Work in progress on windows layouts

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Problem statement

We've been carrying more or less the same default layout of GIMP's main window for well over a decade. However, we now ship GIMP with tools grouped by default, which begs for reviewing the layout.

Moreover, there have been multiple requests to introduce workflow-specific named layouts finetuned for commons tasks like digital painting, digital photography etc. with an ability to create your own named layouts.


To collect initial data, we asked users on social media to submit customized window layouts and explain 1) what is their main usecase for GIMP, 2) why they customized the layout like that.

Resulted submissions (however few) can be categorized as follows:

  • General editing
  • Layer compositions
  • Graphic design
  • Drawing and painting
  • Photography
  • Web design
  • 3D-related: texturing, UV etc.

Below is the gallery. Please note that while all users named primary tasks, not everyone submitted more information than that.

General editing

User kirill_rrr: "I only do very basic and general editing, I don't need much from GIMP".

Lor-kirill rrr.png

User Brian00298905: "Image manipulation."


Layer compositions

User 82pixels_de: "This is mine, it actually looks like yours. I arranged everything like in Photoshop almost so the transition was easier. What I would like in Gimp to have an option like in the Blender splash screen where you can chose between program keybinds in Gimp for example Photoshop."

Twitter-82pixels de.jpg

User adderbox76: "Nothing too crazy. Most important thing for me was having a free floating dock for my most commonly used tools that I can drag around the canvas without using "multi-window mode", and making as much as possible available in tabs rather than menus."


Graphic design

User BupeJoseph: "This is my common setup. I use GIMP for touching up my architectural design projects, and that includes texturing, lighting and documentation. My workflow often need enough working space, but thanks to Ell for the show-all and now the grouped tools 🙏👏"


Drawing and painting

User Axl Gómez Tagle Islas: "I always have on the right side, the color ranges to make quick changes in retouching or when I draw, I also have the Tool Options to make changes easily on the thicknesses and intensities of the brushes, and even the Layers down because they are used a lot when I'm Making a new design. From the left side to the top I have the default menu of all the tools and below the My Paint brushes because it lets me choose more easily which pencil or brush I want to use"

Facebook-Axl Gómez Tagle Islas.jpg

User Richard Kramenstetter:

Facebook-Richard Kramenstetter.jpg

User ToxictheMutt:



Web design

3D-related: texturing, UV etc.