- Publisher: New Riders Pub (Nov. 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0737509112
- ISBN-13: 978-0737509113
- Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 2.5 cm
The most valuable chapter is certainly "Writing Your Own Script-Fu". Script-Fu is the GIMP's scripting system, which is extremely powerful and flexible, allowing the one feature that makes the GIMP stand head and shoulders above the mainstream tools. Script-Fu is much more than a macro recorder. Images can be manipulated, effects can be controlled, and complex and repetitive tasks can be made painless. This feature is very popular with Web developers and Web administrators, who can use the GIMP for automatic creation of graphics.
Another stand-out chapter discusses how the GIMP handles non-native file formats like JPG, PSD (Photoshop's native format), GIF, and others. It also describes creating and using graphic formats for use on the Web--the right formats, the right colour palette, and using the GIMP to create GIF animations.
Two drawbacks come to mind when paging through the book: it does not include a CD-ROM, and it lacks colour plates. No doubt these help keep down production costs, but when an author writes about a graphics and painting program, one expects some colour examples (especially in the chapters that discuss colour manipulation.)
Still, this is a valuable reference guide for anyone making a break toward this open source graphics manipulation software. The reference chapters on the function definitions for scripting are a valuable asset, especially when you want to browse through it without sitting at a computer. --Mike Caputo, Amazon.com --This text refers to the Textbook Binding edition.