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This is a series of scripts that implement various layer effects:

  • Drop Shadow
  • Inner Shadow
  • Outer Glow
  • Inner Glow
  • Bevel and Emboss
  • Satin
  • Color Overlay
  • Gradient Overlay
  • Pattern Overlay
  • Stroke

Some effects can have contours (a.k.a. curves) and noise added to them. Effects can either be applied on a separate layer, or be merged into the active layer (which in some cases gives better results).

Tested with GIMP 2.4.2.

Updated 4/12/2012:

  • New Python version now makes use of layer groups. Effect layers will be automatically grouped with the original layer. This requires GIMP 2.7 or later and was tested with 2.8rc1. Older version is provided for compatibility with previous GIMP versions.

Updated 6/9/2009:

  • Stroke now supports gradients and patterns! (Python version only)
  • Better undo handling in the Python version.
  • Various bugfixes.

Updated 11/15/2008:

  • The Python version now has live previewing! With the "Preview" checkbox active, the preview now updates automatically every time you change a setting!
  • New "Reapply Effects" function: Reapplies all effects that have been applied to the current layer. If you change anything on the layer, use this to update all the effects in one go! (Mind you, this only works for effects that were not applied using the "Merge with layer" option.)
  • Various bugfixes.

Updated 09/02/2008:

  • Bugfix in Script-Fu version.

Updated 07/19/2008:

  • You can now scale patterns in pattern overlays. (Python version only.)

Updated 07/08/2008:
This script has now been rewritten as a Python plugin! This adds several new features that weren't possible in Script-Fu!

  • You can now preview effects! Click the "Preview" button to see what it will look like with the currently selected settings.
  • The plugin now records the settings used to make an effect, so now you can reapply it! Run the same effect plugin on the same layer again, and it recovers the previous settings for that layer and shows them in the dialog box. You can then change the settings and apply the effect again, and it will replace the original effect layer! (Note: This will only work if you don't select "Merge with layer". Once an effect has been merged into the layer, it can't be removed or changed.)

Updated 04/21/2008:

  • Bugfix

Updated 03/02/2008:

  • Added grayscale support
  • Bugfixes

How to install (Script-Fu version):

  1. Right-click on the link below that says "layerfx.scm". A pop-up menu should appear. Click "Save Target As..." or "Save Link As..." or whatever the equivalent option in your browser is.
  2. Save the file "layerfx.scm" in your scripts folder. If you're not sure where your scripts folder is, you can check by opening GIMP and going to <Toolbox>/File/Preferences -> Folders -> Scripts. If more than one folder is shown, then any one of them will work.
  3. Once you have saved the file in your scripts folder, if you are already running GIMP, either click <Toolbox>/Xtns/Script-Fu/Refresh Scripts, or just close and reopen GIMP.
  4. If you have done this correctly, the scripts will appear in the menu under <Image>/Script-Fu/Layer Effects. If this menu is not there, try clicking <Toolbox>/Xtns/Script-Fu/Refresh Scripts. If it's still not there, make sure the file is in your scripts folder and that the filename ends with ".scm", not ".txt" or ".scm.txt" or something.

How to install (Python version):

  1. Right-click on the link below that says "layerfx.py". A pop-up menu should appear. Click "Save Target As..." or "Save Link As..." or whatever the equivalent option in your browser is.
  2. Save the file "layerfx.py" in your plug-ins folder. If you're not sure where your plug-ins folder is, you can check by opening GIMP and going to <Toolbox>/File/Preferences -> Folders -> Plug-Ins. If more than one folder is shown, then any one of them will work.
  3. If you're on a UNIX system, make sure layerfx.py is executable by typing this in the shell:
    chmod +x layerfx.py
    On other operating systems, you might have to do something else to make it executable.
  4. Once you have saved the file in your plug-ins folder, if you are already running GIMP, close and reopen it.
  5. If you have done this correctly, the scripts will appear in the menu under <Image>/Layer/Layer Effects, and <Layers>/Layer Effects. If these menus are not there, close and reopen GIMP. If they're still not there, make sure the file is in your plug-ins folder, that it is executable, that you have Python support installed, and that the filename ends with ".py", not ".txt" or ".py.txt" or something.
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I can't reproduce the problem on my computer. It works fine for me, so I have no idea what's going on with yours. Try upgrading to 2.4.7. See if that helps. If not, try the Python version.

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so, i just tried it and noticed that he sends you right here haha. but, anyway, i was messing with it and found out you need to have your image, open the layers dialog, and make a new layer filled with transparency. now select the original layer that you want shadowed and get your inner shadow. if i'm grong, notify me and i'll try to help.

hi, l dont have any of those so l just replied. hope its not problem? but, anyway, i asked this on the Gimp group in flickr and this is what i got: http://www.flickr.com/groups/gimpusers/discuss/72157607210511603/ elsamuko's post suggestion is really good, and i think it's what l've been looking for. I can't try it at the moment, unfortunately. but i'll try it as soon as i can and post how good it works. thank you! (:

There is a bug/typo in the pattern overlay where it used the context pattern, not the selected pattern. ...OK on line 1177 of the layerfx.scm file: (gimp-context-set-pattern origpattern) should be (gimp-context-set-pattern pattern) -Rob A>

Fixed.

I would like to thank you so very, very much for this plug-in. I utilize the layer effects a lot in Photoshop and it was one of the features that I missed in GIMP, which I am just learning. I really appreciate the work you did on this. You've made my GIMP experience that much better. Wolfepaw

Hey Jon, this is great! Awesome works at all! Thanks.

Hi, I've installed the script and I'm running Gimp 2.4.5 - I restarted it, and see it in the options, however no matter what I do the options in the sub menu ('Add border" et al) stays greyed out. What am I doing wrong? I've tried creating a new layer, adding test to that but still no joy. I'm still a very very new user of the product and find it amasing! Keep up the fantastic work and thanks

I have the same exact problem as yours, and somehow changing the image mode doesn't make a bit of difference. Did ever figure out how mend this problem?

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