GIMP for Absolute Beginners

GIMP for Absolute Beginners

by Jan Smith, Roman Joost
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GIMP for Absolute Beginners by Jan Smith, Roman Joost

GIMP for Absolute Beginners gives us an easy wayto usethe 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 almostall the features of its proprietary counterpart, Photoshop.But many of us are photographers and artists first,and we like touse our tools without having to think about them too much.GIMP for Absolute Beginnersgets 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 creatingpaintings and drawingswithout photographic input.

GIMP for Absolute Beginners covers the newest version of GIMP, version 2.8, so you can be sure the book covers the latest GIMP features.

**The print version of this book is black & white, but the ebook version is in color on color-enabled devices. **

What you’ll learn

  • Learn how to install GIMP and navigate its interface
  • Improve image quality with GIMP
  • Increase your design prowess
  • Have fun withdigital paintingprojects

Who this book is for

Hobbyists, occasional designers, enthusiastic photographers, graphical design amateurs, and beginning illustrators.

Table of Contents

  1. What is GIMP?
  2. Finding and Installing GIMP
  3. Getting to Know the GIMP Work Area
  4. Basic Computer Graphics in GIMP
  5. Editing the whole Image
  6. Improving Photos—Working on Parts of an Image
  7. Photo Projects—Adding to Images
  8. Installing a Graphics Tablet in GIMP
  9. Digital Art
  10. Hints, Tips and Further Help

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781430231684
Publisher: Apress
Publication date: 04/24/2012
Edition description: 1st ed.
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 423,501
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jan Smith has been taking photos for more than 20 years; her photos have been reproduced in a range of media. In 2000 she studied digital imaging at the Adelaide Central School of Art and moved from the darkroom to digital editing with relief.

Jan discovered GIMP nine years ago while volunteering at Computerbank (a company that refurbishes donated computers and sells them cheaply to low income people to help bridge the digital gap). Jan has assisted hundreds of low-income people become familiar with computers loaded with open-source software. She has developed a solid grasp of the way beginners learn to use software.

Jan has worked as a technical writer for Infrae in the Netherlands and for companies using open-source software in Australia. She was elected Vice President of the Zope Foundation in 2010. She has a background in radio journalism, technology and production, and is the assistant manager of 3ZZZ, Australia s largest multilingual community radio station. Jan brought open-source software into 3ZZZ to improve the not-for-profit organization s workflows.

Roman Joost first learned about open-source software in 1997. He is the project manager of GIMP s user documentation and he has contributed code to GIMP. He has contributed to GIMP and Zope open-source projects for eight years. Roman has a Diplom-Informatiker (FH) from Anhalt University of Applied Sciences in Koethen, Germany. He has worked for Gocept GmbH & Co. in Germany, Infrae in the Netherlands, and is currently working for another Zope company in Brisbane, Australia. For relaxation, he enjoys photography and digital painting with GIMP.

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As the title implies, this book works well for getting any beginner (or near-beginner) up to about medium-level use. I got this for my father, and he's gone from being a bit scared of opening the program to editing old family pictures competently.