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Beginning GIMP: From Novice to Professional

Beginning GIMP: From Novice to Professional [Kindle Edition]

Akkana Peck
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From first installation to advanced image manipulation techniques, Beginning GIMP: From Novice to Professional, Second Edition explains how anyone can utilize GIMP: a free, open source image manipulation program. You will learn how to install GIMP on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS 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.

With four–color graphics and screenshots throughout, you’ll learn how to prepare camera images for display on web pages—including processes like rescaling, cropping, and balancing color. Utilizing layers, paths, and masks are also covered in extensive detail. Of course, you will also learn how to draw lines and shapes; utilize patterns and gradients; and even create your own brushes, patterns, and gradients.

GIMP expert and author Akkana Peck teaches you how to touch up digital photographs, smudging away blemishes, fixing red–eye, and stitching panoramic images. You’ll learn how to tap into the powerful filters, effects, and plug–ins that are available for GIMP and automate tasks using scripts. The entire book is approached in a project–based manner, and as you progress, numerous projects will help strengthen your newly acquired abilities.

What you’ll learn

  • Install GIMP on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.

  • Explore the interface and configuration options.

  • Prepare your camera images for use on the Web, including rescaling, cropping, and balancing color.

  • Learn basic techniques such as drawing lines and shapes, utilizing patterns, and making use of gradients.

  • Master advanced techniques such as layers, paths, and masks.

  • Create your own brushes, patterns, and gradients.

  • Discover tricks for fixing blemishes, removing redeye, and stitching together panoramic images.

Who this book is for

This book is for graphics designers, digital photographers, and hobbyists. It’s is aimed at those who need to utilize a full–featured image manipulation program but don’t have hundreds of dollars to pay for Photoshop. GIMP is also the preferred image manipulation application for the open source advocate. GIMP is available on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 39467 KB
  • Print Length: 584 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2 edition (16 Dec 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006Q7V3OI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #427,657 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Making sense of Gimp 16 April 2009
This is a satisfyingly large book that does justice to Gimp, a fine free image-editing product that seems to do pretty much everything Photoshop does. I've been using Gimp, self-taught, for some time, to handle images intended for websites and a newsletter, and have recommended it to many of my friends. Now I have Akkana Peck to fill in the gaps in my knowledge, offering step-by-step examples of quite complex procedures. She's my new hero.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book - Easy and informative 7 Nov 2009
Akkana Peck has done a Stirling job, at publishers Apress, with her Beginning Gimp - From Novice to Professional. It comfortably lives up to its title but suffers (slightly) from the anomaly of being for version 2.4, when version 2.6 is well and truly available. That said, having possibly misjudged their release timing, Apress and Peck pull it back with a chapter; 'preview of GIMP 2.6', at the end of the book. The fact that most of the tasks haven't changed significantly between these two releases helps too. I do have reservations but in the round, this is a well written, pretty comprehensive and useful book for most levels of GIMP expertise.

Because I'm reviewing the book, rather than using it in anger, I used serendipity, the contents and the index to explore. I have to admit, I was looking for holes and found surprisingly few. It's a comprehensive and accessible read, covering everything you're likely to need and many bits you'll not.

The book is laid out in a logical order, with a brief introductory chapter introducing all the basic paraphernalia required to get started. Chapter 2, Improving Digital Photos, lead me to think that the driving principle for this book would be how to achieve common tasks. A task oriented approach! Whilst this was pretty much the way this and other chapters proceeded, the following chapter reverted to the same old menu tour, albeit well executed. The chapters are a mix of task oriented, tool oriented, concept oriented and the odd bucket chapter ('Additional Topics').

One of the first things I noticed is that this book makes good use of colour images. On the whole, they do a great job of illustrating the point. (It's possibly irrelevant to their utility but they're, well, a bit uninspiring.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learning Gimp's a breeze ! 6 Sep 2009
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Gimp can be quite daunting at first. Lots of tools and settings to master. But Akkana Peck's guide is so easy to follow, even with trickier tasks, its like having an endlessly patient tutor at hand!

I hadn't expected such a big book when I ordered it, especially for the price! But it's packed with really helpful images as well as blissfully straightforward text. Akkana not only explains how various Gimp features work but why things work as they do - and all in an easy unhurried way.

If you're wondering whether to get Gimp or drain your piggy bank and get Photoshop? Get Gimp (its free) and this book. You'll never look back!! Five minutes spent reading will add another useful tip to your armoury.

This book is a 'must have' for Gimp users everywhere.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beginning Gimp 28 Jan 2010
I have moved from using Photoshop to using Gimp for processing my photographs. I was really wanting to know how Gimp differed from Photoshop as well as knowing how to get the best from Gimp. This book was excellent for that purpose, although no comparisons with photoshop are made. For people who have not previously used Photoshop or similar, some more discussion of the basics might be useful.

The chapters of the book are well thought out and mostly in the best order. The chapters for writing your own plug-ins or adapting the code for Gimp will be useful for those who understand programming or are willing to learn but it was lost on me. The book assumes you are using Gimp with the Linux operating system, but as Gimp will also run on Windows and Mac computers some more mention of the differences those users will experience would perhaps be useful.

This is a very useful, well written book, and I thoroughly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy with my choice 20 Sep 2010
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The Amazon reviews I read before buying indicated that the book would at least be useful, in fact it is very good, very clear and seems pretty complete (I'm still working through it, a relative GIMP beginner). I can't imagine there's a much better practical book for people (like me) who don't know much about GIMP but would like to do more than just basic photo manipulation, but there also seems a lot of more advanced stuff too (it's a sizable book!), so it could well also be a book for people who already know something about GIMP.

Definitely worth considering....!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Reading From Start to Finish 17 Aug 2010
If you want to learn how to really use Gimp then this is the book for you with pictures and easy to understand language very well written and worth every penny , so go on down load Gimp which is free and just as good as one of the best other software packages that you can pay hundreds of pounds for buy this book you will be astonished as what you can achieve .
marks out of 10 ... 10.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GIMP Guide 29 Oct 2010
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As GIMP is free photo imaging software it made good sense to purchase a guide to make full use of it and this book does exactly that.Excellent guide
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Layers made easy 2 May 2010
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If you want to learn how to get the best out of this great piece of free software, then this is the book to read.
It leads you gently by the hand through all the Gimp's features.
Noteworthy is the section on Layers. I have in the past found Layers to be a difficult concept to get my head around.
Akkana makes the concept so much easier to understand, and I am now using this feature regularly in my photo editing.
I highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Guide
Extremely useful, great reading or just use on an as need basis. Step by step instructions with photos a no brainer in my opinion a must have book for all those interested in Gimp... Read more
Published on 30 Jun 2011 by Trebor
5.0 out of 5 stars Good service
There was a three-four week wait for this product which I wasn't expecting. But it came as described and is excellent value. Good if we are advised of time element at the start.
Published on 2 Mar 2011 by tegdirb
3.0 out of 5 stars Not so great if you are a MAC OSX user and have GIMP version 2.6
I recently downloaded GIMP version 2.6 onto my MAC OSX. I'm a total beginner and found this book difficult to follow as some of the features the author refers to have been... Read more
Published on 5 Jan 2011 by Ms. K. Kaburara
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but...
The book does what it says. Instructs in easy to understand terms how to use Gimp, my but it is for earlier versions not 2.6 which is what I have recently installed. Read more
Published on 3 Oct 2010 by Penmin
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Excellent book, the author takes things in a logical sequence, interest is maintained by a fairly light hearted approach without missing essential detail. Read more
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Having used GIMP in various versions on Windows and Linux for a while my wife thught she'd get this book so I could really do more than scratch the surface of what the program is... Read more
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