Adding Arrow Plugin in GIMP

As a tech blogger sometime I have to edit screenshots to draw arrows on the images to illustrate the point. I know this can be easily done in Photoshop, but this feature is not available in the default installation of GIMP. So here’s how you can enable the arrow feature in GIMP.

Download the ‘arrow.scm‘ file from GIMP Plugins Registry

Once downloaded move it to your GIMP scripts folder.

For Linux the plugin folder is located at:

/home/username/.gimp-2.6/scripts

For Mac the plugin folder is located at:

/Applications/Gimp.app/Contents/Resources/share/gimp/2.0/scripts

Open an image to edit in GIMP and you should now see the Arrow option under the Tools menu.

Arrow plugin GIMP

To draw an Arrow, first click the ‘Paths Tool‘ icon.

Paths Tool - GIMP

On your image, mark two points. The first point will be the head of the arrow and the second point will be the tail.

Drawing arrow - GIMP

Go to ‘Tools > Arrow‘.

Script-Fu Arrow

You can adjust the wing of the arrow and whether to draw a single or double headed arrow. Once you have fixed your settings, click OK. It will proceed to draw the arrow on your image.

This is the end result.

Draw arrow result

That’s it.