Beginning GIMP: From Novice to Professional, Second Edition (Beginning from Novice to Professional)
Description:Author Akkana Peck demonstrates the usage of layer masks in GIMP with a little help from Tux.
From first installation to advanced image manipulation techniques, Beginning GIMP: From Novice to Professional, Second Edition explains how anyone can utilize The GIMP: a free, open source image manipulation program. You will learn how to install The GIMP on Windows, Linux, and MacOS X platforms. Once you?ve installed the application, you?ll learn about the interface and configuration options, and then jump into a quick and simple project to familiarize yourself.
With four?color graphics and screenshots throughout, you?ll learn how to prepare camera images for display on web pages?including processes like rescaling, cropping, and balancing color. Utilizing layers, paths, and masks are also covered in extensive detail. Of course, you will also learn how to draw lines and shapes; utilize patterns and gradients; and even create your own brushes, patterns, and gradients.
GIMP expert and author Akkana Peck teaches you how to touch up digital photographs, smudging away blemishes, fixing red?eye, and stitching panoramic images. You?ll learn how to tap into the powerful filters, effects, and plug?ins that are available for The GIMP and automate tasks using scripts. The entire book is approached in a project?based manner, and as you progress, numerous projects will help strengthen your newly acquired abilities.What you?ll learn Install The GIMP on Windows, Linux, and Mac OSX. Explore the interface and configuration options. Prepare your camera images for use on the Web, including rescaling, cropping, and balancing color. Learn basic techniques such as drawing lines and shapes, utilizing patterns, and making use of gradients. Master advanced techniques such as layers, paths, and masks. Create your own brushes, patterns, and gradients. Discover tricks for fixing blemishes, removing redeye, and stitching together panoramic images.
Who is this book for?
This book is for graphics designers, digital photographers, and hobbyists. It?s is aimed at those who need to utilize a full?featured image manipulation program but don?t have hundreds of dollars to pay for Photoshop. The GIMP is also the preferred image manipulation application for the open source advocate. The GIMP is available on Windows, Linux, and Mac OSX.About the Apress Beginning Series
The Beginning series from Apress is the right choice to get the information you need to land that crucial entry?level job. These books will teach you a standard and important technology from the ground up because they are explicitly designed to take you from ?novice to professional.? You?ll start your journey by seeing what you need to know?but without needless theory and filler. You?ll build your skill set by learning how to put together real?world projects step by step. So whether your goal is your next career challenge or a new learning opportunity, the Beginning series from Apress will take you there?it is your trusted guide through unfamiliar territory!
Another excellent guide to using GIMP for everyone,
from beginners to experts.
Well set out, with clear and comprehensive step-by-step
instructions, this book is an excellent source of information
on GIMP for users of all levels.
Very useful and easy to read!
This book is great for anyone who wants to better understand the art of image improvement! Without this book, I would still be struggling to understand GIMP. I have also found this book very useful when working with my favorite program, krita.
An excellent guide!
Note: this book should recieve 10 stars.
A Good Friking Book
I'm the finger in front of lens kind of guy. I point, I shoot. Red eye shots, crooked shots, etc I have in abundance. It looks like I can fix these, so I don't look like the boob I am, but GIMP isn't all that intuitive to this kid. This book walks you right through that. The sequence seems logical and there's examples, which work miracles for guys like me. It's just a good, freaking book of howto's.
I'm not a pro at this but,,,,,,,,.
,,this book is packed with more than I can possibly use.
As the front cover says it starts at the novice level and is easily readable.
I'm still in the beginning pages so cannot give it a through review but this book will no doubt get quite a bit of use.
Service from Amazon can't faulted either.
One of the Best!
I have had this book for a couple years now and I still refer to it. I read someone else's review that gave the book 3 stars with his major complaint being that this was not a reference book. I do not necessarily agree with that opinion but I would concur that this is a type of book that you want to set down and read throughly and then use it as reference book. There is an awful lot to learn from in there ;-) The book is worth every penny!