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    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.

    The Artist's Guide to GIMP, 2nd Edition: Creative Techniques for Photographers, Artists, and Designers

    By Michael Hammel

    Brand: No Starch Press
    Released: 2012-06-12
    Paperback (320 pages)

    The Artist s Guide to GIMP, 2nd Edition: Creative Techniques for Photographers, Artists, and Designers
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    As a full-featured, free alternative to Adobe Photoshop, GIMP is one of the world's most popular open source projects. The latest version of GIMP (2.8) brings long-awaited improvements and powerful new tools to make graphic design and photo manipulation even easier—but it's still a notoriously challenging program to use.

    The Artist's Guide to GIMP teaches you how to use GIMP without a tedious list of menu paths and options. Instead, as you follow along with Michael J. Hammel's step-by-step instructions, you'll learn to produce professional-looking advertisements, apply impressive photographic effects, and design cool logos and text effects. These extensively illustrated tutorials are perfect for hands-on learning or as templates for your own artistic experiments.

    After a crash course in GIMP's core tools like brushes, patterns, selections, layers, modes, and masks, you'll learn:
      Photographic techniques to clean up blemishes and dust, create sepia-toned antique images, swap colors, produce motion blurs, alter depth of field, simulate a tilt-shift, and fix rips in an old photo
      Web design techniques to create navigation tabs, icons, fancy buttons, backgrounds, and borders
      Type effects to create depth, perspective shadows, metallic and distressed text, and neon and graffiti lettering
      Advertising effects to produce movie posters and package designs; simulate clouds, cracks, cloth, and underwater effects; and create specialized lighting

      Whether you're new to GIMP or you've been playing with this powerful software for years, you'll be inspired by the original art, creative photo manipulations, and numerous tips for designers.

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    The Book of GIMP: A Complete Guide to Nearly Everything

    By Olivier Lecarme

    No Starch Press
    Released: 2013-01-12
    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 Reference Manual: The GNU Image Manipulation Program

    By Gimp Documentation Team

    12th Media Services
    Paperback (906 pages)

    GIMP 2.8 Reference Manual: 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).

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    The Ultimate GIMP Guide: Learn Professional photo editing

    By Bernard 't Hooft

    CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
    Paperback (240 pages)

    The Ultimate GIMP Guide: Learn Professional photo editing
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    Have you always wanted to do the things the pro's are doing? Now you can! In ’The Ultimate GIMP 2.8 Guide’ you will learn professional photo editing, retouching, and e-book cover design in GIMP 2.8 in easy steps. The book starts from the very beginning, so when you are new to photo editing, that's no problem! The book starts with installing and configuring GIMP 2.8 to make it look and act as Photoshop. Then all aspects of photo editing are covered, and no stone will be left unturned! Everything will be shown in easy to follow steps. You will learn how to improve and correct photographs professionally, and how to work with layers. You’ll learn how to crop images, how to resize images, how to save images for web, how to save images for print, and how to make PDF's. You will learn professional retouching, like skin retouching with frequency separation, Liquify (for example to make someone thinner), how to let the program remove objects, and how to remove objects with the clone and heal tool. You will learn how to use masks, and how to make selections. In Chapter 5 we will go in to making professional selections with just a single click (this is not possible in Photoshop!) using the patented 'U-point technology'. The U-point technology is delivered by the Google Nik Collection, a professional high-end photo editing ‘’plug-in’’ suite, used by professional photographers. The Google Nik Collection and its intregration into GIMP will be discussed in its whole. So in addition to gaining great expertise in GIMP, this book will also cover the complete Google Nik Collection. We’ll download and install the software, together with a special plugin that will let you work with the Google Nik Collection from out of GIMP. You will learn how to create black and white images at a professional level with the most powerful black and white plugin on the market, and you will learn how to to sharpen images and remove noise. We´ll look at making vignettes, and HDR photography. We´ll look at the use of text, kerning text, and how to make eye-catching book covers. You’ll learn everything about all the powerful blending modes, and the practical use of each blending mode will be shown and explained. You’ll learn how to select hair, how to use and make patterns and gradients, and how to use and adjust a tablet. You will learn everything about brushes. How to create brushes yourself, the many special effects you can create with brushes (e.g. to create a flock of birds with just a single stroke, or to create grunge textures), and how to download free creative brushes. We will look at a popular skin retouching technique used by professionals called ‘’frequency separation’’, and different methods for dodging and burning (selectively darkening and lightening of an image). We will discuss color theory, and it’s direct connenction to the ways color is manipulated in photo manipulation programs. We’ll discover creative filters that bring a different look and feel to your image. This book also comes with 8 hours of HD video. At the video platform you can ask me questions personally, which I will answer within 48 hours! I hope to meet you in the discussion forum. The book and course are created for the Windows (7,8,10) user. With some extra steps however, the Mac and Linux user can also follow along. Have a Mac / Linux? Contact me at the platform! The book has been printed in black and white to keep the price as low as possible. Although black and white doesn't compromise the learning experience, you will also get a Full Color PDF of the book. With the video course all learning material (images, plugins etc.) is included! I hope to meet you at the platform! About the writer: Bernard 't Hooft has over 15 years of experience with professional photo editing, and teaches photo editing at the VolksUniversiteit in the Netherlands. He has gathered his knowledge into a bestselling GIMP 2.8 e-learning course and accompanying book, and has over 14,000 students.

    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

    Released: 2012-03-20
    Paperback (344 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. What you'll learn Learn how to install GIMP and navigate its interface Improve image quality with GIMP Increase your design prowess Have fun with digital painting projects Who this book is for Hobbyists, occasional designers, enthusiastic photographers, graphical design amateurs, and beginning illustrators. Table of Contents What is GIMP? Finding and Installing GIMP Getting to Know the GIMP Work Area Basic Computer Graphics in GIMP Editing the whole Image Improving Photos Working on Parts of an Image Photo Projects Adding to Images Installing a Graphics Tablet in GIMP Digital Art Hints, Tips and Further Help

    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 Bible

    By Jason van Gumster

    Paperback (722 pages)

    GIMP Bible
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    The ultimate reference and guide to the GNU image manipulationprogram

    GIMP is a free, Photoshop-like image manipulation program, andas its use grows, so does the demand for detailed instruction onhow to get the very most out of it. GIMP Bible is the mostcomprehensive and current independent GIMP reference available thatgoes beyond official documentation.

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

    • GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a free graphics editorthat runs on Linux, Windows, or Macs; it is used to process digitalgraphics 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, orbeginner, this detailed how-to shows you best practices, valuabletechniques, and helpful tips for getting the most out of GIMP foryour 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 createhigh-quality images, a comprehensive reference for all of GIMP'sdefault filters and common plug-ins, and advanced customizationwith Python and Scheme scripting

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

    Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials arenot included as part of eBook file.

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