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GIMP 2.6 for Photographers: Image Editing with Open Source Software [Paperback]

Klaus Goelker
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Book Description

7 Feb 2011

Image editing has become a crucial element in the photographic workflow. Image editing tools, most notably Photoshop, are usually sophisticated and deep applications, and are fairly expensive. The only open source tool in this market is the GIMP, which has developed into a powerful, multiplatform system running on Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.

GIMP 2.6 for Photographers is a beginner's guide to the only open source image editing tool that provides a low-cost alternative to expensive programs such as Photoshop. Topics include the basics of image editing and simple adjustments, as well as advanced techniques using layers and masks, stitching panoramic images, and preparing high-quality black and white images. The most important editing functions are presented in individual, easy-to-follow workshops.

GIMP 2.6 for Photographers has evolved from classroom materials that the author developed and taught in courses and workshops on image editing with the GIMP.

The upgrade to GIMP 2.8 that is discussed in the book can be found at for a preview and more details.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Rocky Nook; 1 edition (7 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933952490
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933952499
  • Product Dimensions: 25.3 x 20.5 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 479,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Author

Klaus Martin Goelker, author of GIMP 2 and GIMP 2.6 for Photographers, which is published in German, English an Polish. Long time architect, now more on webdesign, design, arts and photography. Working as a lecturer on the basics of webdesign and digital imaging with GIMP and Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Living as a single in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. Visit my homepage to see what is my point of view as an artist and photographer.

About my Books

The German version of GIMP 2.8 for Photographers is out now in the European Countries. The English version will be published in 2013. In the meantime, for my English speaking readers, there is an update of my English book available as download. GIMP 2.8 Upgrade is showing and explaining the new features of GIMP 2.8. You can find it on the website of my publisher Rocky Nook at Just follow the link on the right side of the homepage.

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About the Author

Klaus Goelker is an architect and photographer who lives and works in Munich, Germany. He also teaches courses on image editing at a local art school. He chose GIMP to teach this class because it was free and yet powerful enough to do serious photographic image editing.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GIMP 2.6 instruction book 17 Jan 2012
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After turning on Google's Safe Search feature I found this book as a gift for my Dad for Christmas.
He has starting using the basic tools and has already commented at how it has expained the basics of histograms, tone, changing lighting and simple manipulation.
He loves it!
Great book for Newbies to Gimp 2.6!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By pete
An excellent introduction based on tried and tested college courses. The layout, picture quality, explanation and examples are all very good. The production of the book (clarity, paper quality, layout) is in a different league to the competition. The author presents the Gimp making no assumptions about slavery to Microsoft, so Mac and Linux users are well served.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gimp 2.6 for Photographers 8 Mar 2013
By Stuart
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I have been using GIMP, initially 2.6 and now 2.8, for some time for processing and retouching my photos. I bought this book in Jan 2011 so I have been using it on and off for a couple of years. I see that an update for 2.8 by the same author is due in May 2013, so I thought a review would be timely.

The book is very comprehensive and detailed. It is organised as a series of exercises (with the necessary sample images and other resources available from the included DVD). The material is well and clearly explained and the exercises are covered in a clear, step by step approach. They tend to start off with very detailed hand-holding and then the hand-holding is withdrawn as things progress and the instructions become somewhat terser. I rather like this approach - it avoids becoming patronising which is one of the pitfalls of this sort of detailed step by step approach.

Its subtitle is "Image editing with Open Source Software" and it does indeed cover several other pieces of software in some detail, particularly the raw converters UFRaw and RawTherapee. The DVD includes copies of GIMP and the other pieces of Open Source software mentioned.

It starts off with the basics of loading and saving images, cropping, resizing and various basic touching up: colour correction, removing spots and scratches, sharpening, etc. There is extensive coverage of working with scanned images, which I find particularly useful as I have an extensive collection of 35mm slides and need to deal with these from time to time when organising materials for talks.

A number of common filters are covered in some detail for things like red-eye removal, perspective and lens distortion correction, frames and vignetting and dealing with under- and over-exposure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful 28 Jun 2012
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If you want to learn the ins and outs of the GIMP, this is probably the book for you. It is well laid out, and explains, not only how to achieve results, but a good deal of technical background, so that you can understand what you're doing as well. If you haven't used GIMP, I suggest you do, as it's a very viable alternative to other (expensive) software - and then buy this book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars photogimping 15 Aug 2011
This book takes the struggle out of using GIMP, the free image manipulating program. It contains a set of exercises which, step by step, improves your knowledge of the program and your dexterity at using it. The DVD at the back of the book contains all the photos that you need for the exercises, and also GIMP itself, and its plug-ins. The text is clear and concise, despite the fact that it is written by a German and translated into American. I'm only half way through the exercises, but my own photos are beginning to look better. Come on, photo takers, get GIMPing and save yourself a lot of money by using a free program that is almost as good as the market leader..
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