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Artists' Guide to the GIMP Mass Market Paperback – December 1, 1998

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The Artists' Guide to the GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is the definitive manual for the free image manipulation and editing application for Unix-based systems such as Linux, Sun Solaris, SGI IRIX, and others.

The author maintains a relaxed and encouraging voice, lending credence to the fact that this book is for artists and users, not system administrators and technical developers. The early chapters offer a rundown of the interface, with each tool--the color selector, the bucket fill, the various pencils, paintbrushes, and erasers, etc.--explained, while later chapters cover complex layer editing and selecting, switching color palettes, using GIMP with scanners, digital cameras, and preparing media for print.

With the rise of Linux-based desktop systems, GIMP is an important and flexible tool. Not only does it support Photoshop file compatibility, text effects, and color correction effects, it can also import and export JPG and GIF file formats--the image formats that make up 99 percent of Web graphics. Chapter 6, "Layers and Channels," even explains how to convert a multilayered image into an animated GIF.

A notable bonus: the CD-ROM contains GIMP already compiled for Linux, Sun Solaris 2.5, and SGI IRIX 6.4. If you need to build GIMP for your specific version of Unix, chapter 1 of the book goes into step-by-step detail on where to download the source code and how to build the binary executable.

If you are a systems administrator, Web administrator, or a user of any Unix-based system and need to edit graphics, this book--and GIMP--are for you. With its flexible scripting language, rich feature set, and Photoshop file compatibility, GIMP can be a powerful asset to any Unix user's graphics toolbox. --Mike Caputo

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Frank Kasper and Assoc; Pap/Cdr edition (December 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578310113
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578310111
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,957,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 20, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book / manual is a very good companion to the software. Included are hundreds of examples, (all on CD), and step-by-step directions to help the reader implement the graphic tricks being discussed. I found that this speaks mostly in terms that anyone can understand. I do like the tutorials that are included at the end of the chapters. I also found the instructions given for keyboard modifiers to be very useful, in fact, necessary! Good job, Michael!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Wendell on August 5, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Despite the number of pages, this book does not go into much detail. The GIMP Visual Quickstart Guide by Davis is a vastly better introduction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dziak@geocities.com on September 3, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Although it doesn't cover everything that the Gimp is cabable of, it does what it's name says. It goes through almost all the plugins and gives you a good example of each one that you may not have seen before. Worth it for people who know a good deal about Gimp, but are feeling a little stuck.
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I'm not the most proficient graphic designers but just about everything I've learned with Gimp has come from this book! Definitely recommend!
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8 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 11, 1999
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If you are looking for something complete DO NOT BUY this book. You will regret that, belive me. Try to read instead "Gimp User Manual" by K. Kylander & O Kylander (which is shipped for example in the package labeled "gimpman" on SUSE distributions). You'll find everything there from how to compile and install a plug-in to how to use and write scripts, really everything
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