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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2012 edition (14 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430231688
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430231684
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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This book is ok, but I don't really think it was very concise for beginners. In the areas I needed the most help I ended up going to u tube to get clearer advice.
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I've been using an ancient version of photoshop for years, and three times I've decided to try Gimp - each time I've downloaded and installed it but fallen at the first hurdle. On this, my fourth try, I decided to buy this book, and work methodically through it (although you don't have to use it in this way). I'm less than a third the way through, and already I know how to do things in Gimp that I hadn't understood in photoshop. The steps are clearly explained and well illustrated with screenshots, as simply as possible, which can't be easy when trying to explain such a powerful programme. I'm delighted.
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HASH(0x8f4e4570) out of 5 stars How-to ... from the beginning 30 Mar. 2013
By Anna Erishkigal - Published on Amazon.com
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I knew very little about GIMP and it was difficult to teach myself. Surfing YouTube videos while simultaneously manipulating a picture (all on the same screen) got a bit tricky. This book takes you through the most basic steps, from downloading/opening GIMP onto your computer to how to use the toolbars to how to do some of the most common tasks. I'm no digital artist after reading this book, but I was able to upload images, manipulate and layer them, add graphics and special effects, and save it in a variety of formats so am happy with my investment.

UPDATE: 1/4/15 - still happy I bought this book, but it really needs a BETTER INDEX!!! I hunted through it many times to find a tutorial I vaguely remembered seeing and was ready to rip out my hair before I found the 'how to' tutorial I was looking for buried in with a bunch of longer lessons. Have had this happen with other manipulations, so, yes, it needs a better index at the end please on your next edition.
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HASH(0x8f859624) out of 5 stars GIMP book for beginner! 13 Aug. 2012
By hjd - Published on Amazon.com
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I have zero experience in photoshop, and needed to do some photoediting. Tried to download photoshop, but apparently, it was a huge download, and the license was around $600(!).

Luckily, I was recommended GIMP, and downloaded the program in a minute, and not only that, the program cost a grand total of $0. (Yes, GIMP is free!)

There are many tutorials in the book, but I found out that for me, the most important part of the book was the "CLONING" tool, as I removed some unnecessary objects from what would otherwise be a perfect picture. I got the picture touched up, and now have a very pleased partner!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f859d2c) out of 5 stars Nicely written, and the author assumes ZERO Gimp knowledge, so it truly IS for beginners :) 10 Jan. 2013
By Fitness Dude - Published on Amazon.com
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Love this book!

The Author (Jan Smith) is to be commended for an extremely well written book, that will have you up and running on the free alternative to Photoshop in no time :)
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HASH(0x8f859c3c) out of 5 stars Really helpful 20 July 2013
By Phillip Dallas - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased The Book of Gimp when I first got the Gimp program and it was way beyond me. After working with this beginners book I am beginning to feel that the other book may eventually be useful.
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HASH(0x8f6b2768) out of 5 stars Great guide for the uninitiated 14 Nov. 2013
By Matt R. - Published on Amazon.com
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My wife needed a book to use as a teaching tool for high school students. This book offers an easy to read, step by step guide for using GIMP. I've been using GIMP for years and am impressed by the book's clarity and ease of use. Highly recommended for beginners.
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