Guerrilla Guide to Great Graphics with the GIMP

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With the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP), anyone can easily create stunninggraphics. Prima-Tech's Guerrilla Guide to Great Graphics with the GIMP shows beginning-to-advanced image designers creative ways to transform ordinary images into triumphant prizewinners using the most popular graphics package for Linux. It also shows non-designers how to create or manipulate graphics for many uses. This book is filled with easy-to-follow techniques and tips for using the advanced features that will spark your ...
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Overview

With the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP), anyone can easily create stunninggraphics. Prima-Tech's Guerrilla Guide to Great Graphics with the GIMP shows beginning-to-advanced image designers creative ways to transform ordinary images into triumphant prizewinners using the most popular graphics package for Linux. It also shows non-designers how to create or manipulate graphics for many uses. This book is filled with easy-to-follow techniques and tips for using the advanced features that will spark your creativity and lead to amazing graphics.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780761524076
  • Publisher: Premier Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part I: GIMP and Imaging Basics

1: Images, Images, Images

Enter the GIMP

Understanding Vector Graphics versus Raster Graphics

Differentiating Types of Artwork

Line Art

Continuous Tone Images

Halftone Images

What Is Resolution?

Sorting Out File Formats

TIFF

PCX

PSD

GIF

JPEG

PNG

XCF

2: Attacking the GIMP Toolbar and User Interface

The GIMP Interface

Accessing the Main Menus

Introducing the GIMP Toolbar

Other Interface Features

Viewing Your Image

Brief Introduction to Layers and Channels

Saving Time with Shortcuts

Seslecting Preferences in GIMP 1.0.4

Setting Preferences in Later Versions

3: Painting Your Canvas

Selecting Brush Attributes

Creating Custom Brushes

Drawing Lines with the Paintbrush

Changing Paintbrush Options

Drawing with the Pencil, Airbrush, and Convolver

Removing Strokes with the Eraser

Copying Pixels with the Clone Tool

Filling an Image with Color, Patterns, and Gradients

Creating Custom Patterns

Blending with the Gradient Fill Tool

4: Selection Savvy

GIMP Selection Tools

Making Rectangular, Elliptical, and Freehand Selections

Making "Fuzzy" Selections

Using the Fuzzy Select Tool

Making Selections with the B├ęzier Select Tool

Making Selections with Intelligent Scissors

Modifying Selections

Creating a Picture-Frame Border

Modifying the Edges of Selections

Moving, Copying, and Cutting Selections

Using Quick Mask

Loading and Saving Selections

5: Using Layers, Channels, and Masks

Layers: A Review

Creating and Editing Layers

Copying Objects onto Layers

Other Basic Layer Functions

Creating a Layer Mask

Working with Channels

6: Introduction to Color

What's "Good" Color

How Colors Are Produced

Understanding Color Correction

What Causes Bad Color

Color Depth

7: Refining and Modifying Color

What's Color Modification

Analyzing an Image

Adjusting the Brightness and Contrast

Correcting Color

Other Correction Tools

8: Transformations

Cropping

Transform

Flip Tool

Part II: Putting the GIMP to Work

9: Compositing and Photo Restoration

Photocompositing and Retouching Defined

Retouching a Portrait

What Went Wrong?

Starting the Process

Dodging Shadows

Major Surgery

Compositing

How Green Is the Ocean

Some Subtle Touches

Advanced Compositing

10: GIMP on the Web

Browsers Retrieve Your Web Graphics

What the GIMP Can Do

Image Requirements for the Web

Graphics Formats for the Web

Saving a File as a GIF

Animating GIFs

Saving as JPEG

Image Maps

Creating Rules, Buttons, and Other Artifacts

Creating Backgrounds

Rules and Buttons

11: Great Text Effects

What Are Fonts, and How Do I Get the GIMP to Use Them?

Font Styles

Using the GIMP's Text Tool

Working with Dynamic Text

Manipulating Text

12: FIlter, Plug-In, and Extension Arsenal

How Filters Work

Using Filters

Kinds of Filters

The GIMP's Filter Menu

13: Scanning and the GIMP

Why You May Need a Scanner

What Kinds of Scanners Are There?

How to Interface Your Scanner with the GIMP

What Features You May Need

Scanner Nuts and Bolts for Scanner Nuts

Getting the Best Scans

14: Introducing Script-Fu

What Is Script-Fu

What Are Scripts

What Scripts Can I Expect?

Using a Script

Writing Your Own Scripts

Appendix A: Installation Tips

Finding the GIMP

Installing the GIMP

Appendix B: GIMP User Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

What is the GIMP?

Where do I get it?

Which version should I use?

Is ther ea user manual?

What about a Windows version?

Are there any Easter eggs in the GIMP?

What are layers?

Where do I find GIMP stuff?

Is there a mailing list?

Is there an IRC channel?

Do I need Motif?

Why does the GIMP complain about missing or wrong versions of libraries?

Why does the GIMP complain "unresolved symbol:_gimp_message"?

Is XInput support available?

Does the GIMP support art tablets like the Wacom?

Does the GIMP have scanner support?

Can the GIMP install its own colormap?

The GIMP complains about MIT-SHM!

Where are the brushes, gradients, patterns, palettes?

What does "wire_read: unexpected EOF" mean?

Why doesn't GIMP configure find my (jpeg, tiff, pnm, etc) libraries?

Do I have to have an X server? Even for batch mode?

Where can I get some icons for the GIMP?

What kind of system do I need to run GIMP?

The GIMP takes too long to load - how can I speed it up?

Is there a bug list somewhere?

Where should I report bugs? How?

Plug-Ins

What are plug-ins?

How do I add new plug-ins?

How do I build new plug-ins?

Is there a plug-in for...?

Why did some plug-ins disappear for 0.99.19?

Script-Fu

What is Script-Fu?

Where can I learn about Scirpt-Fu?

How do I call one Script-Fu script from another?

How do I call a plug-in from Script-Fu?

How do I execute Script-Fu from batch mode?

What does "procedural-databes-error" in Script-Fu mean?

What is Net-Fu? Where is it?

Fonts

Where can I get the fonts I'm missing?

How can I change the GIMP font?

Why don't the Far Eastern fonts work?

What about TrueType fonts?

File Formats

What is GIMP's native graphics file format?

What other graphics file types are supported?

Why can't I save my image as a Gif (or whatever)?

Is there any way to keep the layers when I save?

Using the GIMP

How do I save a selected sub-image to a file?

How do I save an image with an alpha channel?

How do I merge an image from a file to the current image?

How do I get small fonts to look as nice as large ones?

How do I bind keys to menus for shortcuts?

How do I composite two layers, using a third layer as a mask? This worked in 0.54!

Is there a macro-recording interface?

How do I configure my X server to do global gamma correction?

How do I fill with transparent?

How do I draw in a different color?

Platforms

Caveats

Contributors

Glossary

Index

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