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The Gnu Image Manipulation Program is one of the best image editors available--and it's free. It's part of every Linux distribution but also runs on any Unix. Divided into five parts, the book covers getting and installing The GIMP (a CD complete with GTK library and 200 filters is included), tools, concepts, filters and Script-Fu, and real world uses.

The tools, concepts and menus discussion is good, while the coverage of selections, layers and channels-the most confusing feature for new users though essential to tap into The GIMP's power--is excellent. There are a number of illustrative image editing and creation mini-tutorials, but a lot of the book is more about Linux than for creatives using the GIMP. For example, it starts with editing GIMP configuration files, has heavy coverage of Script-Fu, The GIMP's unfriendly scripting language, and the alternative Gimp-Perl. While most GIMP extensions are written as scripts, it isn't what most people do with The GIMP. Another example is the section on adding fonts. PostScript fonts is a fuss but adding TrueType fonts often involves adding a new font server. Getting this wrong can cripple your system--and is likely to confuse creative types. Similarly, the final 100 pages list The GIMP's procedural database as a reference for those creating scripts. Overall, this is a useful addition to the excellent free GIMP manual, but it does suffer from a confusion of purpose in mixing technical and programming aspects with image editing. --Steve Patient

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If GIMP can do it, you can do it too… Learn and master GIMP — the powerful, flexible, extensible graphics package for Linux — with the GIMP for Linux® Bible. This step–by–step guide covers everything from mastering the basics to working wonders with layers and customizing graphics for the Web. GIMP gurus share their insights and lead you through all the colorful nuances of digital imaging in Linux. Whether you're just beginning or a serious digital artist, you'll quickly learn to make all the powerful features of GIMP work for you! Inside, you'll find complete coverage of GIMP for Linux
  • Create icons, buttons, backgrounds, image maps, textures, and more
  • Use drop shadows, raised type, glowing images, and blends to create interesting effects
  • Discover how to clone, convert, merge, blend, link, and align layers
  • Utilize advanced features such as online batch processing and mass production image rendering
  • Modify images with GIMP's tiled memory image management system
  • Automate processes with Script–Fu, GIMP's full–featured scripting tool
  • Maximize the impact of your Web pages with stunning graphics
  • See all GIMP can do by exploring the 16 pages of full–color artwork
CD–ROM with GIMP "public" version 1.0.4 and developers version 1.1.14, plus:
  • GIMP Toolkit (GTK)
  • More than 200 GIMP plug–ins
  • Applications and script
  • Source code and images from the book
www.idgbooks.com System Requirements: Linux

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
A fair start, but weak where it counts 7 July 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a professional geek, I've ingested countless books covering computer hardware, administration, programming, and software packages. After getting my hands on the GIMP, and a copy of the "GIMP for Linux Bible", I thought I had everything I needed to start exploring the wonders of the GIMP.
Unfortunately, this book was not up to the task. While the first few chapters were adequate for explaining the basics of the GIMP's interface, the discussion of the more complex (and more useful) aspects of the GIMP (such as layers, channels, blending modes, etc.) was thoroughly obscure. After reading and rereading these sections, I became progressively more confused.
The many illustrations, presumably offered to clarify the muddy explanations in the text, are rendered nearly useless by being printed in black and white. Images intended to show differences in various layer operations and blending modes turn out virtually identical without color. After hours of frustration, I gave up and went shopping for another book.
A much better choice for those interested in becoming GIMP gurus is the excellent "Grokking the GIMP" (ISBN: 0735709246, also available here). After merely skimming the sections covering the topics which were incomprehensible in the "GIMP for Linux Bible", all of these concepts became immediately obvious. "Grokking the GIMP" is packed with clear, full-color graphics, which reinforce the straightforward yet thorough coverage of the text. Start your GIMP education here instead, and you'll be glad you did.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Not much new material 21 Oct. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I was hoping from the thickness of this book that it would have all sorts of useful information. It doesn't. It looks as though the author has simply gone through the Gimp's menus item by item and given a synopsis of each. There's very little material that is not already obvious.
Grokking the Gimp is a better choice; it goes through several projects to illustrate useful real-world techniques.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A fair start, but weak where it counts 7 July 2000
By Brian B. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a professional geek, I've ingested countless books covering computer hardware, administration, programming, and software packages. After getting my hands on the GIMP, and a copy of the "GIMP for Linux Bible", I thought I had everything I needed to start exploring the wonders of the GIMP.
Unfortunately, this book was not up to the task. While the first few chapters were adequate for explaining the basics of the GIMP's interface, the discussion of the more complex (and more useful) aspects of the GIMP (such as layers, channels, blending modes, etc.) was thoroughly obscure. After reading and rereading these sections, I became progressively more confused.
The many illustrations, presumably offered to clarify the muddy explanations in the text, are rendered nearly useless by being printed in black and white. Images intended to show differences in various layer operations and blending modes turn out virtually identical without color. After hours of frustration, I gave up and went shopping for another book.
A much better choice for those interested in becoming GIMP gurus is the excellent "Grokking the GIMP" (ISBN: 0735709246, also available here). After merely skimming the sections covering the topics which were incomprehensible in the "GIMP for Linux Bible", all of these concepts became immediately obvious. "Grokking the GIMP" is packed with clear, full-color graphics, which reinforce the straightforward yet thorough coverage of the text. Start your GIMP education here instead, and you'll be glad you did.
Gimp for Linux Bible 26 Mar. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is great. You need some background as to what you are looking for, but if you have the right question this book can answer anything. It givs any level of insight from beginner to expert with examples. Great!
Reivew of Gimp manual 12 Mar. 2013
By Chris Toliver - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A mainstay for Linux enthusiasts. I personally
do not use the latest and greatest features.
So this fairly dated reference serves my needs.

The book arrived promptly and is in great shape.
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