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The Book of Inkscape: The Definitive Guide to the Free Graphics Editor
The Book of Inkscape: The Definitive Guide to the Free Graphics Editor
by Dmitry Kirsanov
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Use Inkscape?... then you need this book!, 31 Aug 2013
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No Starch Press produce some of the best reference books for Free Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) applications available, and 'The Book of Inkscape' is no exception. The book guides you through the essential elements of Inkscape in a hands-on way which gives you plenty of those "I didn't know you could do that!" moments... in fact you often find that you've abandoned the book for an hour or two while you play around with what you've just learned!

Besides providing a great introduction to the software - and offering some tutorials to get you started - this is a great reference book to have to hand while you're working... and I *mean* working. I offer an affordable design service to local charities and start-up businesses and although I have access to both Illustrator and CorelDraw I've found myself using Inkscape 90% of the time. What's more with HTML5's SVG capabilities web designer's will find Inkscape's XML Editor (which I was introduced to via this book) really useful.

All in all, probably the best book currently available for this increasingly important piece of software.


The Artist's Guide to GIMP: Creative Techniques for Photographers, Artists, and Designers (Covers GIMP 2.8)
The Artist's Guide to GIMP: Creative Techniques for Photographers, Artists, and Designers (Covers GIMP 2.8)
by Michael J. Hammel
Edition: Paperback
Price: 24.58

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get inspired!, 31 Aug 2013
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Whereas Olivier Lecarme and Karine Delvare's 'The Book of GIMP' (also from No Starch Press) is the most comprehensive book on GIMP currently available, Michael J. Hammel's 'The Artist's Guide to GIMP' is perhaps one of the most inspirational. It uses a series of projects to introduce the key elements of the world's best free bitmap design software, each of which have been cleverly designed to fuel your own creative juices. Above everything else this book proves beyond doubt that GIMP is not simply a poor-man's Photoshop (although with Adobe forcing people into a cloud based subscription this is not a bad thing!), it is a powerful creative tool which can breathe new life into your photography and graphic design projects.


The Book of GIMP: A Complete Guide to Nearly Everything
The Book of GIMP: A Complete Guide to Nearly Everything
by Olivier Lecarme
Edition: Paperback
Price: 30.29

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most comprehensive guide to GIMP available, 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.


Mythmakers and Lawbreakers: Anarchist Writers on Fiction
Mythmakers and Lawbreakers: Anarchist Writers on Fiction
by Margaret Killjoy
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.36

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams..., 10 Nov 2009
There are several ways in which you can tell that you are reading an important book...

1. You wish that you read it when you were younger.
2. You wish that YOU wrote/created it.
3. It inspires you to change the direction that your life is taking.

'Mythmakers & Lawbreakers' ticks all of these boxes.

There is a quote from one of the writers featured in the book which is very relevant to the book itself; in 'Swamp Thing' Alan Moore says...

"There are people. There are stories. The people think they shape the stories, but the reverse is often closer to the truth."

...this book reminds us how true that statement is. It also reminds us that we need new stories/myths if we are to get beyond the current impasse of climate change, social-injustice and hyper-materialism. From a writers point of view it also illustrates the fact that even the best writers still suffer from the doubt and alienation which so desperately stifles human freedom.

If you're a comic fan, buy this book. If you're a sci-fi and/or fantasy fan, buy this book. If you're a political activist, buy this book. Hell, if you're human, BUY THIS BOOK!


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