A truly comprehensive guide to GIMP 2.8, the world s most popular free graphics editor. In the spirit of the classic books on Photoshop. The first, complete guide to GIMP s long-awaited version 2.8 Both a complete tutorial and a comprehensive reference Authors are a graphics expert and a GIMP core developer
GIMP is a powerful, full-featured, cross-platform, and free alternative to Adobe Photoshop. Although it's one of the most popular open source programs, with millions of users worldwide, GIMP is tricky to use and even trickier to master. The Book of GIMP is a comprehensive guide to using GIMP 2.8 that combines a series of hands-on tutorials with an exhaustive reference to GIMP's many features. In the first half of the book, readers follow illustrated, step-by-step instructions to complete projects like retouching photos and designing web graphics. Once readers have the fundamentals down, the reference section offers a comprehensive reference to all of GIMP's features. With clear instructions for newcomers and encyclopedic coverage for seasoned users, The Book of GIMP is the definitive GIMP resource for everyone, regardless of experience level. Covers the upcoming 2.8 release, which introduces the new single window interface and other significant changes.
Über den Autor
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 Merignac, near Bordeaux, France.
IntroductionLearning GIMPChapter 1: Getting StartedChapter 2: Photograph RetouchingChapter 3: Drawing and IllustrationChapter 4: Logos and TexturesChapter 5: Composite PhotographyChapter 6: AnimationChapter 7: Image PreprocessingChapter 8: Designing a WebsiteReferenceChapter 9: The GIMP InterfaceChapter 10: DisplayChapter 11: LayersChapter 12: ColorChapter 13: SelectionsChapter 14: MasksChapter 15: Drawing ToolsChapter 16: Transformation ToolsChapter 17: FiltersChapter 18: Animation ToolsChapter 19: Obtaining and Printing ImagesChapter 20: Image FormatsChapter 21: Scripts and Plug-insChapter 22: Customizing GIMPAppendicesVision and Image RepresentationTips and Hints for Selected ExercisesResourcesFrequently Asked QuestionsInstalling GIMPBatch Processing
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.