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15 Mar 2012 For Absolute Beginners
GIMP for Absolute Beginners gives us an easy way to use the power of GIMP, and enjoy digital photography and graphics without worrying about application features. GIMP is a powerful open source graphics and digital imaging application with almost all the features of its proprietary counterpart, Photoshop. But many of us are photographers and artists first, and we like to use our tools without having to think about them too much. GIMP for Absolute Beginners gets us to this stage without patronising users who haven't used GIMP before. But what can we actually do with photos and graphical images? These questions are answered in a photo projects chapter as well as a chapter on digital painting: Starting with making small changes to photos and adding information to them to creating paintings and drawings without photographic input. What you'll learn Learn how to install GIMP and navigate its interface Improve image quality with GIMP Increase your design prowess Have fun with digital painting projects Who this book is for Hobbyists, occasional designers, enthusiastic photographers, graphical design amateurs, and beginning illustrators. Table of Contents What is GIMP? Finding and Installing GIMP Getting to Know the GIMP Work Area Basic Computer Graphics in GIMP Editing the whole Image Improving Photos Working on Parts of an Image Photo Projects Adding to Images Installing a Graphics Tablet in GIMP Digital Art Hints, Tips and Further Help

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  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Springer Verlag GmbH; 1 edition (15 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430231688
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430231684
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 602,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but u tube better 19 April 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars GIMP book for beginner! 13 Aug 2012
By hjd - Published on
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!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 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
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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 :)
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great guide for the uninitiated 14 Nov 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars How-to ... from the beginning 30 Mar 2013
By Anna Erishkigal - Published on
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delivers as the title says. 23 Jun 2012
By Randai - Published on
As the title says its GIMP for Absolute Beginners.

I am not an absolute beginner in the sense of needing to be shown how to use an application or concepts such as that. So the chapters in the book on that weren't really suited for me, but would be very useful for an "Absolute Beginner".

Though where the book did really start to shine for my creatively dull mind, is the basics on image manipulation and why you'd even need to perform tasks on images.
As someone whom hadn't even touched a single image editing program and had suddenly been thrust into being required to do simple manipulations with images, I wish I had had a book at the time that could have given me a path along some concepts, instead of having to pester work colleagues for information all the time.

Though since I have moved onto different areas with work its not a day to day requirement for myself, so having a book on hand which can help me refresh on the most basic image manipulations is good for me.

Having a passing interest/hobby of game development I think the digital drawing with GIMP chapters will be of use when I get back into looking at different game engines (notably isometric graphics). Especially since there is a few tutorials/walkthroughs specifically to do with pixel graphics.

All in all, it delivers on the title, which in this day and age seems rare that you get what you are told you will get.
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