I am brand new to Gimp and I couldn't find the answer to this simple question after a quick google search. I have a text object and have applied a drop shadow filter on it. I am wondering if there is anyway to modify this filter instead of deleting it and creating a new filter with different values. Sorry if this seems like a dumb question I am very new. Thank you for any help!
You can't without deleting the layer made by the drop shadow filter, although you can move the layer, and you could apply additional filters to the shadow layer.
However, there is a Layer Effects plugin written in Python which allows for some adjustability, with a live preview option that can be activated before you apply a drop shadow. But after you've applied it, you'd still need to delete the layers created to make a different drop shadow.
The Layer Effects plugin is contained in the GIMP Extensions pack here (Windows installer)
Or if you just want the Python script you can download it here
Here's a screenshot of the plugin in action
Next time you wanna add effects to GIMP layers consider one of the follwing techniques to be able to control them:
- Layer backup: In this technique you create a duplicate layer from the original one and do all your effects on it. And you should hide the original one and name it like this:
- Filters group: In this technique you would create a layer group and then create a layer for every filter that you want to add to your original layer. In this case you can turn the filters on/off later and have control over them. You can name the filter group like this:
Note: Don't forget to put the filters group on top of the main layer!