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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!

  • here we knock our head to GIMP's probably most annoying feature: Filters generally do not have proper preview of the result. One must input the parameters as blind. The result also is very rarely readjustable. The only way forward is often to undo the result and try again. – user287001 Jul 10 '17 at 7:05
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    The current development version is better in that regard - many filters have on-canvas previews. Turning those temporarily re-adjustable previews into permanently re-adjustable effects is planned for GIMP 3.2. How fast GIMP gets there depends on the ratio of contributors to complainers :) – Michael Schumacher Jul 10 '17 at 8:20
  • Usually this would require nondestructive editing. In this case you can edit the shadow later because the filter author decided to place the shadow on a new layer. Eventually it's a workaround because you don't apply the filter the way you want, but fiddle around with what you found. The way Gimp is hacked on don't expect real nondestructive editing before 2040. – John Doe IV Jul 12 '17 at 5:18
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In general, the answer is no.

For the drop shadow, it is a bit different: the shadow layer is a distinct layer, so you can still move it, adjust its opacity or even changing its color without redoing it from scratch.

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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

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  • Make sure that you place all of these extensions into a new plug-ins directory, though, and do not use an existing one. (For those who know about some typical Windows platform issues: yep, it's due to DLL hell) – Michael Schumacher Jul 10 '17 at 8:23
  • @MichaelSchumacher - the GIMP Extension pack I linked to is a windows installer, and yes it can cause problems. But if you just need the Layer Effects you can get it here - no DLLs, just a little Python script. I've added the link to my answer. – Billy Kerr Jul 10 '17 at 8:31
  • Yes, getting only the plug-in(s) you need is definitely a better approach than those more or less randomly selected packs. – Michael Schumacher Jul 10 '17 at 8:47

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