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Feature prioritization

This is roughly how the core GIMP development team prioritizes feature development. Note that this does not mean we are not interested in contributions in other areas, or contributions of low prio features. Contributions of any kind are always welcomed. But at the end of the day, it is better to have one feature 100% complete than two features 50% complete, which is why features should be prioritized and then worked on in order.

  1. Single-window mode (
  2. Layer groups
  3. Support layer masks on layer groups
  4. Cleanup libgimp (including major changes to plugin registration api)
  5. Port to GTK3
  6. High bit depths
  7. Automatic layer boundary management
  8. Filter layers (brightness/contrast, blur, etc)
  9. Auto-anchoring of floating selection
  10. Turn the IWarp plug-in into an on-canvas tool
  11. Script recording and playback
  12. "Smart objects"
  13. "Layer effects" (bevel/emboss, draw line at edges, etc)
  14. Unified transform tool (
  15. Better support for image meta data
  16. Support the XDG Base Directory Specification

Low priority:

  • High-end CMYK support

Expected availability of developed features

Starting with GIMP 2.10, features will be developed in isolation on feature branches and be merged to the main branch when they are ready.
The below list shows when coming features are expected to be ready, but that might change.

  • GIMP 2.8
    • Single-window mode
    • Layer groups
  • GIMP 2.10
    • Fully port to GEGL
    • High bit depths
    • Support layer masks on layer groups
    • Cleanup libgimp, deprecate all ancient pixel fiddling API
    • GSoC 2011 projects
    • Unified transform tool
  • GIMP 3.0
    • Port to GTK3
  • "Future" The features here are on the roadmap, but have no milestone yet
    • Automatic layer boundary management
    • Filter layers and "Layer effects"
    • Non-destructive editing
    • Auto-anchoring of floating selection - or better, get rid of floating selections!
    • Script recording and playback
    • "Smart objects"