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    The Book of GIMP: A Complete Guide to Nearly Everything

    By Olivier Lecarme

    Brand: No Starch Press
    Paperback (676 pages)

    The Book of GIMP: A Complete Guide to Nearly Everything
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    GIMP is a free alternative to Adobe Photoshop with tons of professional-grade features. But with so many powerful tools and menu options, GIMP can be difficult to master. Whether you're struggling to get started or trying to master some of GIMP's more complex features, you'll find the answers you're looking for in The Book of GIMP.

    The tutorials in the first half of the book walk you through essential GIMP skills, like resizing and cropping images, touching up spots and scratches, and customizing your work area. Illustrated, step-by-step instructions show you how to:

    • Improve the lighting and composition of images
    • Remove distortions and noise to make old and damaged photos look like new
    • Create stunning panoramas and digital collages using a series of photos
    • Make, edit, and export custom textures, logos, and animated GIFs
    • Work with selections, channels, and masks to edit images like a pro
    • Create colorful digital art, layer by layer
    The book's second half offers a comprehensive reference to GIMP's many features, including color balancing, masks, filters, and plug-ins. You'll find tools described in unparalleled detail, with coverage of nearly every option and parameter.

    With illustrated tutorials and detailed references, The Book of GIMP is sure to become your one-stop guide to just about everything GIMP.

    GIMP 2.8 for Photographers: Image Editing with Open Source Software

    By Klaus Goelker

    Brand: Rocky Nook
    Paperback (400 pages)

    GIMP 2.8 for Photographers: Image Editing with Open Source Software
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    Image editing is a crucial element in the photographic workflow. Image editing tools, most notably Photoshop, are usually sophisticated and deep applications, and are fairly expensive. The only open source tool in this market is the GIMP, which has developed into a powerful, multiplatform system running on Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.

    GIMP 2.8 for Photographers is a beginner's guide to the only open source image editing tool that provides a no-cost alternative to expensive programs such as Photoshop. Topics include the new user interface and tools, the basics of image editing and simple adjustments, advanced techniques using layers and masks, developing RAW images, working with the improved text tool, and preparing high-quality black-and-white images. The most important editing functions are presented in individual, easy-to-follow workshops. A bonus section on the included DVD describes special techniques for web graphics.

    GIMP 2.8 for Photographers has evolved from classroom materials that the author developed and taught in courses and workshops on image editing with the GIMP.

    GIMP Bible

    By Jason van Gumster

    Paperback (722 pages)

    GIMP Bible
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    The ultimate reference and guide to the GNU image manipulation program

    GIMP is a free, Photoshop-like image manipulation program, and as its use grows, so does the demand for detailed instruction on how to get the very most out of it. GIMP Bible is the most comprehensive and current independent GIMP reference available that goes beyond official documentation.

    If you're a digital artist or photographer, the step-by-step explanations in this authoritative guide show you how to power-use GIMP throughout a production pipeline. Topics include understanding the GIMP interface and how to work with it, how to use all of GIMP's tools to create high-quality images, GIMP's default filters and plug-ins, advanced techniques for customization with Python and Scheme scripting, and much more.

    • GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a free graphics editor that runs on Linux, Windows, or Macs; it is used to process digital graphics and photographs including creating graphics and logos, resizing and cropping photos, altering colors, combining images, creating basic GIF animated images, and more
    • Whether you're a digital artist, professional photographer, or beginner, this detailed how-to shows you best practices, valuable techniques, and helpful tips for getting the most out of GIMP for your projects
    • Topics include the GIMP interface and how to work with it, in-depth description of GIMP's tools and how to use them to create high-quality images, a comprehensive reference for all of GIMP's default filters and common plug-ins, and advanced customization with Python and Scheme scripting

    Get the most out of this free image editing tool for your production pipeline with the GIMP Bible.

    Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

    How to GIMP

    By Katherine Landreth

    Three Dots Press
    Released: 2013-05-08
    Kindle Edition (339 pages)

    How to GIMP
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    Whether you're frustrated with technical jargon, confused by GIMP's layout or tools, or you just can't wrap your head around free GIMP tutorials, How to GIMP will help you learn GIMP without the headache.

    Read it on your Kindle or on your computer and devices using a Kindle App. Though it is possible to read the book on black and white only versions of Kindle, we recommend reading it with a device that supports color images, or on your desktop with a Kindle App.

    Start at the very beginning, setting up GIMP's interface to make it simple, and easy to use. Then, practice GIMP's basics like cropping pictures, and adjusting colors. After that, you'll graduate to GIMP's more advanced tools like Layers and Layer Masks.

    Get even more practice with GIMP by following ten tutorials for popular techniques, like making a photo black and white with a pop of color, and adding a drop shadow effect to text that's typed on a photo. These are cool techniques to learn, but even better, they'll actually help you learn how to use GIMP's tools and features in combination. And each tutorial comes at just the right time to refresh your memory, and let you get some practice using the tools you've learned.

    Since practice is so important, a free set of practice images is waiting for you at As you read the book, you can follow along with the practice photos to really get the most out of each chapter.

    It's easy to read, easy to understand, and easy to follow. Now, it's easy to learn GIMP.

    GIMP 2.8 Reference Manual 1/2: The GNU Image Manipulation Program

    By Gimp Documentation Team

    Samurai Media Limited
    Paperback (450 pages)

    GIMP 2.8 Reference Manual 1/2: The GNU Image Manipulation Program
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    GIMP is a multi-platform photo manipulation tool. GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. The GIMP is suitable for a variety of image manipulation tasks, including photo retouching, image composition, and image construction. GIMP has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc. GIMP is expandable and extensible. It is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything. The advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest task to the most complex image manipulation procedures to be easily scripted. One of The GIMP’s strengths is its free availability from many sources for many operating systems. Most GNU/Linux distributions include The GIMP as a standard application. The GIMP is also available for other operating systems such as Microsoft Windows or Apple’s Mac OS X (Darwin).
    This reference manual is based on the online manual. It contains only the first half of it due to physical book size restrctions. Chapter 1 to 15 are included in this volume. Chapter 16-18 and the Appendix are included in the second volume. To keep it consistent with the online manual we did not change the index or page numbering. It is highly suggested to get both volumes (1/2 and 2/2) together.

    GIMP for Beginners: Book Covers and Free Graphic Design (Self-publishing Series 2)

    By Brian Jackson

    Brian Jackson
    Released: 2013-02-02
    Kindle Edition (90 pages)

    GIMP for Beginners: Book Covers and Free Graphic Design (Self-publishing Series 2)
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    Learn the GIMP from the Ground Up

    In this book I'll show you how to use the Gnu Image Manipulation Program (GIMP), a free Photoshop like program, to produce professional looking, high quality graphics on a budget. The book uses the creation of book covers for self-publishing as the basis for demonstrating the use of the program. The techniques demonstrated can be used to create stunning graphics for any purpose including display on the Web.

    Now I Can use Gimp
    I downloaded Gimp a while back, but thought it would take me forever to figure out how to use it in my spare time. Now Brian comes along with this book and explains how to do the one thing I need to do most--design book covers! I don't have to sift through the entire software manual anymore. Brian gives the essential information and offers links to many great examples of book covers. This book is an excellent value for self-publishing authors who want to go beyond the Kindle Cover Creator without paying for expensive software like Photoshop.

    This book provides material suitable for the absolute beginner and includes information on how to install all required tools and resources. It then goes on to show you how to use those components to produce unique, professional looking, and high quality graphics suitable for use as book covers for self-publishing. The course includes information on graphic composition that can be used to cause the most important elements of your image to stand out.

    Note: I discuss the use of the GIMP on a PC running Microsoft Windows 7. If you're a Linux or Mac user, the GIMP is also available to you, and information in this book beyond installation should be fully applicable.

    Sell More of Anything with Professional Looking Graphics

    Though you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, the truth is that most people do exactly that. Why not produce the best impression you can by displaying stunning graphics mixed with text. Whether you're selling books or some other product, graphics that can capture the customer's attention will give you a leg up in differentiating yourself from your competition.

    This Book Includes Everything You Need to Know to Become Proficient with the GIMP

    1. Installing and Running the GIMP

    2. Creating a Simple Book Cover

    3. Working with Layers and Selections

    4. Loading Fonts and Using Font Effects

    5. Buying and Manipulating Inexpensive Images

    6. Creating Colored Boxes

    7. Using Layer Masks

    8. Sroking a Path

    9. Putting It All Together

    Learn to Create Stunning Book Covers and More

    Why focus on book covers? The course benefits from having a specific focus and I'm the most familiar with using the GIMP to create book covers. Besides, you only need to know the fundamentals of using the GIMP to produce book covers. Don't worry, you can still create amazing images for the Web and beyond using the basics of the GIMP.

    Informative. Nice to know!!
    Very informative and nice to know. Very useful for the beginner and advanced alike. Thank you for writing this book !!
    ---Ernie A.

    Expect to spend several days to weeks digesting all the information provided in this course.

    Start Today!

    Silly as it may seem, your book cover is the first characteristic of your book that is likely to distinguish you from the crowd. Why not spend some time learning how to produce a quality, professional looking book cover for your self-published work using free tools and inexpensive professional quality images?

    About the Author

    Hi, I'm Brian Jackson. I'm a self-published author, publisher, web site designer and cover creator for both myself and my wife, author Melanie Jackson. I originally began using the GIMP while working for Cisco Systems in the Silicon Valley.


    Beginning GIMP: From Novice to Professional (Expert's Voice in Open Source)

    By Akkana Peck

    Paperback (584 pages)

    Beginning GIMP: From Novice to Professional (Expert s Voice in Open Source)
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    The GIMP Version 2.4 will be released end of 2005. We’ll likely be first to market a book about the new version. Other books are pre-Version 2.4 and very outdated

    Takes a project-based approach. Reader will be taught through real-world examples and projects immediately applicable for their own work

    GIMP is an emerging technology in Open Source that has been making big headlines. Was used to make the Scooby-Doo movie and the official mascot of Linux (Tux)

    GIMP works on Mac OSX, Linux, and Windows. This book shows how to install it on each platform.

    GIMP for Absolute Beginners

    By Jan Smith

    Paperback (352 pages)

    GIMP for Absolute Beginners
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    GIMP for Absolute Beginners gives us an easy way to use the power of GIMP, and enjoy digital photography and graphics without worrying about application features.

    GIMP is a powerful open source graphics and digital imaging application with almost all the features of its proprietary counterpart, Photoshop. But many of us are photographers and artists first, and we like to use our tools without having to think about them too much. GIMP for Absolute Beginners gets us to this stage without patronising users who haven't used GIMP before.

    But what can we actually do with photos and graphical images? These questions are answered in a photo projects chapter as well as a chapter on digital painting: Starting with making small changes to photos and adding information to them to creating paintings and drawings without photographic input.

    GIMP for Absolute Beginners covers the newest version of GIMP, version 2.8, so you can be sure the book covers the latest GIMP features.

    **The print version of this book is black & white, but the ebook version is in color on color-enabled devices. **

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