How to change the splash or startup image of Gimp

Throughout the time that we have been online we have put several splash, both for Gimp, LibreOffice, etc. But let's explain everything well at once, what is Gimp and what is a splash?

Gimp is that counterpart, the alternative that those of us who prefer Free Software have to Photoshop, using Gimp in Linux gives us endless comforts. For example, it is included in the official repositories of our system (while to install Photoshop you must download it in any of its versions), we will always have the latest stable version of Gimp without having to search torrents, or deal with cracks, keygens or similar, or if we want to try development versions, it will not represent a problem either. As I told you, these are comforts that using Gimp on Linux has, which was for the OS that was intended at the beginning.

Gimp as Free Software that it is, in turn allows us many more things, we can customize it as much as we want (or know), at this moment I will show you how to change that image that appears when we open Gimp, the image of 'loading app', something like this:


Well, we can put an image like this:


Here are 3 splashes that you can use (this one included):







To put an image of these is simple, here are the steps:

1. First we must save it on our computer, right click on the one you like the most and save it in your Home or Personal Folder
2. Suppose you saved the last one in Home, it will be in ~ / gimp-splash_3.png right ?. We are going to open a terminal and in it we put:
sudo cp ~/gimp-splash_3.png /usr/share/gimp/2.0/images/gimp-splash.png

It will ask for your password and that's it.

That's all. I mean, the idea is copy the image they have in their home y replace with this to the Gimp splash, located in /usr/share/gimp/2.0/images/ with the name gimp-splash.png

This change the splash of an application is common in Linux environments, other applications such as Choqok, LibreOffice, Amarok, Clementine and K3B (among others) also allow us to change the image of 'loading' or 'loading', one of the many comforts we have to use free, open systems ^ _ ^

Anyway, I hope you found it interesting. Clarify that you can look for other splashes for Gimp (or other applications) in or


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  1.   Carlos.Gude said

    Very interesting!

    1.    KZKG ^ Gaara said

      Thank you

  2.   let's use linux said

    Very cool! It is necessary to renew the Gimp start image a little ... don't you think?

    1.    KZKG ^ Gaara said

      Gimp by default is not as attractive as possible, you have to put a set of colors (maybe icons too), change the splash and the odd little thing to make it more "showy" 🙂

  3.   Dekomu said

    I have never been able to get used to the gimp, it is one of the apps that maintains my partition with windows: S

    I quite liked the 3rd pic, maybe I used it although I don't frequent the u_u program much

    1.    KZKG ^ Gaara said

      Thanks for reading 🙂
      I'm using the first one but… I agree with you, the third one is really funny ^ _ ^

    2.    eliotime3000 said

      We're even. Mainly, the GIMP tools, like Inkscape and Scribus, are too clumsy for graphic design.

  4.   BGBgus said

    The loading bar remains? And I suppose it should also apply to other applications, like LibreOffice, Eclipse ...

    Thanks for the tutoring, this kind of thing is very funny ñ.ñ

  5.   msx said

    Or you can copy as many splashes as you like to ~ / .gimp / splashes and GIMP will automatically select one at random each time you start.
    I leave you my collection of splashes:

    1.    soymicmic said

      : O Tested and working, hehehehe

    2.    eliotime3000 said

      Gimp splashes with Photoshop CS4 / CS5 style made me laugh. They are simply good.

    3.    KZKG ^ Gaara said

      I did not know this, very interesting 😀

    4.    elav said

      Yup, it works 😀

  6.   soymicmic said

    Done, I like the first one and the GIMP is one of my favorite programs

  7.   Dr. Byte said

    Great, the first image looks very good, I like it hahahahaha, it appears in photoshop hehehehe

    1.    KZKG ^ Gaara said

      Yes that's the idea, in addition, blue matches the environment 🙂

  8.   Arthur said

    What Linux distribution is being used in the images, hp?

    1.    elav said

      HP? Is that a distribution? Well anyway, what you are using is Arch + KDE

    2.    KZKG ^ Gaara said

      As Elav said, I use ArchLinux + KDE… so I changed the application button icon, here the post on how to do it:

  9.   Neomito said

    It has improved a lot since the last time I tried it. Well I followed a guide on how to use gimp and look at the results 😀

  10.   the mute said

    Here's my splash, let's see if you like it:

  11.   Jose3 said

    Good post .. what is the name of the icon pack you use ???

  12.   Juan Lizcano said

    Interesting .. Also the image is very beautiful 🙂

  13.   kalinosblogger said

    I did not know that!.

    thanks for sharing! 😉