Monday, July 18, 2011

GIMP: How to Install 2.7 in Ubuntu 11.04 + Windows

 Open Source programs can be somewhat hard to find with disconnects between the various communities. Finding links to GIMP 2.7 is no exception. Fortunately I have been able to find the commands to install it on Ubuntu 11.04, which should work for other versions, and links to various Windows versions including portables.  In windows I have been able to install Gimp-Painter 2.6.11 a long side 2.7.3.  In Ubuntu I had to choose between the two.  The main feature that I really like in 2.7 over 2.6 is Brush Editor. It is quite similar to Photoshop. So if you are like me and are migrating from Photoshop you'll like 2.7.

Installation for Ubuntu 11.04:
First off we will be copying and pasting the lines below in a terminal window one at a time.
  1. Maker sure that GIMP is not already installed,  If so uninstall it.
  2. Copy and Paste 
    1. sudo add-apt-repository ppa:matthaeus123/mrw-gimp-svn
    2. sudo apt-get update
    3. sudo apt-get install gimp
  3. Follow the instructions on the screen such as entering your password etc.
  4. Verify that GIMP is installed by going to Applications>Graphics.  You should see that GIMP has been installed.  Run GIMP and see what version is stated by going to Help>About.
  5. The last thing to add is the Resynthesize Plug-in which can be found in the Ubuntu Software Center.  Just search for the plug-in by name.  It won't come up under GIMP.
I want to thank the author of Open Source Artist for posting the the above lines.  Since I am not a programmer, I rely heavily on those who make my world so much simpler.

Installation for Windows:
 UPDATE- 9/9/11: I had issues with saving to the OpenRaster extension (.ora) and had to go back and forth between 2.7.3 and 2.6.11 (stable version).  I went and backed up my .gimp 2.7.3 folder and uninstalled Gimp 2.7.3 with RevoUninstaller.  Then I reinstalled it with the version I downloaded from HERE.  I verified that it worked by exporting as an .ora file.  Then I copied my themes and brushes into the new folder.  Not sure what happened, but it is an experimental version.

The steps for windows is much easier than Linux as long as you have the links. I was happy to find GIMP Musings at Partha's  There they have a list of various versions,plugin packages and straight forward instructions.  Install the correct package with the correct version (they are listed together.)  I personally installed the 64bit version with it's plugin package.  If you have any issues, please leave a comment and I will see what I can do to rectify them.

I hope this helps, Steve

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