Photoshop actions with GIMP# part 2June 7, 2006 at 11:20 am | Posted in GIMP | 22 Comments
I started writing a GIMP# plug-in that can read and play Photoshop action files. The fileformat is quite easy to reengineer, using the Photoshop 6.0 documentation and a trial version of Photoshop.
Lots of actions map on a GIMP equivalent. I downloaded about 100 action files and created a top 25 of most often used functions. At the top are functions like Brightness/Contrast, Set Selection, Gaussian Blur, etc. etc. The first function without a direct GIMP equivalent is the Chrome filter.
The current status of this new plug-in: it can succesfully parse the top 25. Next step is to implement the execution in GIMP of these actions. This is pretty straightforward. As soon as this is finished we can play a small percentage of all Photoshop actions that are out there, maybe 5 %. Finally I will start implementing actions untill we reach about 10 % when we release GIMP# 0.9. Future versions of GIMP# will of course slowly increase this percentage and hopefully we can get to somewhere between 80 and 90 %. That would make thousands of Photoshop actions available to GIMP.