Translating from Gimpshop to Photoshop

Updated on: August 5, 2013

Have you ever come across the perfect tutorial for what you’re trying to do in Gimpshop, only to find that the tutorial was written for Photoshop instead? It can be a really frustrating experience. We here at Gimpshop feel that your image editing software shouldn’t slow you down; it should be as easy to use as possible so you can spend more time doing what you set out to do. To that end, here is a Gimpshop to Photoshop dictionary of sorts that should help you translate the commands so you can stop worrying about software and get back to creating.

Photoshop – Gimpshop

The first thing that you should do when you start Gimpshop is navigate to Windows>Single Window Mode. This simple change will make a world of difference in the Gimpshop user interface, more closely approximating the look and feel of Adobe Photoshop.

Blur (R) – Blur/Sharpen (Shift+U)
Note: Ctrl toggles between Blur and Sharpen modes
Brush (B) – Paintbush (P)
Clone Stamp (S) – Clone (C)
Note: Photoshop uses Alt to select the source area, while Gimpshop uses Ctrl.
Crop (C) – Crop (Shift+C)
Dodge (O) – Dodge/Burn (Shift+D)
Note: Ctrl toggles between Dodge and Burn modes
Eraser (E) – Eraser (Shift+E)
Eyedropper (I) – Color Picker (O)
Gradient (G) – Blend (L)
Hand (Spacebar) – Move (M)
Healing Brush (J) – Heal (H)
Note: Photoshop uses Alt to select the source area, while Gimpshop uses Ctrl.
History Brush (H) – No Real Equivalent, Try Clone (C)
Horizontal Type (T) – Text (T)
Magic Wand (W) – Fuzzy Select (U)
Move (V) – Move (M)
Path Selection (A)/Pen (P) – Path (B)
Lasso Tool (L) – Free Select (F)
Rectangle (U) – Rectangle Select (R) + Bucket Fill (Shift+B)
Rectangular Marquee (M) – Rectangle Selection (R)
Slice (K) – Filters>Web>Slice
Zoom (Z) – Zoom (Z)

We’re adding more and more tutorials every day, but we can’t get to everything. Hopefully this Photoshop to Gimpshop dictionary will get you where you need to go.

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