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Instant GIMP Starter [Paperback]

Fazreil Amreen
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Book Description

25 Jan 2013

Learn the basics of GIMP through practical examples


  • Learn something new in an Instant! A short, fast, focused guide delivering immediate results.
  • Use GIMP features to draw and color images.
  • Make a precise infographic.
  • Compose multiple pictures in an image.

In Detail

Image manipulation is being used by professionals all over the world. Beautiful pictures can be achieved by combining technology with art. GIMP. the GNU Image Manipulation Program, makes them accessible to everyone. GIMP is. With it, anyone can express their emotional and intellectual capability in a new dimension.

"Instant GIMP Starter" is a book that provides a new generation of artists with new techniques and tools in a comprehensive format. A range of task from drawing simple images to composing multiple pictures in an image are covered in this book.

This book walks you through the journey of learning various tools and gets the reader to create exciting artworks, one after another.

Although the book focuses on each step of producing wonderful effects with GIMP to anyone with basic computer skills, it also delivers information that can be used for school projects or corporate presentations. You will have a set of great photos when you learn how to apply special effects.

You will have amazing tools to work with to satisfy your creativity and an endless chain of beautiful images you never knew you could come up with.

What you will learn from this book

  • Draw an image from scratch.
  • Color images on canvas.
  • Manage your images with layers.
  • Draw a graph precisely.
  • Shade your images with gradient effects.
  • Scale, transform, and rotate images.
  • Use filters to beautify the image.
  • Make a dinosaur appear in your picture.


Get to grips with a new technology, understand what it is and what it can do for you, and then get to work with the most important features and tasks. A Starter guide which helps you practically start with GIMP through plenty of examples and screenshots.

Who this book is written for

This is an excellent handbook for anyone who would like to start drawing using their computers. The approach used within this book is objective so that readers from any age will be able to learn the process. The setup is so basic that you will need only a computer and a very minimal amount of computer literacy to start using this book.

Product details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (25 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782160345
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782160342
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 18.5 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Fazreil Amreen

Fazreil Amreen is a kind of person who would say hi to you when you walk past him. He lives in the beautiful country of Malaysia.

Fazreil Amreen loves to exhibit art through his works. According to him, he is going to "make it big" wherever he goes. Being a video game player since the 8-bit era, Fazreil enjoys challenging games and his motto is that "nothing can stop him" in his virtual life.

Currently Fazreil is working at MIMOS Berhad, the national R&D organization. He got exposed to multiple disciplines of technology there and is proud to be a Software Configuration Management Engineer there. He chose open source to fill in the gaps of automation in his work. Apart from his daily development job, he also works to produce papers for conferences and new innovations.

At home, Fazreil lives with his parents Abdul Jalil and Farida Hanim together with his sister Fazreen Dharleila. He is thankful to have such a supporting family. He can't help but mention his cats who cause chaos and sniff his food.

Fazreil is active on Twitter and Facebook, where he checks out new stuff about his friends and new trends. You can reach him at @fab52 or

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Overview 13 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I first played with the GIMP under Linux many years ago but because of Adobe and their "Cloud" stuff, decided that it was time to take another look and this is an excellent reference source for it. I bought it as a Kindle ebook so that I could run it on a netbook whilst I work on the actual program on a full size PC and screen without cluttering it up.

Because I am very familiar with Photoshop, the broad concepts behind the GIMP I am totally at ease with which includes just why you would use the program in the first place. My personal need was to find any differences in the way the software handled things so for me, this book delivered on what I wanted. Although I cannot say hand on heart that this would be a great book for someone coming fresh to the concept because 'experts' often take things for granted that can be daunting to 'beginners', I think that it could do that job too and it is good value for money.
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3.0 out of 5 stars gimp 17 May 2013
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service was excellent but have trouble understanding how to work the programme. Still playing around with it. may one day be able to use it
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2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been much better 19 April 2013
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It was far less than I expected. The explanations in his examples to follow were poorly written and left out some key details. I learned more just clicking on buttons to see what happens and using YouTube. My one useful takeaway was the use of layers. Use them for every little detail.
2.0 out of 5 stars Lacked Essential Explainations 21 Mar 2014
By RC - Published on
I agree with David LeBlanc's review. The author glosses over the basics. For example, the author starts the book with his own hand sketched image of a boy wearing a backpack. The sketch was scanned and saved into its own file. The file was added to a transparent layer in GIMP. He doesn't explain anything about how it was scanned (format, alpha layer, etc). So how do you follow along without that file? Answer: You don't. The author skips over the process of selecting portions of the sketch and adding each part to it's own layer. He just tells you to create the layers and then displays a screen shot of the Layers window with the individual layers. If I knew how to create multiple layers, I wouldn't be reading this book if the first place.

Just YouTube GIMP tutorial for beginners and save yourself some money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars beginner intro to nonsilver photography 5 Mar 2014
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intro to a free website on non silver printing,a source of information on the how and why on paper negatives..
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