I'd like to insert perfect arrows (the sort you can make using Inkscape: straight, symmetric tips, of customizable width and length, etc.) into images in GIMP. At the moment the closest thing to this I can do is by holding down "shift" whilst using the PaintBrush tool which just creates straight lines (with no arrowheads).
GIMP features no ready "shapes" tools, or the ability to easily create arrows. You have to draw then manually - either zooming in the head region and using click_shift to raw two straight lines for the head - or using the paths tool to start with, manually putting two segments to the head, and selecting "edit->stroke" for the whole path.
The advantage of the second approach is being able to fine tune the arrow before the stroke or undo/adjust/stroke again.
Depending on the workflow, you could draw a nice, steady arrow in a separate image, then copy it and
edit->paste as new->brush - then you'd have a nice arrow stamp, with customizable size and angle to use with the brush tool.
There is a plugin:
arrow.scm and save it to
/home/username/.gimp-2.8/scripts (on a Linux system).
cd ~/.gimp-2.8/scripts wget https://web.archive.org/web/20160708211721/http://registry.gimp.org/files/arrow.scm
Check your version numbers, naturally. Next time you start up Gimp, you should see an Arrow option under the Tools menu.
Find out more about how to use it on maketecheasier.com.
For GIMP versions later than 2.8:
- Go to your home folder
- Go to
- Go to the folder with a version number (
- Go to
- Download the arrow.scm file and place it here. Don't forget to unzip.
- Open GIMP and draw a path
This answer is based on @User's comment.
One method of creating arrows in Gimp is to use the python plugin ArrowsCreator. A new version has been released (0.3) that works with Gimp versions 2.8.14 and above. To get it to work, download ArrowsCreator-0.3.py from http://gimpchat.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=11670 then place it in your gimp plugins folder as shown below (Windows 10).
The first two entries are for creating a menu for this plugin. I changed "Arrows crea_tor" to "Arrows creator" then clicked OK.
As instructed choose a color (I chose red).
Then choose the path tool and click on the image twice (the points will become the head and tail of the arrow).
Choose your arrow style. I chose "Square cut shaft" style and got this
There are currently 7 different styles to choose from and customize. Hopefully this is enough information to get you started!
Use the text tool and copy & paste a unicode arrow sign