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GIMP Bible by [van Gumster, Jason, Shimonski, Robert]
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The most current and comprehensive desktop GIMP reference you′ll find!

Create dazzling digital graphics using GIMP

Edit photos, paint, create animation, batch process you can do it all with the free, open–source GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) and the instruction in this comprehensive GIMP Bible. This valuable book first introduces you to GIMP′s interface and tools, then clearly shows you how to manage an entire production pipeline and produce high–quality images. If you′re an artist, photographer, Web designer, or animator using GIMP, this is the book you need to succeed.

  • Find out what GIMP can and can′t do and master all of its tools

  • Learn to use layers, paths, channels, and colors effectively

  • Start painting in GIMP with improved paint dynamics

  • Master a slew of filters and masks and see how to automate tasks

  • Animate by hand or add effects to video with the GIMP Animation Package

  • Intelligently resize images with Liquid Rescale

  • Create custom effects with scripting and other advanced techniques

Companion Web Site
Find the latest GIMP updates, as well as support materials for the book′s tutorials and supplemental tutorials at wiley.com/go/GIMPBible.com. The site also includes links to the most current versions of GIMP plug–ins, tips on how to install them, and a blog where you can ask questions pertaining to the GIMP Bible.

  • Digital images are sampled into a grid of pixels
  • Control image desaturation with the Channel Mixer
  • Apply textures painted in GIMP to a character model
  • Use GIMP to create high–quality images
  • Learn all features, functions, and tools
  • Master default filters and common plug–ins

About the Author

Jason van Gumster is a production artist at Hand Turkey Studios, where he specializes in using open–source tools to produce animations and visual effects for television, film, and video games. In addition to GIMP, he is well–versed in a broad spectrum of open–source tools including Blender, Inkscape, Cinelerra, and Scribus.

Robert Shimonski is a senior–level systems and network engineer with over 15 years of production experience working with enterprise applications, systems, and solutions. He is an expert in Web and digital media.


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 18256 KB
  • Print Length: 770 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0470523972
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (4 Feb. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004NNV0OK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #583,058 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I bought this although there were no other reviews at the time - just to see what it was like. I also bought another GIMP book at the same time which I really like, but this one disappoints me.

It's hard to be hard but ...

The illustrations are in B&W which is ridiculous for a book about colour image processing; in many cases it is impossible to even imagine what the authors are trying to illustrate.

The links to the web site which supplements the book don't work!!

The style is dry - it's hard work and doesn't make you want to keep reading. I believe that this is because the authors have fallen into the trap of describing/explaining what the software does rather than how you can do what you want to do _with_ the software. Sadly, I have written several software instruction manuals that also fell into this trap - and I was told by my customers how unhelpful they found them.

The book is detailed and contains plenty of information and I am sure I will find it useful for reference, but I cannot recommend it as a first book on GIMP or to learn how to use GIMP.
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This is a very thorough guide to GIMP containing both theory and tutorials. The tutorials could be better explained and illustrated and it is not an easy slog, but perhaps that's more the result of GIMP's capabilities. There are not many GIMP guides available and this is certainly the best, and best value, I have seen.
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This is an excellent reference book. I can't imagine that anyone would read it cover to cover, but every function in GIMP is described an explained in detail, in an easy to understand language.
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I have been using GIMP to edit photos for my web applications and for our families to enjoy.
In the past I ave used Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro, but moving to Linux, Ubuntu and Mandriva Power Pack, I became acquainted with GIMP's ability to edit and create high quality images in Linux. This then persuaded me to use GIMP for all my cross-platform needs.
I did a search for books and found the GIMP Bible which was what I needed to help me use GIMP more fully. The other reason is that I already use another Bible the Linux Command Line and Scripting Bible, its a massive 809 pages and has increased my Linux skills more than I could have done unaided.

The GIMP Bible's 722 pages is a comprehensive and worthwhile investment for my cross-platform needs.
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