Photoshop actions with GIMP#

May 28, 2006 at 1:56 pm | Posted in GIMP | 4 Comments

I have been playing with the thought of support for Photoshop actions in GIMP#. There are however several hurdles:

    • Adobe stopt documenting their fileformats after Photoshop 6.0. The good news is that since then the format of the action files hasn't changed (much). The bad thing is that lots of new functions have been introduced. This will require some serious reengineering.
    • It's not always a one on one mapping of functionality. Filters like "Gaussian blur" are available in both Photoshop and GIMP. There are however lots of other filters that don't have an equivalent. When we are lucky we might be able to map some filters to one or more other filters. For example the GIMPressionist plug-in might be able to emulate several Photoshop plug-ins.
    • Even if the plug-ins are similar, there might for example be a difference in the range of the parameters.
    • Probaby more to come…

      So in theory this should be possible for a subset of all Photoshop actions. This would add a lot of cool stuff to GIMP and it would certainly help to make the transition from Photoshop to GIMP even easier.


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      1. I dont think it’s necessary for it to read PS format. Right now, we’ll just be happy enough to have some kind of ‘GIMP action’ that can record our work.

      2. Of course it would be great if GIMP had a facility to record and play actions. However this is not going to happen within the next one or two years.

        Main reason for supporting PS actions is that it will make it easier for some users to migrate to GIMP. The second reason is that there are lots and lots of nice PS actions out there.

      3. Yes I know, I’m used to be a PS user for several years before migrating to GIMP.
        Best of luck with your work 😉

      4. Great post….At last some solid information.
        Really looking forward to more articles from you….

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