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Script-Fu and Code Samples

Recently, I began to examine Script-Fu code within GIMP because I wanted to reduce repeated, manual steps in my workflow process.  I am aware that I do way too many steps manually, and doing so up to this point has helped me understand the mechanics of what I wanted to accomplish.  However, the time I can save moving forward exponentially increases when scripting can handle a majority of the tasks I OVER-perform manually.

I am a .Net programmer by trade, so the hardest part for me was to try to understand *how to understand* the syntax of Script-Fu, which is written in TinyScheme.  In addition, not having an interactive debugger at my disposal really made it hard to get started.  Thankfully there are a few decent tutorials at YouTube that gave me a great understanding of how to get started with scripting in GIMP.   The most helpful is a 4-part series that begins here.

Most web searches you make will end up pointing you to the registry for GIMP plug-ins, which is a great resource for both scripts (TinyScheme and Python) and plug-ins.  The problem is with the registry is that some code is documented great, while other code is just posted with a “It worked for me – – you figure it out if you want” mentality.  There are some great, regular contributors you can use to piece together your own scripts.  Coming from a coder, please respect other authors’ wishes in scripts by following their usage guidelines for the code that they post in the headings of their scripts.  I don’t have any experience interacting on the forums, so I can’t be of any help there.

To use scripts in GIMP, please refer to the many sites that give you detailed instructions.  There’s no need for me to re-post what many others have already taken time and effort to do.

Keep an eye out on this site for well-documented and simple scripts that illustrate focused functions.  My biggest frustration as a coder is not being able to find small, focused script samples that show me how to do something useful right out of the box with TinyScheme and GIMP.  Once you understand how to write small, functional code, you can build on it to write more compound code that performs more steps, integrates looping and/or decision-making and can automate a large grouping of commands into a useful process.

If you know of any decent TinyScheme/GIMP scripting resources, please comment below.