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  • Paperback: 676 pages
  • Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (25 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593273835
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593273835
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 18 x 3.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Muffin on 16 April 2013
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So you got tired of paying for Photoshop. You looked around and found that GIMP was used by many across the world to achieve the same sort of things. You were surprised perhaps that GIMP is not often talked about in the glossy books and articles about image processing and wondered whether therefore it was ever a serious contender. Then you downloaded it, installed it and tried it. Its unfamiliarity was a little disconcerting but you found a way round the absolute basics and then hit obstacles that required some new learning. You asked around and started to pick up advice from helpful forums and began to realise that the world of "free" software is welcoming and worthwhile. But maybe that advice was not as comprehensive as you'd hoped; it was coming piecemeal and somewhat unauthoratatively from different sources and you began to think that you needed a more formalised helping hand.

Well if that's the position you are in let me recommend this book because here's a labour of love that's been produced by two authors who have completed an immense task of cataloguing and detailing so much of what you need to know about using GIMP in its latest manifestation. It will take you through a sequence in its first section to properly "learn GIMP", provide you with a reference section which details all the menu items in the second section as well as providing an appendix which covers tricky areas like installation, tips, hints and resources.

So it's a book to keep close at hand while you are working with the software.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 21 May 2013
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I found this book very clearly written with excellent examples of what can be achieved using GIMP. I only give 4 stars as I would have liked an opportunity to work through some of the photo manipulation examples presented but there is no companion CD or (as far as I can tell) no website to download the images to work with. (My own pictures do not always behave they way the book suggests they should). I still think it was money well spent and recommend the book to anyone using or planning to use GIMP.
Update. I have increased the rating to 5 star as I have discovered a source for the images for the worked example. http://the-book-of-gimp.blogspot.co.nz/ This is a useful companion for the book for others who are just starting out with GIMP.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Warren Draper on 31 Aug 2013
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As with every other book I've bought from No Starch Press so far, his a very well thought out book. The first half consists of tutorials to get you up to speed and the second half is an incredibly comprehensive reference manual covering everything except GIMP's numerous third-party scripts (plug-in filters, effects, brushes, etc.)... although it does introduce the most useful ones from the GIMP Registry.

Whatever level you're at you will find this book very useful to have around. It has inspired me to start a range of workshops in my local area which have been designed to introduce photographers and designers to this powerful - and FREE! - piece of software.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. James Slinger on 13 Nov 2013
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GIMP is the best known and most fully featured open source editing programme for digital photographs and is highly recommended. It is a good book but, in my opinion, it is more suitable as a follow-on book rather than an introductory one. In particular, a lot of space is devoted to detailed examination of the menus of GIMP's multitude of editing tools. As I stand at this moment, the book is bit too advanced but if I progress (fond hope!), I expect that this book will become my principal helpmate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ingahil on 26 Oct 2013
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The book disappoints. It seems to be based on the notion that the reader is little more than one of the apes of Tarzan. Thus example after example is given in the book, appraently on the firm didactic idea of "Monkey See, Monkey Do" as the height of teaching skills. You are supposed to play around and work out why the various parameters and dialogs and commands and options blah blah blah work as they do. OK. I am supposed to work it all out by myself? So why do I need to spend a hefty sum of money to buy this learned tome? The authors really should have had the courage to devote much of the book to the theoretical ideas underpinning the art and science of computer graphics in terms of the GIMP. Online tutorials for PHOTOSHOP have grasped this idea and I have often had to turn to these to understand what the Book of GIMP was midegring on about. The Authors of this book are clearly Michelangelos and Da Vincis of GIMP. But displaying one's own mastery of the art is supposed to teach art? Are new motor vehicle drivers enjoined to watch Formula 1 racing and then play around and work it all out or do they attend a driving school where step by step instructions, theory and practical examples go hand in hand? . Right...so, read Einstein's Theory of Relativity apply for Chief Scientist at the local nuclear energy plant...
The Book of GIMP (like the GIMP Bible) enumerates and lists innumerable features of the software. These features are well listed for free online. Taking money from unsuspecting punters for what is freely available online is not very nice. Although video tutorials on YouTube generally feature incoherent and inarticulate "teachers", many of them very nicely do the job that the "Book of GIMP" so blissfully ignores - i.e. to simplify concepts, put them across, help understanding, enlighten not befuddle bamboozle and bemuse - instead there are endless cookbook type recipes-do this and set this and click here and see?
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