Gimp Custom Toolbox Icons

I used Photoshop for years before going exclusively Linux some ten years ago. It didn’t take long for me to forget all about Photoshop. I can do everything in Gimp that I did in Photoshop, certainly. Yet you hear talk of making Gimp more like Photoshop for new Linux Users. I can understand that, but I say “let Gimp be Gimp!”

There are all kinds of articles out there on how to make Gimp look more like Photoshop if that’s your fancy. In this post we’re going to describe how to change the Gimp Toolbox Icons which may or may not make it look more like Photoshop.

Starting with the Legacy Icon Set

Gimp already gives you a number of Toolbox Icon Set options as you see below in the Preferences. I always used the Legacy Icon Set. Maybe because it looked most like Photoshop. Ha-ha.

So your Legacy Toolbox would look like this:

It’s been about 10 years since I used Photoshop, but if I remember correctly the Photoshop Toolbox Icons were monochrome. Even if my memory is incorrect, I like MonoChrome Toolbox Icons so I created a new MonoChrome Icon Set based on the Legacy Icons. It looks like this:

I named the Icon Set “MonoLegacy” and started by copying the “Legacy” Icon Set to a new folder in /usr/share/gimp/2.0/icons as Root User. So I could modify the icons I did a recursive bash chown command on my new /usr/share/gimp/2.0/icons/MonoLegacy folder.

Next I went to the 22×22/tools folder and started editing the PNG files in…wait for it…Gimp!

For a couple of the icons, no image was available in 22×22/tools, but I found the inherited SVG files in the hicolor Icon Set folder.

Whether or not you want to make your Gimp UI look more like Photoshop, the fact that you can so easily modify the UI of Gimp as we’ve demonstrated here is quite cool.