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GIMP Scripts "Mad Lib" Style by fence-post GIMP Scripts "Mad Lib" Style by fence-post
Does GIMP scripting interest you, but scare you to death at the same time? Well, if it does, this tutorial is for you! In this tutorial, I show you a simple, but fun way to script. I call it "Mad Libs" style because, just like the Mad Libs game, you fill in the appropriate blanks and, instead of funny story at the end, you get a fully-functional script that works just the way you want it to. No scripting knowledge is required. In fact, I show you line-by-line what to change.

The script we create allows you to change many of GIMP's defaults with a single click. The defaults include changing the foreground/background colors, the font, the brush, the pattern, and gradient. So, if you have a favorite setup you like to use for sig making, you can get to it with the click of a button. If you have a favorite setup you like for your larger pieces, you can set one up for that. If you just want to easily get all the "Normal" defaults back with the click of a button, set one up for that too. You can have as many as you want.

Click on the Download link to the left to download a zip file. In the zip file you will see an html file, an Images folder, and the template script (MyDefaults.scm). Copy and paste (or drag and drop) all of the zip file contents to the same location on your harddrive. Then, double-click the html file to open the tutorial. The Image folder contains all of the images for the tutorial. As long as the images folder and html file are in the same location, you'll be able to see the images in your web browser.

Have fun "Mad Lib" Scripting.

Let me know if you have any questions or run into any snags.

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OkojoUchiha Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
I know this is offtopic... but. The pattern you used in the back of the GIMP icon. Is it downloadable? Or atleast, what is it called?
akkadia2 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
does anybody know how to get python-fu working on a mac. They seem to be in the right place (plug-ins folder) but do not appear in GIMP. Is there anyone there who can help me. I am using Mac OS X 10.6.8 and GIMP 2.6.11
CryingWolfe Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i think for mac it calls leopard..
rjcommando Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Student General Artist
ive got a question

for the "MyDefaults.scm" file, what do you use to open it? (first time doing this and i dont recognize the extension XD)
TastesLikePurple Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010
I'm going to give it a shot. A million thank you's for this excelllent resource.
Hopelessly-Me Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
Do you know hoe to change the font?
fence-post Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009
There should be a section in the tutorial that describes how to do that. I believe I used Scriptina as an example.
IslandXer1 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008
Ohhhh .. Thank You !
Jniffer Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2008
oh yay! does this show how to save the scripts? :D.

thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
fence-post Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008
It does show you how to save the scripts (which I assume is what you were referring to in my journal?). Hopefully, you'll be able to understand it. Let me know if you have any questions.

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