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  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Springer Verlag GmbH; 2012 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: 837,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jan Smith has been taking photos for more than 20 years; her photos have been reproduced in a range of media. In 2000 she studied digital imaging at the Adelaide Central School of Art and moved from the darkroom to digital editing with relief. Jan discovered GIMP nine years ago while volunteering at Computerbank (a company that refurbishes donated computers and sells them cheaply to low income people to help bridge the digital gap). Jan has assisted hundreds of low-income people become familiar with computers loaded with open-source software. She has developed a solid grasp of the way beginners learn to use software. Jan has worked as a technical writer for Infrae in the Netherlands and for companies using open-source software in Australia. She was elected Vice President of the Zope Foundation in 2010. She has a background in radio journalism, technology and production, and is the assistant manager of 3ZZZ, Australia s largest multilingual community radio station. Jan brought open-source software into 3ZZZ to improve the not-for-profit organization s workflows.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeanette Jenkinson on 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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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
GIMP book for beginner! 13 Aug. 2012
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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!
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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.

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.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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 :)
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Really helpful 20 July 2013
By Phillip Dallas - Published on
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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.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Great guide for the uninitiated 14 Nov. 2013
By Matt R. - Published on
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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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