How to do psychedelic text in GIMP version 2.8 ( see the word MOTORHEAD in the picture above from my tribute to Lemmy RIP bro  ... click on it for more detailed view to see the font ) first you need the plug-in from here ( or bottom of text at this page ) help page at or download its called Psychedelic.scm see copyright inside file..... and it goes in the script folder in /usr/share/gimp/2.0/scripts first sudo su to become the super user. then copy the file from wherever you  saved it.

cp /home/steve/Psychedelic.scm /usr/share/gimp/2.0/scripts/

* Note the settings page that comes up is quite wordy and will extend below the bottom of the page on small notebook resolution screens but there is a plugin on the site to fix that.

Once its running a new menu will appear with Script-Fu now displayed at the GIMP's programs menu bar as you can see from the shot below ... go to Script-Fu and menu item Alpha to Logo or Logos menu ( use Logo if you don't know how to use alpha channels like me ) and the dialog box below appears ( note if you can't see the whole thing you can download a plugin for scrollbars but it didn't work on my Linux Mint 17 so no tute for that here ) you just need to use this function on a screen thats bigger like a desktop PC for this to work.

If you already have a background picture you want to deal with and not use the built in psychedelic fill you can select Background Type to be transparent and then you just have the text :)

Want a nice camo backgound fill like the one on the picture above? try my next GIMP tutorial on shape paths

How to install: go to

  1. Right-click on the link below that says "shape-path-0.91.scm". A pop-up menu should appear. Click "Save Target As..." or "Save Link As..." or whatever the equivalent option in your browser is.
  2. Save the file "shape-path-0.91.scm" in your scripts folder. If you're not sure where your scripts folder is, you can check by opening GIMP and going to <Toolbox>/File/Preferences -> Folders -> Scripts. If more than one folder is shown, then any one of them will work.
  3. Once you have saved the file in your scripts folder, if you are already running GIMP, either click <Toolbox>/Xtns/Script-Fu/Refresh Scripts, or just close and reopen GIMP.
  4. If you have done this correctly, the scripts will appear in the menu under <Image>/Script-Fu/Shape Paths. If this menu is not there, try clicking <Toolbox>/Xtns/Script-Fu/Refresh Scripts. If it's still not there, make sure the file is in your scripts folder and that the filename ends with ".scm", not ".txt" or ".scm.txt" or something.
Stephen P,
17 Jan 2016, 15:22