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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (6 Oct. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565927311
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565927315
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 0.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 640,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The GNU Image manipulation program, or GIMP to its friends, is an open source image-editing application for Unix and Linux operating systems. It is supplied with many Linux implementations and you can also download it from the Web.

Sven Neumann has been using the GIMP since 1997, and his GIMP Pocket Reference is a simple-structured guide to everything the GIMP has to offer, starting out with the tools and interface, moving through the menus and finishing with a table of supported file formats. It is a useful quick reference for those times when what should be obvious isn't, or as an introduction to the GIMP's feature set.

Occasionally, Neumann goes beyond mere functional description and provides more detailed explanation of techniques like selection, layers and channels. There is also a short overview of colour models, and drawing and layer models.

The GIMP Pocket Reference won't tell you how to set up a scanner or graphics tablet to work with GIMP, or how to go about scripting, retouching or compositing. If you are looking for information on configuration, scripting and practical hands-on advice then you need one of the more comprehensive manuals, such as GIMP User's Manual. But if you can't remember how to select the ink tool brush, or add an alpha channel this handy little reference provides a direct and low-cost route to the answer. --Ken McMahon

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The GIMP Pocket Reference explains the numerous features of the GNU Image Manipulation Program--and is the essential guide for designers working in a Linux/Unix environment. This handy reference covers GIMP version 1.2. It explains the function of every menu item and offers tips for everyday use.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Madcap coder on 13 Jun. 2013
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Some short cuts just ain't worth taking. Dated now, this was put together in 2000 or so...I just can't find any use for it other than as a historical record of early graphics packages. The chapters read like a woefully abbreviated list of functionality available way, way back in GIMP's history. Yuk.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jbdigipics on 30 Dec. 2011
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on an excercise to completely remove Microsoft, and Adobe from my Computer, i bought this book to assist me.
it is quite imfoemative and hopefully will 'do the job'
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An excellent quick reference 30 Jan. 2002
By D. Breakey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a very good quick reference guide to the GIMP, although it is slightly out-of-date already (but that's the nature of Open Source software development).
The guide is targeted at the 1.2 release of the GIMP but was wirtten before 1.2 was actually released; what this means is that, while the guide is about 95% correct, there are portions of it that are no longer exactly relevant and there are other features of the released version of the GIMP that are either documented incompletely, incorrectly or not at all.
However, for somebody who already knows the generalities of the GIMP this is an excellent occasional "how did that feature work again?" quick-ref guide.
Of course, what do you expect from an O'Reilly book?
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
The GIMP's friendly Manual 1 May 2003
By André Proulx - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
O'Reilly's GIMP Pocket Reference by Sven Neumann, a main developer of the program, explains features of the GNU (General) Image Manipulation Program. This guide informs designers working in a Linux/Unix or Windows environment with a powerful and complex image manipulation tool.
The GIMP, a free Open Source image editor and a design application that approximates Photoshop in terms of functionality and power, runs on most *nix platforms. The software is included with many Linux distros, and is downloadable.
Based on the menu structure, the reference covers and explains GIMP's functions and fabulous possibilities. This cute, small book offers tips and defines image manipulation.
This Pocket book enables novices and experts to use an emerging program quickly, efficiently. It describes tools, filters, and menu items. It also offers design tips, and includes an overview of image manipulation and design terms. A welcome table of file formats supported by the GIMP is included.
This is an excellent 10 bucks, 100-page reference guide for occasional feature searching and explaining.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Way Out Of Date 25 Oct. 2012
By Blackbull - Published on Amazon.com
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This little book needs to go away. The version of GIMP that it describes is long gone and not missed. The contents is nearly all useless, and there are so many better books on GIMP available.
Great value for the money. 5 May 2015
By Snowflashdrop - Published on Amazon.com
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great small quick-notes type of book. I often keep it with me when I go out to eat so I can keep different parts of GIMP freash in my mind. I have it beside me when I use GIMP as a quick look-up in case I need help in certain areas of GIMP. I strongly recommend this Reference Guide, even for experts who need a reminder with a command they do not use very often. Great value for the money.
Nice book for gimp 14 Dec. 2012
By W. Markuly - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't consider this a book to learn gimp with since it's a pocket guide, but I love these pocket books and have a pile of them. The small size is great
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