GIMP 2.6 for Photographers: Image Editing with Open Source Software Paperback – 7 Feb 2011
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About the Author
Klaus Goelker is an architect and photographer who lives and works in Munich, Germany. He also teaches courses on image editing at a local art school. He chose GIMP to teach this class because it was free and yet powerful enough to do serious photographic image editing.
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He has starting using the basic tools and has already commented at how it has expained the basics of histograms, tone, changing lighting and simple manipulation.
He loves it!
Great book for Newbies to Gimp 2.6!
The book is very comprehensive and detailed. It is organised as a series of exercises (with the necessary sample images and other resources available from the included DVD). The material is well and clearly explained and the exercises are covered in a clear, step by step approach. They tend to start off with very detailed hand-holding and then the hand-holding is withdrawn as things progress and the instructions become somewhat terser. I rather like this approach - it avoids becoming patronising which is one of the pitfalls of this sort of detailed step by step approach.
Its subtitle is "Image editing with Open Source Software" and it does indeed cover several other pieces of software in some detail, particularly the raw converters UFRaw and RawTherapee. The DVD includes copies of GIMP and the other pieces of Open Source software mentioned.
It starts off with the basics of loading and saving images, cropping, resizing and various basic touching up: colour correction, removing spots and scratches, sharpening, etc. There is extensive coverage of working with scanned images, which I find particularly useful as I have an extensive collection of 35mm slides and need to deal with these from time to time when organising materials for talks.
A number of common filters are covered in some detail for things like red-eye removal, perspective and lens distortion correction, frames and vignetting and dealing with under- and over-exposure.Read more ›
In my view the book is good up to and including section 3.2 removing red eye. But once it begins on use of layers I find it becomes more and more confusing. For example it starts using the term 'alpha channel' without explaining in simple terms what this is, even though it is a crucial part of GIMP. I had to look it up on the internet, print the information off and stick it in the book.
For me things really got confusing with the section 3.6 Freshening up a Dull Sky. I have tried about 5 times to understand this and still can't get the worked example to work.
This is all the more frustrating because it was precisely because I wanted to understand layers and how to use them that I asked for the book.
I can only hope that the updated version on version 2.8 is much, much better on this aspect
Most Recent Customer Reviews
GIMP is not just any old open-source software. It is one of the best, in many respects a genuine challenge to PhotoShop. And this book is an excellent companion to its subject. Read morePublished on 6 Mar. 2013 by Mr Phil Coleman
This book is well printed and bound. It can be used as an excellent structured learning course and then as an useful reference manual. Read morePublished on 5 Jun. 2012 by Amazon Customer
Excellent all round guide a to a cheaper sort of photo editing software. And the program itself is free to download!Published on 28 Jun. 2011 by harrioak
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