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on 20 August 1999
While this was not what I was hoping for, it is an excellent introduction to the GIMP. Basic concepts are covered in some detail, and more advanced topics are commented on (mostly, it seems, to give an idea of just how powerful this program really is). The author also frequently advises experimentation, which is really the only way to learn a program like this.
Especially useful (to me, anyway) was the admittedly brief coverage on how the GIMP differs from other equivalent programs, especially those from the Mac and Windows worlds.
If you want in-depth coverage of the GIMP's capabilities, this book isn't it. If you're just starting out with the GIMP, and enjoy tinkering with the available tools, check it out.
In fact, the only real flaw in this book is that it is written for release 1.0.0 of the GIMP; fortunately, most of the specific examples given can easily be adapted to current releases (I use the 1.1.8 developer's release and had no problems following the examples in the book).
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on 8 July 1999
Great place to start if you're new to Gimp. Not only explains how to use all of the menus and commands, but explains some computer graphics concepts as well, such as color palettes. Taking time to go through most of the tutorials helped a lot. A user- friendly book with lots of illustrations, nice layout, and clear, informal writing. The organization of the book will make it useful in the future as a reference. I highly recommended it to anyone who wants to learn the Gimp.
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on 12 June 1999
GIMP is an awesome program and this book gives you a good start into the GIMP world. Easy to read and a nice layout. This plus the author is from the Linux community with old school values makes it well worth the cost.
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on 25 May 1999
I wanted this book to help me step through examples of how to create images/logos from scratch. This book assumes that you already have an image that you want to modify. It also talks a lot about simple features that most people could figure out on their own.
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on 10 May 1999
Far more useful than the "Artist's Guide to the GIMP", at least for me.
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on 5 November 2016
good practical book, easy to understand
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