Beginning GIMP: From Novice to Professional / Edition 2

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Overview

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!

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All along, the author gives interesting tit-bits on various aspects of image creation and modification which would be eye openers for most people who are getting introduced to the art of graphics manipulation. Reading the book, I was able to get valuable insights into different aspects of image editing such as antialiazing, hinting text and such, which plays an important part in creating good graphics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781430210702
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 12/17/2008
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 557
  • Sales rank: 969,833
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Akkana Peck is a freelance software developer and writer who has been working with open source software for nearly 20 years. She has worked for a diverse collection of companies including Netscape, Silicon Graphics, Sun Technologies, Hewlett Packard, and Apple, and has written imaging software ranging from GIMP plug-ins, to cartography, to scientific visualization. Akkana is a longtime member of the GIMP community and enjoys giving GIMP courses and presentations, as well as filling up her hard drive with digital images. She lives in San Jose, California with her husband and a motley assortment of old computers. You can find more of her musings at ShallowSky.com.
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  • Posted March 10, 2009

    An easy-to-read, fairly complete introduction to image processing with GIMP

    An extremely large amount of the information we get on a daily basis comes from what we see. Imagery is therefore very important to those who want to communicate with us. When computers had advanced enough to be able to process images in a digital fashion, the market opened up for programs that could manipulate them in many ways. While many professionals would opt for the paid programs, there is a free alternative: GIMP (Gnu Image Manipulation Program). The only stumbling block is learning how to use it properly. That is where citeBeginning GIMP: From Novice to Professional, Second Editioncite by Akkana Peck comes in.

    One thing that strikes you as you open the book is the extensive use of color. Most texts are black-and-white throughout, but here you are presented with a pleasantly colorful tome. To follow the examples as best as I could, I downloaded the images available on the gimpbook.com web site. Although the images are supposed to be for the 2nd edition, several of those shown in the text for demonstrations purposes are not included. It appears that the images for the tools new to GIMP 2.4 are missing from the web site. This is surprising, since the 1st edition of the book covered version 2.4, so you would expect the images to be there.

    Unfortunately, there is so much to GIMP that one medium-sized book cannot contain it all. There is a potpourri of topics in the final chapter, including printing, scanning, setting preferences and the configuration files. The chapter ends with information on where to go for more help, source code, and images.

    Over the course of reading the book, I had very little trouble reproducing the examples as demonstrated. I must admit that, despite the book's subtitle: From Novice to Professional, I am now at best an intermediate user. The depth of the capabilities available within GIMP is much deeper than the author could provide in the text. At almost 600 pages, this book is just about the right size, and provides the right amount of instruction for most people. The Additional Topics chapter provides information and links for further study and training, for those so inclined. If you are a beginner to image manipulation, and want to get fairly proficient with GIMP, then definitely get Beginning GIMP. It's not leaving my desk any time soon.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 4, 2011

    Just the thing for learning to use "The GIMP"

    I had a mess of pictures from a wedding I attended. They ranged from pretty good to awful. I had just purchased this book to try to learn a little about fixing up my photos. With just a couple of chapters I was able to rescue all but the most horrible of the pictures. I still have a long way to go in the book, but it looks like a definite keeper.

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  • Posted October 10, 2009

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    Great Book, very well written and informative. Very helpful and a good competition to PS.

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