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GIMP GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a free and open source image editor. Download it from, or from the Microsoft Store for Windows Windows systems.

Icon-Bug.pngBug:If you find that GIMP keeps scanning for fonts whenever it starts, download fontconfig 2.4.2 and extract to C:\Program Files\GIMP-2.0\.

Usage with Source

VTF support

Gimp vtf opt.png

Download the GIMP VTF plug-in here. It allows you to specify a layer as the alpha channel of the output, bypassing the issue below.

RGB of transparent pixels

Obsolete-notext.pngDeprecated:Newer versions of GIMP no longer have this problem and fully support RGB transparent pixels.

GIMP's developers consider the alpha channel to represent transparency, and are not interested in supporting other uses of it. This means that GIMP is quite happy to destroy or ignore RGB color data in pixels with 0% alpha, creating horrendous problems in most 3D engines:

  • When the alpha channel is not being used for transparency, visible image data is replaced by jagged-edged areas of pure black
  • When alpha is transparency, semi-black borders appear around the edges of materials with sharp edges (a result of realtime GPU filtering)

Fortunately, so long as Layer masks are used the only operation known to trigger the problem in current versions of GIMP (future releases may be different!) is "Merge Layers". As a workaround, consider using "New from Visible" instead.

Usage with GoldSrc

Warning.pngWarning:GIMP tends to mess up colors of 8-bit images, tinting the image slightly green, adding red pixels, and messing up the color of transparency. It is highly recommended to do any editing in full 24-bit color instead, and use IrfanView, WadMaker, or even Wally for converting the textures to 8-bit.

Export settings

See also