The Book of GIMP: A Complete Guide to Nearly Everything Paperback – 25 Jan 2013
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About the Author
Olivier Lecarme is a professor emeritus in computer science at the University of Nice, France. He has a doctorate in computer science. He has been a professor at the Universities of Grenoble, Montreal, Lausanne, and Nice, and has taught many aspects of computer science, including programming language fundamentals and graphics processing.
Karine Delvare is a web development consultant. She has a Masters in Computer Science, with a specialization in image and sound, and has collaborated on the GIMP development project. She lives in Mérignac, near Bordeaux, France.
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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.Read more ›
All in all, it does contain a lot of great info, but you are too often left in the dark about what you are actually doing with a certain step, and need to flick around the book too much.
It would be more useful if it was EITHER a pure reference book (i.e. i want to know what this tool does- so look it up in the index and read about it) OR a cover-to-cover tutorial style book where you work through doing various examples in order to gain a good understanding of how to do common tasks. This book is trying to be both and is a little muddled as a result. Still, as I say, it does contain most of the info you'll need to use the VAST depths of Gimp's functionality.
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.
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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Very comprehensive, covers everything you could possibly need. Easy to understand step-by-step format with loads of illustrations. You will never need another GIMP manual. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
Well worth the money,. Very clear instructive writing and learnt a lot more than reading through the Gimp manual online.Published 21 months ago by glentana
This is a great book for any one who wants to move from Photoshop to Gimp. The fact that you can download the exercise files so that you too can play along is a great bonus. Read morePublished on 25 Dec. 2013 by gordhandas
Excellent Manual makes open source graphics as good as the propietory leader. It has been uswd to improve variou websitesPublished on 12 Nov. 2013 by Bobsteam
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