Installation of GIMP

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GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

This process will Install GIMP, the DDS Plugin for exporting DDS texture files, and the Normal Map Plugin for generating normal maps.


Download GIMP, the DDS Plugin, Normal Map Plugin (plugins is made for 2.8.x, but works for 2.10.x)

Install GIMP

  1. Run the GIMP installer and go through the installation steps (default settings are fine).

Install plugins

Copy the following files to C:\Program Files\GIMP 2\lib\gimp\2.0\plug-ins\

  • dds.exe
  • normalmap.exe

Copy the following files to C:\Program Files\GIMP 2\bin\

  • glew32.dll
  • libgdkglext-win32-1.0-0.dll
  • libgtkglext-win32-1.0-0.dll

Using the plugins

To convert to normal map, go to Filters->Map->NormalMap...

To export as DDS, go to File->Export... and in the window that pops up click "Select File Type" and find DDS.