If you have recently updated to GIMP 2.10.0, you will have immediately noticed that the interface has drastically changed and is now much more like Photoshop, even the tool icons have changed. Thankfully if you don’t like the new layout and icon styles, it’s still possible to change back to GIMPS old interface and icons, yet still maintain all the other aspects of the update. So follow along as this article shows you how to make the change.
GIMP is the most popular free Photoshop alternative available, allowing you to edit and customize your photos and artworks works with ease for free. Although GIMP is a very powerful tool, especially when accompanied by plugins and add-ons, it has been a long time since it received a major update. Thankfully the wait is now over with GIMP 2.10.0 finally available for download.
Depending on your personal preference and taste, the updated GIMP 2.10.0 interface and icons may not be to your liking, taking on a very Photoshop CS6 look. The good news is that although the default interface has changed, you can still revert back to the old look without much trouble. Below you will find out how to change GIMPS interface back to the old one as well as the tool icons.
How Do You Change the GIMP Interface Back to the Old Style? (Classic GIMP Interface)
To begin, open GIMP into the main window, click Edit, then select Preferences from the list of options.
Next scroll down and select Theme, which can be found underneath the Interface heading. For the final step choose System, which will change GIMP back to the original color scheme.
Alternatively, you can use any of the other theme options available, if one of them peaks your interest. Once you have chosen, click Ok and your selection will take effect.
How Do You Change the GIMP Toolbar Icons Back to the Old Style? (Classic GIMP Icons & Icon Layout)
Again open GIMP into the main window, click Edit, then select Preferences from the list of options. Next scroll down and select Icon Theme, which can be found underneath the Interface heading. Now for the final step choose Legacy to change the GIMP toolbar and icons back to the original color scheme and layout.
Alternatively, you can use any of the other icon theme options available, if one of them peaks your interest. Once you have chosen, click Ok and your selection will take effect.
Although change is often hard to get used to, it’s always good to embrace it whenever possible. A little hardship to start is often worth the long-term benefits, especially when it comes to software and technology. You don’t want to get left behind in this fast-moving space.
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