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The Gimp Essential Reference Paperback – Nov 1999

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  • Paperback
  • 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

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GIMP, the Gnu Image Manipulation Program, is the freely available image editor and paint program that runs under UNIX or Linux. It offers many of the features of mainstream tools like Photoshop, and other features that the others lack. The GIMP Essential Reference is a valuable guide for anyone doing serious work with the GIMP. This little book covers the interface and tool sets, how the effects work, and how the GIMP handles layering and masking.

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.

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Gimp Essential Reference is designed to fulfill a need for the computer expert. It is made to bring someone experienced in computers up to speed with the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It provides essential information on using this program effectively. This book is targeted at the growing market of Linux users who want to efficiently use the Gimp. They may already be familiar with proprietary programs such as Adobe Photoshop or CorelDraw. Gimp Essential Reference will show users how to quickly become familiar with the advanced user interface using a table-heavy format that will allow users to find what they're looking for quickly. Gimp Essential Reference is for users working with the Gimp know what they want to accomplish, but don't know exactly how to do it. --This text refers to the Textbook Binding edition.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
could be much better 1 Aug. 2000
By djc - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Textbook Binding
New Riders publish a first class book on the Gimp {Grokking the GIMP); win some, lose some - this is another book. Whereas Grokking the Gimp concentrates on a few features and explains both in depth and with insight the Essential Reference aims to cover the entire application. That's fine, a useful complement, but it is not good enough merely to list all the options. A desk-top companion such as this needs to provide some background; tell me what is not obvious from trial and error clicking. Thus it is not very helpful on page 76 to tell me that there are compression and optimisation options for JPEG files, it would be helpful indicate under that heading (and not later on page 80) that >30-85% is the usable range. There is no explanation at all of what optimize does, and should a book about an open source application be so uncommitted to PNG? Three pages are wasted on a list of SANE scanners that even the author admits will be useless by the time the book is published. There are occasional insights in this book, but the overall impression is that it was written from the perspective of a Gimp hacker rather than a graphics program _user_. There is a need for a book like this but either New Riders need to produce a much improved second edition or some other publisher (O'Reilly?) will.
3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Finally, a rea manual 13 July 2000
By James K. Hoffman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Textbook Binding
I'm the kind of guy who likes to have a physical manual to wrap my mits around when looking for an answer. This is that book for the GIMP. It's all in here, and then some. Not *all* the features work, but the new release will be out soon, I hope, and then it'll be *erally* worth having. In the mean time, I have most of the answers I need in this volume.
5 of 18 people found the following review helpful
RE: version of the GIMP 9 Feb. 2000
By daysleeper75 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Textbook Binding
1.1.16 is the version that will become 1.2 when it is considered stable.
Just download and compile...
3 of 15 people found the following review helpful
version of the GIMP 8 Feb. 2000
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Textbook Binding Verified Purchase
This is not a review of the book "GIMP Essential Reference" as much as a comment. When you look closely at the cover of the book, you notice that it is for GIMP v1.2. I don't know about you, but the version that comes with RH 6.1 is v1.0.4. The current development version is v1.1.16. Where is version 1.2?
There seem to be numerous new features that are described which you cannot test out on the version of GIMP that you'll probably be using. Many of the features are desirable (e.g. the 4 color selection models).
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