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Alex Harford: Writing Your Own Gimp_Perl Scripts

Apr 15, 2001, 23:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The Gimp comes with an extremely powerful scripting system. The original scripting method was called Script-Fu. Script-Fu is based on SIOD, Scheme In One Defun, similar to the LISP language. Marc Lehmann and others have done an excellent job adding Perl bindings to Gimp 1.2. These scripting methods are more advanced than anything that Adobe Photoshop has. The only thing that is similar to scripting in Photoshop is macro recording. Learning how to use Gimp_Perl is an excellent idea because it will save you a lot of time doing menial, repetative tasks. As a web designer this system is very useful because it allows you to create a theme to design all of your icons and headers quickly."

"Once you have become familiar with the basics of Perl, you can move on to creating Perl scripts for the Gimp. This section will outline the creation of a fairly simple script, incidentally, the one I used to create the logos on my homepage. Gimp_Perl is perfect for this."

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