Is there an option/configuration in GIMP to have its keyboard shortcuts like Photoshop's?

  • Which operating system? It should be possible with AutoHotkey, if you are using Windows. Also, can you describe the PS keyboard shortcuts you use and what they do?
    – iglvzx
    Dec 28, 2011 at 19:37

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This solution works on Linux, Windows and Mac using the standard GIMP download, no need for GIMPShop. I've used Photoshop for over 15 years and changing the keyboard shortcuts is absolutely essential for my sanity. GIMP is pretty much useless for me without this. Anyone who says that GIMP shouldn't work like Photoshop either hasn't relied on Photoshop in a production environment or is really really good at memorizing completely new keyboard shortcut sets for different applications. Don't fight muscle memory; just replace the shortcuts.

There is a settings file that you can replace with the one from the link below. It's very simple to do. It's not a perfect replacement but it's very close. Most recently tested with GIMP 2.6.12 but any newer versions should still be compatible.


Edit: A more complete alternative is this repository. Aside from updating the shortcuts, it also makes the interface more like Photoshop's.


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    Note that in Windows 7 the save folder for this file is C:\Users\<Your Username>\.gimp-2.8
    – Grinn
    Aug 16, 2012 at 18:03

I've never seen anything to replicate PS shortcuts for GIMP. My recommendation would be to use the real deal. I'd be interested to see that, although I am all about creative suite.

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