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GIMP User's Manual: Learn the Ins and Outs of GIMP from the Masters Who Wrote the Official Manual on the Web Paperback – 1 Nov 1999

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GIMP: The Official Handbook explains virtually everything about this robust, flexible, and freely available graphics editor. Within the nearly 900 glossy pages, users of all levels can learn how to use and become productive with all the tools, filters, scripts, and effects, beginning with how to compile GIMP for a given system.

GIMP is not for everyone. It must be built, configured, and customised on each Unix-based system where it is installed. GIMP: The Official Handbook does a valiant job of explaining the technical details of this process. For instance, if you want to add support for a graphics tablet, chapter 41, "Drawing Tablets and GIMP", describes how to make the necessary configuration changes as well as instructions for recompiling the application so that it recognises the new input source.

Full sections on GIMP's basic usage, navigation, tools and scripting language, Script-fu, as well as how to compile plug-ins, use different filter types (render, distort, colour, artistic, etc.), and create animation using AnimFrames are just a few of the 47 chapters that make this book worthwhile.

There are six appendices covering many technical aspects: GIMP start flags and initialisation files, GIMP manual pages, Perl-Fu scripting, installing scanners, and more. GIMP: The Official Handbook doesn't lack for technical information.

A 32-page colour section includes screenshots and examples of what GIMP can do, and how many of the filters work.

GIMP is emerging as a breakaway application in the never-say-die grassroots movement of the open source initiative. With its powerful scripting languages, plug-in filters, and the free nature of its distribution, the GIMP is a powerful asset to any web artist, or any multi-platform digital artist. GIMP: The Official Handbook can show you how to use, and make the most of, this robust graphics application. --Mike Caputo,


A guide to the GNU Image Manipulation Program, which until recently has been available only on the GIMP home page as the GIMP Users Manual. It covers nearly all aspects of GIMP, including layers, modes, channels, and masks; pressure-sensitive tablets; filters; and working with images and photographs. The included CD-ROM contains tools to be used wi

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Mediocre, Web version for free 12 Mar. 2002
By Greg Nyquist - Published on
Format: Paperback
Like so much in the opensource world, this book is not designed for the ease of it's users. The authors show little concern for accessebility or introducing their material in a structured, sensible manner befitting a primer on Gimp. This book, at best, has value as a reference work...
13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Incredibly bad writing. 5 Aug. 2000
By Wendell - Published on
Format: Paperback
I will just add to the two negative reviews below by saying that the *explanations* I read when skimming through the book were so bad that I could only understand the sections on points I was already familiar with. I think this is the worst technical writing that I have ever seen in print.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Demanding Refund 19 Jun. 2011
By GLdotorg - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I am unable to derive any benefit from the book, it is too bookish and not "step-by-step" explanation.

I therefore, demand refund.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Obsolete 4 April 2011
By Douglas R. Moffitt - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book refers to Version 0.9 of GIMP. As of this review, Version 2.6 is current.

Nuff said?

Seriously, it spends a lot of copy on installing on Linux and setting up SCSI scanners, Ridiculous today!

Whether the material about using GIMP is still relevant is irrelevant. The book is completely out of date!
10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Eye candy and nothing more 27 Feb. 2001
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
A total waste of money (and the English language). The authors are more concerned with showing their "guru" status than with actually instructing the reader in such basics as applying plug-ins, transparencies... By all means, if you're a guru yourself, this book will be more understandable. But then again, if you're a guru yourself, you shouldn't need to toss your money away.
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