How to Add Photoshop Plug-ins to GIMP

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Adding plug-ins to GIMP


Those who use GIMP on Windows now can add AKVIS plugins.

We will show you how to do it:


How to make the plugins work in GIMP

  • Step 1. Download the Photoshop filter plugin (pspi) for GIMP here.

    Open the archive "" and copy the plugin filter (pspi.exe) to the GIMP plugin directory:

    C:\Program Files\GIMP 2\lib\gimp\2.0\plug-ins

  • Step 2. Download and install AKVIS plugins you want to use. Don't worry that GIMP is not recognized by the setup files.
  • Step 3. Open GIMP and select Photoshop Plug-in settings in the menu Filters.

    A new window will pop up:

    Photoshop Plug-in settings in GIMP

    Click on the first folder ("1"). The button in the middle of the window will be highlighted in red.

    Click on the last folder ("2") and find the folder with AKVIS plugins (C:\Program Files (x86)\AKVIS).

    Hint: You can copy all necessary plugins (.8bf files) to a separate folder and add only this folder to GIMP.

    Press "OK".

  • Step 4. After re-opening GIMP, you will find the newly installed AKVIS plugins in the menu Filters. They will become active when you open any picture.
    AKVIS plug-ins in GIMP


Bear in mind that not all AKVIS plug-ins are fully compatible with GIMP which works with selection in other way than Photoshop.
Please check the table of compatibility of AKVIS plug-ins.

Tips and Tricks Tips and Tricks
Add AKVIS Plugins to Image Editors Add AKVIS Plugins to Image Editors
   — AliveColors, Win & Mac 64 bit — AliveColors, Win & Mac 64 bit
   — Adobe Photoshop, Win 32 bit — Adobe Photoshop, Win 32 bit
   — Adobe Photoshop, Win 64 bit — Adobe Photoshop, Win 64 bit
   — Adobe Photoshop Elements, Win 64 bit — Adobe Photoshop Elements, Win 64 bit
   — Corel PaintShop Pro — Corel PaintShop Pro
   — Corel Painter 64 bit — Corel Painter 64 bit
   — Corel PhotoImpact — Corel PhotoImpact
   — Xara Xtreme 3.2 — Xara Xtreme 3.2
   — Xara Xtreme Pro: Live Effects — Xara Xtreme Pro: Live Effects
   — GIMP — GIMP
   — Lightroom (as an external editor) — Lightroom (as an external editor)
Selection tools Selection tools
   — Adobe Photoshop — Adobe Photoshop
   — Photoshop Elements — Photoshop Elements
   — Corel (Jasc) Paint Shop Pro — Corel (Jasc) Paint Shop Pro
   — Corel Photo-Paint — Corel Photo-Paint
Transformation of Objects Transformation of Objects
   — Adobe Photoshop — Adobe Photoshop
   — Photoshop Elements — Photoshop Elements
   — Paint Shop Pro — Paint Shop Pro
Image Rotation and Flipping Image Rotation and Flipping
   — Adobe Photoshop — Adobe Photoshop
   — Photoshop Elements — Photoshop Elements
   — Paint Shop Pro — Paint Shop Pro
   — Corel Photo-Paint  — Corel Photo-Paint
Change Image Size  Change Image Size
   — Adobe Photoshop — Adobe Photoshop
   — Photoshop Elements — Photoshop Elements
   — Paint Shop Pro — Paint Shop Pro
   — Corel Photo-Paint — Corel Photo-Paint



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