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Great Graphics with GIMP [Paperback]

David D. Busch

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With more than a million copies of his 100-plus books in print, David D. Busch is the world's #1 selling author of camera-specific guidebooks, and the originator of popular series like David Busch's Pro Secrets, David Busch's Quick Snap Guides, and David Busch's Guides to Digital SLR Photography.

His twelve hugely successful books for Nikon digital cameras are the top-selling guidebooks for their respective camera models. He has also written the most comprehensive and best-selling guides for many different models from Canon, Sony, Pentax, and other vendors.

Busch's dozens of other books devoted to digital photography include Digital SLR Cameras and Photography for Dummies, David Busch's Digital Infrared Pro Secrets and Mastering Digital SLR Photography. As a roving photojournalist for more than 20 years, he illustrated his books, magazine articles, and newspaper reports with award-winning images. Busch has operated his own commercial studio, suffocated in formal dress while shooting weddings-for-hire, and shot sports for a daily newspaper and upstate New York college.

The graduate of Kent State University in Ohio operated his own photo studio and was a principal in one of the largest public relations firms based in San Diego, California, working on press conferences, press kits, media tours, and sponsored photo trade magazine articles for clients including Eastman Kodak Company and Hewlett-Packard. Busch has published more than 2000 photography articles under his by-line in more than 100 different publications. His photos have appeared on the covers of magazines, and in both print and television advertising.

Busch has become one of the leading photojournalist/authors worldwide. He has had as many as five books appear simultaneously in the Top 25 Digital Photography Books, and when Michael Carr of named the top five digital photography books for beginners, the #1 and #2 choices were his Digital Photography All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies and Mastering Digital Photography.

Busch was a featured guest speaking on digital photography on Toronto's Breakfast Television show, has been a call-in guest for more than two dozen radio shows in major US markets, and his advice has been featured in the United States' National Public Radio's All Things Considered programme. His work has been translated into Arabic, Czech, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Bulgarian, German, Italian, French, and other languages. Busch's web site is, and his blog can be found at

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally a book about the new version! 28 Feb 2000
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I've been using GIMP 1.1.9 through 1.1.15 for a long time, and all the books I found dealt with GIMP 1.0.4, which is a couple years old and has fewer features and a different interface. I was really glad to see a book that will be current with version 1.2 when it finally comes out. This one has a great mix of introductory material and more advanced tips. It doesn't try to cover every esoteric feature that no one ever uses. If you want a comprehensive but confusing guide, the Gimp User Manual does that. But if you just want to learn how to use GIMP to get good graphics, this book does the job.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good intro. to GIMP, but severely outdated 23 Aug 2005
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This is a very good guide to the basics of GIMP. However, it is important to note that this book is severely outdated. GIMP, being part of the GNU, is constantly changing, and many times I found myself struggling to find a button or executable action that was either moved, replaced, or removed in newer versions of the GIMP.

David Bush's style is also quite wordy and may be difficult to follow for many readers. In short, if you are interested in learning the GIMP, I would suggest getting another book unless you are planning to struggle with this book.

GIMP is a great program and I use it instead of Adobe becuase, well, it's free! I highly recommend anyone dissatisfied with Adobe's performance to get a good book along with the GIMP. You will not be disappointed with the GIMP. However, please look for another book becuase this book will not help you unless you are running a very old version of the GIMP.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not much help as a reference or tutorial 29 Nov 2000
By tagger9 - Published on
As a beginner to the GIMP, I was disappointed with this book. Its almost as if the author were "writing aloud" to you as he skimmed through the menus. It falls short as a tutorial, and it isn't nearly comprehensive enough to be called a reference. I found "GIMP - The Official Handbook" from Coriolis Open Press to be much more useful and detailed, and I suspect there may be other GIMP books which are better still.
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