Beginning GIMP: From Novice to Professional (Google eBook)

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Apress, Apr 30, 2006 - Computers - 552 pages
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Beginning GIMP: From Novice to Professional explains how to use the open source image manipulation program, GIMP version 2.4. You’ll learn how to install GIMP on Windows, Linux, and MacOS X platforms. Once you’ve installed the application, you’ll learn about the interface and configuration options, and then jump into a quick–and–simple project to familiarize yourself even further.

With four–color graphics and screenshots throughout, you’ll learn how to prepare camera images for display on web pagesincluding functions like rescaling, cropping, and balancing color. The book also explains with great detail how to utilize layers, paths, and masks. You’ll also learn how to draw lines and shapes, use patterns and gradients, and even create your own brushes, patterns, and gradients.

Touch–ups are covered thoroughly: how to smudge away blemishes, fix red–eye, and stitch panoramic images. You’ll even learn how to tap into the powerful filters, effects, and plug–ins that are available and automate tasks using scripts. The entire book is laid out in a project–based manner, so as you progress through it, numerous projects help solidify your newly acquired abilities.


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Excellent book

User Review  - bryan18 -

Before I bought this book, I had no idea how to use Gimp, and all the online tutorials were horrible. So I found this book, one of the few on this powerful image editing program, and it's amazing ... Read full review

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User Review  - Maria Gebhardt - Goodreads

This book is a tool to help people who want to use free, downloadable software to edit images. The book includes a thorough explanation of GIMP. Chapter two is dedicated to improving digital photos ... Read full review


Get to Know the GIMP
Improving Digital Photos
Introduction to Layers
Erasing and Touching Up
Filters and Effects
Color Manipulation Channels and Layer Modes
PlugIns and Scripting
Additional Topics
Getting and Installing the GIMP
Installing the GIMP on Windows
Installing the GIMP on Mac
Installing the GIMP on Linux or Unix
Building from Source
First Startup

Advanced Drawing
Advanced Compositing

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About the author (2006)

Akkana Peck is a freelance software developer and writer who has been working with open source software for nearly 20 years. She has worked for a diverse collection of companies including Netscape, Silicon Graphics, Sun Technologies, Hewlett Packard, and Apple, and has written imaging software ranging from GIMP plug-ins, to cartography, to scientific visualization. Akkana is a longtime member of the GIMP community and enjoys giving GIMP courses and presentations, as well as filling up her hard drive with digital images. She lives in San Jose, California with her husband and a motley assortment of old computers. You can find more of her musings at

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