Beginning GIMP: From Novice to Professional by Akkana Peck

By Akkana Peck

Author Akkana Peck demonstrates the use of layer mask in GIMP with a bit support from Tux.

From first set up to complicated photograph manipulation thoughts, Beginning GIMP: From beginner to expert, moment Edition explains how a person can make the most of The GIMP: a loose, open resource photograph manipulation software. you'll how one can set up The GIMP on home windows, Linux, and MacOS X structures. as soon as you’ve put in the applying, you’ll know about the interface and configuration strategies, after which leap right into a speedy and straightforward undertaking to familiarize yourself.

With four–color pictures and screenshots throughout, you’ll how to arrange digicam pictures for demonstrate on net pages—including methods like rescaling, cropping, and balancing colour. using layers, paths, and mask also are lined in broad aspect. in fact, additionally, you will methods to draw traces and shapes; make the most of styles and gradients; or even create your personal brushes, styles, and gradients.

GIMP specialist and writer Akkana Peck teaches you the way to the touch up electronic photos, smudging away blemishes, solving red–eye, and sewing panoramic pictures. You’ll methods to faucet into the strong filters, results, and plug–ins which are to be had for The GIMP and automate projects utilizing scripts. the complete publication is approached in a project–based demeanour, and as you move, quite a few initiatives can help increase your newly received abilities.

What you’ll learn

  • set up The GIMP on home windows, Linux, and Mac OSX.
  • discover the interface and configuration thoughts.
  • arrange your digicam pictures to be used on the net, together with rescaling, cropping, and balancing color.
  • Learn easy suggestions akin to drawing strains and shapes, using styles, and utilising gradients.
  • Master complex recommendations equivalent to layers, paths, and masks.
  • Create your personal brushes, styles, and gradients.
  • Discover tips for solving blemishes, removal redeye, and sewing jointly panoramic images.

Who is that this booklet for?

This e-book is for portraits designers, electronic photographers, and hobbyists. It’s is geared toward those that have to make the most of a full–featured photo manipulation application yet don’t have enormous quantities of bucks to pay for Photoshop. The GIMP can also be the popular picture manipulation software for the open resource suggest. The GIMP is obtainable on home windows, Linux, and Mac OSX.

About the Apress starting Series

The starting sequence from Apress is the appropriate option to get the knowledge you must land that an important entry–level activity. those books will educate you a customary and significant know-how from the floor up simply because they're explicitly designed to take you from “novice to professional.” You’ll begin your trip by means of seeing what you must know—but with out pointless concept and filler. You’ll construct your ability set by way of studying find out how to prepare real–world initiatives step-by-step. So even if your objective is your subsequent occupation problem or a brand new studying chance, the start sequence from Apress will take you there—it is your depended on advisor via unexpected territory!

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Both of these options are helpful if you get tired of resizing your window every time you zoom or scale. CHAPTER 1 ■ GETTING TO KNOW GIMP Window Management is a tricky section. But it nevertheless can make a big difference in usability, with several key choices: Window Manager Hints for the Toolbox and for other docks controls whether these windows are considered as top-level windows or as transient dialogs. On Windows you may prefer Utility window here, since it reduces the number of entries that show up in your taskbar.

The bad news is that the dialog can be confusing: GIMP functions are grouped by type, not according to their place in the menus, so it can be difficult to find the function you’re looking for. 13 14 CHAPTER 1 ■ GETTING TO KNOW GIMP A First GIMP Project Enough exposition. The only way to learn GIMP is to edit images, so let’s get started! Begin with any photo you like. I’ll start with a vacation photo: some Anasazi ruins from Chaco Canyon in New Mexico. You can use an image you already have in a file on your hard disk, and use GIMP’s File ➤ Open… dialog to open it.

GIMP’s Open Image dialog GIMP’s Open Image dialog lists files and folders in the main frame of the dialog. Above the file area is a sequence of buttons representing the location of the currently chosen folder. Clicking on these buttons can move you up one level, or several. You can select more than one file at a time in the file list. Click on the first file, and then hold down the Shift key while clicking to highlight a range of files (they may not highlight until you release Shift); or hold the Ctrl key down while clicking individual files to select or deselect them.

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