We will not try to describe every script in depth. Most Script-Fus are
very easy to understand and use. At the time of this writing, the
following types are installed by default:
Web page themes
You will find all kinds of pattern-generating scripts here.
Generally, they are quite useful because you can add many
arguments to your own patterns.
We'll take a look at the Land script. In this script you have to
set the image/pattern size, and specify what levels of random to
use for your land creation. The colors used to generate the land
map are taken from the currently selected gradient in the gradient
editor. You must also supply values for the level of detail, land
and sea height/depth and the scale. Scale refers to the scale of
your map, just as in an ordinary road map, 1:10 will be typed as
Web Page Themes
Here is clearly a practical use for scripts. By creating a script
for making custom text, logos, buttons arrows, etc., for your web
site, you will give them all the same style and shape. You will
also be saving a lot of time, because you don't have to create
every logo, text or button by hand.
You will find the GIMP.org theme under the Web page theme submenu.
If you want to create your own theme, this script will serve as an
excellent template that you can modify to create a theme for your
Most of the scripts are quite self-explanatory, but here are some
Leave all strange characters like ' and " intact.
Make sure that the pattern specified in the script exists.
Padding refers to the amount of space around your text.
A high value for bevel width gives the illusion of a higher
If you type TRUE for "Press", the button will look pushed
Choose transparency if you don't want a solid background. If
you choose a solid background, make sure it is the same color
as the web page background.
Here you will find all kinds of logo-generating scripts. This is
nice, but use it with care, as people might recognize your logo as
being made by a known GIMP script. You should rather regard it as
a base that you can modify to fit your needs. The dialog for
making a logo is more or less the same for all such scripts:
In the Text String field, type your logo name, like
In the Font Size text field, type the size of your logo in
In the Font text field, type the name of the font that you
want to use for your logo.
To choose the color of your logo, just click on the color
button. This brings up a color dialog.
If you look at the current command field, you can watch the
Under this headline you'll find a script that makes beveled
buttons. The script has a dozen parameters or so, and most of them
are similar to those in the logo scripts. You can experiment with
different settings to come up with a button you like.
Under Utils you will find a small but nice script: the Fontmap
script, which makes an image of your fonts. You will have to type
the names of the fonts you want displayed in the Fonts text field.
The Custom gradient script creates an image of the current custom
gradient in the gradient editor. This can be useful if you want to
pick colors from a gradient as in a palette.
Under Misc. you'll find scripts that can be quite useful, but
aren't suitable for the other submenus. An example is the Sphere
script. You will have to set the radius in pixels to determine the
sphere size. The lighting angle is where at the sphere you point
the spotlight. This value also has an impact on the sphere shadow.
If you don't want a shadow, you just have remove the tick
on the "shadow" checkbox. The last thing you have to select is
background color, and the color of your sphere.
This script lets you make your own custom rectangular/circular
brushes, with or without feathered (blurred) edges. The script
will automatically store your brush in your personal brush
directory. You just have to press refresh in the Brush Selection
dialog to use your newly created brush.