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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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as subject. GIMP version 2.7.1 and Ubuntu 9.10.
Python 2.6.4
The menu don't show up with layerfx.py (only with script-fu version)
Everything's fine with 2.6
Any solution for this? (this plug-in is a must)
Thanks in advance

you have to download the layerfx.py (now it's in the Downloads folder)
2. open the terminal and switch with the command : cd Downloads : into the downloads folder
3. type in : sudo chmod aug+rwx layerfx.py
4. user@username:~/Downloads$ will apear
5. open your filemanager as a root type in terminal : gksudo nautilus : and put the custom data layerfx.py in this folder : /usr/lib/gimp/plug-ins
6. reopen GIMP and that is it !!!

I hope my english is good enough to understand!!! xD

(gimp:4775): LibGimpBase-WARNING **: gimp: gimp_wire_read(): error
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/usr/lib/gimp/2.0/plug-ins/py-slice.py", line 30, in
from gimpfu import *
ImportError: No module named gimpfu

(gimp:4775): LibGimpBase-WARNING **: gimp: gimp_wire_read(): error
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/home/marcoz/.gimp-2.7/plug-ins/layerfx.py", line 23, in
import gimp, gimpplugin, math, re
ImportError: No module named gimp

(gimp:4775): LibGimpBase-WARNING **: gimp: gimp_wire_read(): error

The first error is repeated for lots of functions...

I had the same errors, but followed these instructions, and now the Python version of layerfx works fine in gimp 2.7:

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=9129490

I downloaded the python version to my mac, but I don't see the "layer effects".
I keep getting this message:
Last login: Sat Dec 26 02:16:44 on ttys000
luke-kims-computer:~ lukekim$ cd '/Applications/Gimp.app/Contents/Resources/lib/gimp/2.0/plug-ins/' && '/usr/bin/pythonw' '/Applications/Gimp.app/Contents/Resources/lib/gimp/2.0/plug-ins/layerfx.py' && echo Exit status: $? && exit 1
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/Applications/Gimp.app/Contents/Resources/lib/gimp/2.0/plug-ins/layerfx.py", line 23, in
import gimp, gimpplugin, math, re
ImportError: No module named gimp
luke-kims-computer:plug-ins lukekim$

Can someone help me?

I can't get this to download on my mac. Can anyone give me more concrete steps. I put the Script-Fu in my resources folder of Gimp but it won't open. It looks like a blank box. Any help? Thanks

Just to let you know, I noticed that on my Mac, Layer Effects has moved to Layer -> Layer Effects. It's not in the Filters menu. :D

Did Gimp on Mac support python plugin ?
Do you used successfully other script with the ".py" extension ?

In case there is a different version of the script in Scheme (extension .scm) that will work on every OS

ANy help is appreciated here:

I work with dailly template files that I alter every day. I would like to be able to add a drop shadow to all my text layers once, then simply re-open the file, and 'Reapply Effects' to those layers, and have the drop shadow update to match the new text..

This does not work, once i save/close/reopen a file, GIMP forget that the newly created drop shadow layer below my text is associated with the text layer, and of course, get the standard error message of:

Reapply Effects Warning
Error: No effects found on this layer.

GIMP Warning
Plug-In 'Reapply Effects' left image undo in inconsistent state, closing open undo groups.

The "reapply effects' function only appears to work if have JUST created a Drop shadow.....but does NOT function after you close the file..

Can anyone help me with this issue?
Thanks!!!

Ed

Hey. Love the plugin. Thank you so much.
Been using it for some time now, and I have a suggestion or so.

I bug/problem I noticed with he bevel is: Unless 'merge with layer' is selected, inner bevel blurring goes outside the lines. If the size is greater than 0, then it will bleed into the surroundings.

Also, unless there is a size greater than 0, there are lines in the bevel. Maybe use a faint blur or even 'selective guassian blur' to the bumpmap layer before use?

I'd also like to see a soften/blur option for inner/outer glow.

Another problem I noticed is (at least with outer glow): If an effect is performed on an invisible layer, that layer then becomes visible. I know this seems like a small thing, but sometimes I have to apply an effect to many invisible layers (see end of post).

Again, love the plugin. Here's some stuff I made with it:
http://cheeseenthusiast.deviantart.com/art/Surge-Xion-skin-138554091
http://cheeseenthusiast.deviantart.com/art/Thrine-xion-skin-138971961

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