Gimp plug-ins can either be installed into the user directory or into the program's installation folder. Putting the files in the user directory would mean that they are only available to that individual user whereas installing into the program’s installation folder the plug-ins would mean that they are available to all users. Installing into the user directory folder also makes it easier to manage and identify plug-ins that have been installed by the user rather than plug-ins that are distributed with Gimp.
To install the plug-in into the user directory folder follow the instructions below. To install into the program’s installation folder in step 3 set the destination folder to the gimp 2 installation folder. The default location for this is noted below.
C:\Program Files\GIMP 2
If Gimp 2.8 wasn’t installed in the default location this will need to be adjusted.
Step 1 – Download the file
Step 2 – Extract the files
Step 3 – Run the installer
And inside the scripts folder are a couple of script files that we will need to place in the Gimp 2.8 scripts folder.
Step 4 – Manually place files in the plug-in folder
As said in the previous step the plug-in files need to be placed inside the Gimp 2.8 plug-ins folder. So where is this located? If you navigate to:
With ‘yourusername’ replaced with your actual username e.g. C:\Users\Andrew
You will see that amongst the other files are two folders relating to Gimp, .gimp-2.6 and .gimp-2.8. The one that we are concerned with is of course the 2.8 folder. It can be located here:
Step 5 – Installing the other animation scripts/plug-ins (optional)
Along with the GAP plug-in photocomix has also included some extra animation scripts and plug-ins as well as some documentation and tutorials. These are not part of GAP but can be useful when animating using Gimp.
In the original extracted file are the folders, EXTRA_ANIMATION_SCRIPTS, EXTRA-AUDIO-support and EXTRA-plugin-Animated_Cursor. The EXTRA_ANIMATION_SCRIPTS can be installed by copying the contents to the user directory in the same way as we did with the GAP scripts.
The EXTRA-plugin-Animated_Cursor can be installed by copying the contents to the user directory in the same way as we did with the GAP plugins.
To install the EXTRA-AUDIO-support you will need to navigate to
C:\Program Files\GIMP 2\bin
And paste the files there.