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In this post I’ll be demonstrating how to download and install the GIMP 2.10 Layer Effects plugin — a third party tool that adds neat features to GIMP, like Bevel and Emboss.
Layer Effects Plugin
The Layer Effects plugin adds a new sub menu to the bottom of the Layers menu in GIMP.
It adds an assortment of features — many of which now come standard in newer versions of GIMP — but the one feature that I really like is the Bevel and Emboss tool. Here’s a tutorial that makes good use of it…
At some point in the past you may have come across a similar GIMP tutorial that utilizes Layer Effects, but when you followed the download link, you were probably greeted with an error page…
I ran into this problem the other day and it was quite frustrating, so I figured I’d make a post sharing my findings after doing a bit of digging around.
As it turns out, I was able to find a Reddit post where someone shared a download link that someone had uploaded to DropBox.
The plugin can be downloaded here: Layer Effects
All credit goes to Jonathan Stipe, the creator of the plugin.
How To Install Layer Effects in GIMP 2.10
For Windows users, to install the Layer Effects plugin in GIMP 2.10, simply grab the layerfx.py file from the .zip folder and place it in the following directory…
Local Disc (C:) > Program Files > GIMP 2 > lib > gimp > 2.0 > plug-ins
Now go ahead and restart GIMP. The Layer Effects sub menu should appear at the bottom of the Layers menu in the toolbar.
For users of other operating systems: unfortunately I can’t say for sure whether or not this will work. I do know that the file needs to be placed in the plug-ins folder, but I can’t say for sure if the pathway is the same.
If you have any questions or run into any problems, please leave a comment below and I’ll see if I can help.
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I was not able to install the Layerfx.py plugin on my Manjaro system, but I was able to install the Layerfx.scm.
I dropped the layerfx.scm in my /home/.config/Gimp/2.10/scripts directory. Restarted gimp and there it was, under Scipt-fu.
The only difference between the .py and .scm version is the preview option. I have installed the .py version on my mac and that’s the only difference between the two versions.
I’m running gimp 2.10.22 on Manjaro and I can confirm that the .scm works. Also, if you don’t have thte .config folder, you can simply create a folder with such name. Just make sure you have “show unhidden files” ticked on your home folder options.
This doesn’t work. I have the Script-Fu in the menu bar, the layerfx.scm file is in the scripts file and the layer layerfx.py file is in the plug-ins folder. I’ve restarted GIMP, but when I follow your instructions to bevel and emboss, it flashes and goes through the motions like it’s going to do something and then turns the text into a layer, but leaves the text entirely normal like it didn’t do anything. I’ve repeated everything and can reproduce the problem each time.
I’m running GIMP 2.10.14.
Does anyone know what I’m doing wrong?
Hello, this script works for GIMP 2.10.18
is this: layerfx.2.8.py.zip
I was able to install the link you provided however whenever I try to change the color of a certain layer it gives me this error:
Plug-in crashed: “layerfx.py”
(C:\Program Files\GIMP 2\lib\gimp\2.0\plug-ins\layerfx.py)
The dying plug-in may have messed up GIMP’s internal state. You may want to save your images and restart GIMP to be on the safe side.
I dunno what to do anymore. Thanks
I’ve problems with 2.10 Layer Effects Plugin. I’ve two different computers, with W10 pro. This plugin worked properly with Gimp 2.10.12 in both machines. Since I upgraded to Gimp 2.10.14, this plugin doesn’t work properly. Stroke abd drop shadow works fine. Instead, bevel and emboss doesn’t work. The filter adds two empty layers, “GIMP-shadow” and “GIMP-highlight”, with no results. I kept the basic settings in the basic menu of bevel and emboss. I tried the file .py and that .scm. I’ve placed any filter in both c:\users… and c:\program files…
Nothing to do though.
Antonio from Italy
The issue is GIMP not having this god damn crucial feature builtin. I can’t even use gimp to edit a simple whatever file i get sent by somebody using proper software withGIMP. Affinity for 50bucks is miles ahead GIMP in 2020…so disappointing and no improvement in sight. I mean, i took em how many years to steal adobes dark color theme?
Thanks Nick for the plug-in link. It’s in my GIMP program. Just started to watch your GIMP tutorials. Good job.
One question tho. When I start my GIMP theres a lot of error messages concerning plug-ins for resynthesizer, Gmic and other stuff. My Gimp has the resynth and GMIC plug -in but the error messages still appear. Do you have any ideas about that? My version is the latest 2.10.12
Hope you can help. Thanks in advance.
For those who can’t install the layer effects plugin .
1) Go here and download the file https://web.archive.org/web/20171022174131/http://gimpscripts.com/download/utilities/layerfx.scm
2) Go to : C:\Program Files\GIMP 2\share\gimp\2.0\scripts\ and paste the file you downloaded . Restart GIMP .
Hope i helped .
Nick, I’m having the same problem with Gimp on Linux. I’ve placed the python file in ~/.config/GIMP/2.10/plug-ins and nothing happens. Then I tried to start gimp with “gimp –verbose –console-messages” and there is nothing in the log regarding my home plugin directory or “layerfx”. Any ideas?
I did some more research and found this info which should help on Linux (I don’t use Windows, so I’m not sure how this would apply):
1: Place the python script into the plug-ins folder in your home directory. I haven’t done any research on putting this in the global plug-ins folder.
2: Make sure the python script is executable: “chmod +x layerfx.py” (see: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/17334993/gimp-python-script-not-showing-in-menu)
3: Make sure that the gimp-python package is installed (ubuntu: “sudo apt-get install gimp-python”) (see: https://gitlab.gnome.org/GNOME/gimp/issues/3314)
Nick: Thank you very much for your work!!
Instead of putting the plug-in inside the Program Files folder, I would highly recommend you rather use %APPDATA%\GIMP\2.10\plug-ins
It is rarely a good idea to put stuff inside a program’s main directory, and most programs will have a folder under %APPDATA% or %LOCALAPPDATA% (or the user’s home directory, for Linux and Mac users) specifically for that purpose. It is not without reason that Windows requires administrator privileges to modify data under the Program FIles folder.
Of course, installing a plug-in should be harmless, but messing with a program’s main directory is a bad habit to get into, so you should avoid it whenever possible.