The Artist's Guide to GIMP: 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 ...

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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.

Covers GIMP 2.8

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593274146
  • Publisher: No Starch Press San Francisco, CA
  • Publication date: 6/25/2012
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 638,245
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael J. Hammel has been a contributor to GIMP since 1996 (version 0.59). A former contributor to Linux Format magazine, Hammel is the author of three books on the GIMP: The Artist's Guide to the GIMP (SSC, 1998), Essential GIMP for Web Professionals (Prentice Hall, 2001), and The Artist's Guide to GIMP Effects (No Starch Press, 2007). Hammel currently works as an embedded software engineer in Colorado Springs.

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Table of Contents

About the Author;
About the Technical Reviewer;
What This Book Is About;
What This Book Is Not About;
How This Book Is Organized;
A Few More Hints;
Chapter 1: Fundamental Techniques;
1.1 Multi-Window vs. Single-Window Mode;
1.2 The GIMP Toolbox;
1.3 The Image Window;
1.4 The Preferences Dialog;
1.5 1.1 Drawing and Painting;
1.6 1.2 Layers and Modes;
1.7 1.3 Color Modes;
1.8 1.4 Selections;
1.9 1.5 Paths;
1.10 1.6 Drawing Basic Shapes;
1.11 1.7 Patterns and Gradients;
1.12 1.8 Working with Text;
1.13 1.9 Digital Cameras;
1.14 1.10 Basic Tutorials;
Chapter 2: Photographic Effects;
2.1 2.1 Soft Focus;
2.2 2.2 Photo to Sketch;
2.3 2.3 Antiquing with Sepia Tones;
2.4 2.4 Color Swap;
2.5 2.5 Changing Depth of Field;
2.6 2.6 Reflections on Glass;
2.7 2.7 Lake Reflection;
2.8 2.8 Photo Restoration;
2.9 2.9 Casting Light Through a Window;
2.10 2.10 Light Streaks;
2.11 2.11 Miniaturizing a Scene;
2.12 Tips for Photographic Effects;
Chapter 3: Web Design;
3.1 Working in a Native Medium;
3.2 GIMP Tools for Web Design;
3.3 3.1 Gel Buttons;
3.4 3.2 Metal Buttons;
3.5 3.3 Tabs;
3.6 3.4 Website Banners;
3.7 3.5 Simple Logos;
3.8 3.6 Icons;
3.9 Tips for Web Design;
Chapter 4: Advertising and Special Effects;
4.1 Print vs. Web;
4.2 Stock Images;
4.3 Color, Contrast, and Grayscale;
4.4 It’s Up to You;
4.5 4.1 Creative Text Design;
4.6 4.2 3-D Package Designs;
4.7 4.3 Reflective Glass;
4.8 4.4 Popping an Image;
4.9 4.5 Shiny Emblem;
4.10 4.6 Wine Bottle;
4.11 4.7 Gears;
4.12 4.8 Cube City;
4.13 4.9 Underwater;
4.14 4.10 Colored Lighting;
4.15 4.11 iPod;
4.16 Tips for Advertising and Special Effects;
Chapter 5: Type Effects;
5.1 GIMP’s Text Tools;
5.2 Predefined Text Effects;
5.3 Creating Your Own Type Effects;
5.4 5.1 Chrome and Metal Text;
5.5 5.2 Gel Type;
5.6 5.3 Distressed Text;
5.7 5.4 Frost;
5.8 5.5 Neon Signs;
5.9 5.6 Spray Paint;
5.10 Tips for Type Effects;
Chapter 6: Creative Inspiration;
6.1 6.1 Fire Girl;
6.2 6.2 Star Field;
6.3 6.3 Creamsicle Love;
6.4 6.4 Mobsterville;

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2012

    Highly recommend

    GIMP is a full-featured, free, open source software for graphic design and photo manipulation. GIMP contains powerful tools with a large menu of options and submenus.
    When I first heard about GIMP, I down loaded and installed it. When I started exploring how to use it, I became lost and overwhelmed and did not use the software. I am a novice when it comes to using graphic design and photo software. GIMP contains a high level of complexity and many powerful tools.
    The Artist’s Guide to GIMP, 2nd Edition is based over GIMP version 2.8, which is the most current stable release of the free open source software. Hammel’s artist guide came to my rescue.
    As a GIMP beginner, I found the introductory chapter on fundamental techniques provided brief descriptions of all the menu items and icons to be invaluable resource. I continually referred back to this section to look up an icon’s purpose and where to find the icon in one tool box or another. GIMP is so rich in features that it takes determined effort to become comfortable moving around in the software package.
    The major strength in Hammel’s artist’s guide is his step through or step-by-step instructions for editing pictures or designing objects for use on web pages like buttons and banners. Following the examples in the artist’s guide provided clear cut procedures for using the GIMP features and tools..
    Hammel provided a latter chapter on creating advertisements, which could be applied to any media. Of course, this chapter further exposed additional GIMP tools for manipulating art work.
    In this 320 page user guide, I am sure you will find the tools you need for your next creative photograph enhancement or for designing eye catching web graphics. Hammel’s The Artist’s Guide to GIMP, 2nd Edition has opened the door for my GIMP use.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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