Photoshop Layer Effects In GIMP (Without Any Plugin)

If you've used Photoshop, you've undoubtedly used Layer Effects; it's used for a variety of purposes including graphics design, thumbnails, and a variety of other visuals.

You may not find the layer effect option in gimp, but it doesn't mean gimp can't create such effects, and producing those effects is a lot easier than you think.

There are effects scattered throughout Gimp that will produce the same effect as Photoshop's layer effects.

We will not be covering all of the effects of the layer, but all the major ones.

Drop Shadow

Step 1: Select the layer you want to apply the drop shadow on.

Step 2: Click drop shadow to apply the effect, and you can also change the effect by adjusting the slider.


Step 1: Open the light and shadow filters, then select "drop shadow."


Step 2: Change X and Y slider to 0, and blur radius to 0 and increase grow radius to increase the outline.

Outer Glow

Step 1: Open light and shadow filter, then select drop shadow.

Step 2: Set the X and Y sliders to 0, but increase the blur radius to boost the outer glow and increase the growth radius to increase the outer glow.

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