The Book of GIMP: A Complete Guide to Nearly Everything

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GIMP is a free alternative to Adobe Photoshop with tons of professional-grade features. But with so many powerful tools and menu options, GIMP can be difficult to master. Whether you're struggling to get started or trying to master some of GIMP's more complex features, you'll find the answers you're looking for in The Book of GIMP.

The tutorials in the first half of the book walk you through essential GIMP skills, like resizing and cropping images, touching up spots and scratches, and customizing your work area. Illustrated, step-by-step instructions show you how to:

  • Improve the lighting and composition of images
  • Remove distortions and noise to make old and damaged photos look like new
  • Create stunning panoramas and digital collages using a series of photos
  • Make, edit, and export custom textures, logos, and animated GIFs
  • Work with selections, channels, and masks to edit images like a pro
  • Create colorful digital art, layer by layer
The book's second half offers a comprehensive reference to GIMP's many features, including color balancing, masks, filters, and plug-ins. You'll find tools described in unparalleled detail, with coverage of nearly every option and parameter.

With illustrated tutorials and detailed references, The Book of GIMP is sure to become your one-stop guide to just about everything GIMP.

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A List of the Author's 5 Favorite GIMP Tool Presets:

1. The Pencil Soft Preset - An extremely realistic simulation of drawing with a charcoal pencil.

2. The Blue Pen Preset - An all-purpose way to annotate any picture.

3. The Smudge Soft Preset - Provides the best option for smoothing a painting without making it look dirty.

4. The Eraser Soft Preset - Simulates working with a high-quality eraser.

5. The Splatters Preset - A very handy way of adding blemishes to a picture.


A List of the Author's 5 Favorite GIMP Filters:

1. The IWarp Filter - Allows you to build fun animations of people's portraits.

2. The Edge Filter - Can be used to create extraordinary interpretations of dull photos.

3. The Make Seamless Filter - Offers the ability to generate very simple tiled backgrounds for web pages.

4. The Plasma Filter - The most fundamental filter for building new textures.

5. The G'MIC Selection of Filters - Contains all of the most useful filters.

About the Author:

Olivier Lecarme is a professor emeritus in computer science at the University of Nice, France. He has a doctorate in computer science. He has been a professor at the Universities of Grenoble, Montreal, Lausanne, and Nice, and has taught many aspects of computer science, including programming language fundamentals and graphics processing.

Karine Delvare is a web development consultant. She has a Masters in Computer Science, with a specialization in image and sound, and has collaborated on the GIMP development project. She lives in Mérignac, near Bordeaux, France.

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