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Glossy Stroke 3D

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This python plug-in strokes or fills the current selection and creates a 3D glossy effect with a dropped shadow. The color, brush, lighting, and shadow are adjustable through the initial dialog. Use the Filters/Light and Shadow/GlossyStroke 3D menu.

Note: Depending on the color, adjusting the opacity of the "volume" layers can give better results.

It is my first GIMP plugin, so any comment, criticism or improvement is appreciated. The 3D effect parameter could certainly be improved.

12/16/10 - Version 1.2.0
- The light direction is now opposite to the shadow.
- Make the light and shadow colors selectable.
- Make the light height adjustable.
12/15/10 - Version 1.1.0
- Add the option to stroke or fill the selection.
12/15/10 - Version 1.0.0:
- Initial release.

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I love this plug-in and would love to be able to swap lighting and highlights to be either left or right facing. Is it possible to add this option to the plug-in? TIA.

Hi! I'm new to python plug-ins. Where do I put this file after downloading as this is a .txt file? Appreciate your assistance.

Files with .py extensions go in the .gimp-2.6/plug-ins folder. Depending on what operating system you are using:

Win 7 and Vista = C:\Users\Username\.gimp-2.6\plug-ins

This requires Python being installed and recognized by your GIMP installation. Read more here:

I clicked on the file and it leads me to all texts, what am I suppose to do?

Save it in your UserFolder/.gimp-2.6/plug-ins directory as a PY extension.
In other words remove the .txt part of the file name.

After you have placed the plugin in the plug-ins folder -
Restart Gimp
You will find it under Filters>Light and Shadow>Glossy Stroke 3-D


Sorry, did as you suggested i.e. changed extension to .py and placed in C:\Users\Username\.gimp-2.6\plug-ins but still appearing as text file and not as python file. I am using Win 7.

Update: Ok. It's appearing under Filters. Now, to play around with it. Thanks.

Very nice plugin.

You might want to add the ability to soften (blur) the 3D effect. Also, if selection lines intersect one another, it will create transparent areas in the stroke or fill. Is there a way to offset this? It occurs with both stroke and fill. (Similar to two compound paths overlapping creating a transparency ). Otherwise a great plug-in, kelk1! Thanks.

Just finished playing with it. Do like the result. Thanks. :)

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