Beginning GIMP

Beginning GIMP

From Novice to Professional

Book - 2006
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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.

Publisher: [Berkeley, CA] : Apress, c2006
ISBN: 9781590595879
Characteristics: xx, 528 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm


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Oct 07, 2011

Easy and good book to start learning gimp, the author explain all the Tools, Filters, Layers and other features of this graphic program and how to use it, so you will get perfect basic information even on how to write scripts. I recommend it to beginners and professionals that maybe will get useful information. Really I enjoyed it.

May 18, 2010

I happened to correspond with the author of _Beginning GIMP_ about a
general problem with books about software and Open Source ** software in
particular. Books are written about the version available at the time
of the writing but new versions evolve and by the time the book is
published or read. The current Gimp version: 2.6.8 (December 10, 2009)

The author, Akkana Peck., wrote on 4/20/2010:
[The book] was based mainly on version 2.4 but it does talk about the
changes for 2.6: there's an appendix summarizing the changes, and I
try to mention it throughout the book when something has moved between
2.4 and 2.6.

** Open source software (OSS) projects are built and maintained by a
network of volunteer programmers and usually available to users at no
cost. Prime examples of open source products are the widely used
Apache HTTP Server, and the internet browser Mozilla Firefox.


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