How to Modify GIMP to Look Like Photoshop Using PhotoGIMP

Modify GIMP to Look Like Photoshop Using PhotoGIMP - GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is an alternative application from Photoshop that you can install on GNU/Linux. GIMP is very popular among GNU/Linux users because it has many features that can be used for photo editing purposes.

But the GIMP layout is very different from Photoshop, this causes users who have just migrated from Photoshop to confusion because the layout and shortcut functions contained in Photoshop can not be used in GIMP.

To make it easier for Photoshop users to switch to GIMP, Diolinux created and introduced a tool that can change the appearance of the GIMP layout to look like photoshop.

PhotoGIMP : A Tool That Can Make GIMP Look Like Photoshop

PhotoGIMP is not a graphic design application, but it is only a patch for GIMP version 2.10. So make sure you have installed GIMP on your Linux.

Here are some of the features that PhotoGIMP brings :
  • An organization tool to mimic the position of Adobe's Photoshop
  • Comes with Hundreds of new fonts by default
  • New Python filters installed by default, such as "heal selection"
  • New Splash Screen
  • New default settings to maximize space on the canvas
  • Add keyboard shortcuts that are similar to Adobe Photoshop
  • New icon and Name from custom .desktop file
  • The new default language is English (you can still change in the Settings if you want)

Install PhotoGIMP on Linux to Modify GIMP to Look Like Photoshop

Make sure you have installed the latest version of GIMP, which is GIMP 2.10. You can install it using flatpak with the following command :
$ sudo flatpak install flathub org.gimp.GIMP
Or with this command : 
$ sudo flatpak install
If you have finished installing GIMP, then please download PhotoGIMP using git clone with the following command :
$ git clone
$ cd PhotoGIMP/
Inside the PhotoGIMP folder, there are 3 hidden folders that begin with the dots in front of the folder name, you can display it with the ls -a command.

Those three folders are :
  • .icons (which has a new PhotoGIMP icon)
  • .local (which contains the personalized .desktop file)
  • .var (which contains the flatpak patch customization for GIMP 2.10+)
You must move these three folders to the $HOME directory with the following command :
$ mv -r .local .icons .var $HOME/
Then please open GIMP through the application menu, then the result GIMP layout will look like photoshop like this.

How to Modify GIMP to Look Like Photoshop Using PhotoGIMP
As you can see in the screenshot above, the GIMP layout now looks similar to Photoshop, starting with the toolbar layout on the left, layers, and menu bar. Now we can use GIMP more easily like using Photoshop.

That's all tutorial for this time, I hope this tutorial can be useful for you, thanks.

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