Importing GIMP (XCF) images

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To simplify the work of animating my cartoon about a mouse, a plug-in for the GIMP raster editor has been written, to allow the direct exporting of multi-layered images to corresponding layers of the 2D animation package Synfig.


You can download the synfigexport plugin here.

To make it work, Gimp must support Python, and the most recent version of Python must be installed on your computer.

From Gnu/Linux operating system like, to install this plug-in, simply put the file in "~/.gimp-*/plug-ins/" and make it executable "chmod u+x", then restart gimp.

The plug-in registers itself in the GIMP Export File dialog box "<File> → Export".


  • Firstly, from Gimp, save your image.
  • Open the Export (or "Export As") dialog box, select "Synfig Studio" has file type (.sifz), choose a destination folder and a name, and exports gimp document to synfig's canvas and png images.
  • There are export options you can choose.

Here is the result:

Initial Gimp image Imported into Synfig


Author: IL'dar AKHmetgaleev aka AkhIL - blog akhil : original work Contributor : d.j.a.y Gimp2Synfig : updated fork

This program is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Distribution and updating of the code is appreciated.

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