianAngel; your name is also an excellent description of your value to the readers of HTG! :-)

  14. HBN

    I downloaded from Sourceforge link, above. Since it is labeled “win32”, it begs the question about “win64” platforms. In addition to a WinXP-32 system, I have a Win7-64 system. Is GMIC available for a Win7-64 system? Thanks!

  15. AsianAngel

    @HBN – It would appear that they have not put together a version for Windows 64-bit systems yet after doing some looking around at both Sourceforge homepages. I unzipped the 32 bit package but it does contain 4 distinct exe files, so there may (or may not) be compatibility problems if tried on a 64-bit system. :(

    The only suggestion that I can offer at this time is to contact the developers to see if they have plans to make a 64-bit version for Windows or if the 32-bit would be fully compatible.

  16. AsianAngel

    @Kevalin – You are very welcome for the “heads-up” on this. ^_^ And I will certainly do my best to keep finding this kind of awesomeness to share with everyone here. ^_^

  17. DM|ZE

    Nice intro… now how about a more detailed look into what it can do? Maybe a series of articles for that as I think one article would be insanely long.

  18. raith

    there’s also gimp painter and gimp animation package.

  19. AsianAngel

    @raith – Thanks for sharing! ^_^

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