Download and Install Missing Flag Gradients in GIMP

image of the french, german, mexican, and romanian flag color gradients from GIMP 2 point 6

GIMP Flag Gradients from GIMP 2.6


In the switch between GIMP 2.6 and GIMP 2.8, some GIMP features were left behind. I’m not sure what the reasoning behind leaving the Flag gradients out of 2.8 was (it’s not mentioned in the GIMP 2.8 release notes). Whatever the reason though, when you upgrade to GIMP 2.8 you may find those flag gradients missing.

So, what can you do?

The good news is, you don’t have to revert to GIMP 2.6 to get your gradients back.

Some people have lamented the loss of those older GIMP gradients, so I copied the missing flag gradients from GIMP 2.6 and am posting them here for you to download and install.

*For those who care about copyright etc. this is perfectly legal under GIMP’s open source license.

Download Flag Gradients from GIMP 2.6

Click Here to download GIMP 2.6 national flag gradient files. This is a zipped folder called “gimp obsolete files”. That folder contains the following GIMP gradient files:

  • French_flag_smooth.ggr
  • French_flag.ggr
  • German_flag_smooth.ggr
  • German_flag.ggr
  • Mexican_flag_smooth.ggr
  • Mexican_flag.ggr
  • Romanian_flag_smooth.ggr
  • Romanian_flag.ggr

You should install these files (and not the containing folder called “gimp obsolete files”) into your GIMP gradients folder.

How to Install GIMP Gradients

Windows

To install these (or any) gradients follow these steps:

  1. Unzip the package you downloaded from the link above to reveal the “gimp obsolete files” folder.
  2. Open the “gimp obsolete files” folder to reveal the .ggr files that are inside.
  3. You can either copy and paste these files into their new location, or open the new location, and just drag the files into their new folder. (Here’s how to do both if you’re unsure)
  4. Drag or paste the .ggr files inside the gradients folder within GIMP. The path to your Gradients folder should look something like this:
    C:\Program Files\GIMP-2.0\share\gimp\2.0\gradients

Here’s help with how to navigate to your gradients folder using in Windows using the path above, in case you’re not sure how to get there.

*Note* You should copy or move the .ggr files into the Gradients folder. Don’t include the containing “gimp obsolete files” folder.

Mac

  1. Unzip the package you downloaded from the link above to reveal the “gimp obsolete files” folder.
  2. Open the “gimp obsolete files” folder to reveal the .ggr files that are inside.
  3. You can either copy and paste these files into their new location, or open the new location, and just drag the files into their new folder. (Here’s how to do both if you’re not sure.)
  4. Drag or paste the .ggr files inside the gradients folder within GIMP. The path to your Gradients folder should look something like this:
    (Hard Drive)> Applications > GIMP (Right click the GIMP icon and click “Show Package Contents”)> Contents > Resources > Share > Gimp > 2.0 > Gradients

Here’s help with navigating to files and folders on a Mac, in case you’re not sure how to get to the path above.

*Note* You should copy or move the .ggr files into the Gradients folder. Don’t include the containing “gimp obsolete files” folder.

How to Refresh your Gradients

You can install gradients when GIMP is already running, or if it’s closed. If you didn’t already have GIMP 2.8 open when you installed the gradients, they will appear in your list of available gradients the next time you open GIMP.

But, if you already had GIMP open and running when you installed the gradients and you don’t want to close and restart GIMP, you have the option of “refreshing” your gradients list.

Refreshing the gradients list just tells GIMP to check for any new gradients in the gradients folder, and it’s really easy to do.

  • Grab the Blend Tool from the Toolbox (see Fig. 1)
  • Go to the Tool Options Dialog, which should be at the bottom of your Toolbox, or in a third window/area of GIMP. (If you don’t see it, click here for help).
  • Click on the Gradient Button in the Tool Options Dialog (see Fig. 1).
The GIMP Toolbox and Tool Options Dialog

Fig. 1

  • A list of available gradients will appear, but your new gradients probably won’t be in that list yet.
  • At the bottom of the list there is a button that looks like the Gradient Button (see Fig. 2). Click that button to reveal the Gradient Selection Dialog.
The GIMP Gradient Selector Window

Fig. 2

  • A new dialog will appear with the same list of gradients. At the bottom of this dialog is a button with refresh arrows (see Fig.3). Click that button to refresh your list of gradients.
gradients dialog and refresh button in gimp

Fig. 3

  • The list of gradients in the Gradients Dialog, and the list of gradients in the Tool Options Dialog should both be updated to include your new gradients.

Enjoy your new GIMP gradients!