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"Peck’s textbook provides a thorough treatment of topics ranging from installation (on various platforms) and background on common graphic file formats, to drawing, photograph manipulation, filters/effects, and even scripting … . In addition, a thorough treatment of the tools useful to experienced designers is provided … . Peck’s book is effective in showing just how far GIMP has progressed in 12 years. Beginners may be surprised … with this free application, especially with the assistance of this clear, concise, and attractive textbook." (Ian van der Linde, ACM Computing Reviews, Vol. 49 (2), February, 2008)

About the Author

Akkana Peck is a freelance software developer and writer who has been working with open source software for nearly 20 years. She has worked for a diverse collection of companies including Netscape, Silicon Graphics, Sun Technologies, Hewlett Packard, and Apple, and has written imaging software ranging from GIMP plug-ins, to cartography, to scientific visualization. Akkana is a longtime member of the GIMP community and enjoys giving GIMP courses and presentations, as well as filling up her hard drive with digital images. She lives in San Jose, California with her husband and a motley assortment of old computers. You can find more of her musings at ShallowSky.com.

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  • File Size: 20591 KB
  • Print Length: 552 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (May 1, 2006)
  • Publication Date: May 1, 2006
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HHOC2O
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I've been reading and using this book for a few weeks. It's great!

The open source community needed an updated gimp book. Gimp is already a mature open source project, and the two books that came out a few years ago were long outdated.

The best thing about the book is the generous use of images to illustrate her points.. APress did a fantastic job with layout and making it easy to find things.

I appreciate how the book reviewed a few basic points with general information. In short, this book has a little bit for everybody.
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I'm the first to admit that my graphical skills are limited. I have a version of PaintShop Pro that's a few revs out of date, and it does just what I need it to do... crop images, circle items of note, and erase the stray word or two. I've downloaded GIMP before, but I just don't have the time or motivation to explore all the options it appears to have. But after reading Beginning GIMP: From Novice to Professional by Akkana Peck, I think I'm about to make the switch to GIMP, and to make it permanently. This is a really well-done book...

Contents: Get to Know the GIMP; Improving Digital Photos; Introduction to Layers; Drawing; Selection; Erasing and Touching Up; Filters and Effects; Color Manipulation, Channels, and Layer Modes; Advanced Drawing; Advanced Compositing; Plug-Ins and Scripting; Additional Topics; Getting and Installing the GIMP; Installing the GIMP on Windows; Installing the GIMP on Mac; Installing the GIMP on Linux or Unix; Building From Source; First Startup; Index

Peck has tried to create a book that allows graphical neophytes like me to figure out what's going on, while also including material for those who have been doing this awhile. She definitely hits the first mark, and I think she nails the second one, also. The book starts with the basic of the GIMP interface, with an abundance of screen shots and images to illustrate the points. Even someone like me can easily see what's possible with the software, and I was able to quickly find and focus on the few tasks I do often with my existing software. I normally start to zone out when books start to head into the layers and color manipulation area, because I've never had much luck when it comes to that. But the author actually had me fishing out a few digital photos to try some things.
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Akkana Peck has written a very thorough introduction to the GIMP. In fact, I'd call it more of a definitive guide than just an introduction. This book is great for the completely new user, but even the seasoned veteran can learn quite a bit from "Beginning GIMP: From Novice to Professional".

Covering everything from where to get and how to install the GIMP to how to use the powerful built-in scripting language Script-Fu, which allows users to use and program scripts for repeatable actions, like adding bevel or glass effects. Despite its thoroughness - it's written in a easy-to-understand way that anyone can benefit from.

You can learn more about this awesome book on Akkana's website - GIMPBook.com.

All this and the software (GIMP) is free for Windows, Mac, Unix, or Linux!
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Although this book may be very useful to someone who has had no prior experience with an image editing program before, I have found it particularly frustrating to use because I have never been able to find help on any subject I have needed a quick reference on without a great deal of searching. I am used to Photoshop related books that normally provide a decent index where one can look up a topic and get to it in a hurry. Not so with this book; I have to hunt and hunt to find out what I am looking for, if I can find it at all, without just experimenting with Gimp. On the other hand, it will probably be more useful to first time users of image manipulation programs simply because in its peculiar way, it does actually cover most topics, eventually, and if one read it through from the beginning it would probably help. My conclusion: It could be much better organized and indexed.
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A book like this has been long overdue. I've been looking for a "current" book on the GIMP for the past few years. I just recently discovered this one.

Not only is it current, but it's fantastic. It's very thorough. I've been using all kinds of Image Editing software for years (Paint Shop Pro, Photo-Paint, Ulead PhotoInmpact and The GIMP) but I've never really been able to do much beyond simple editing.

In the past year or so I've done most of my image editing in The GIMP (partly because I've been spending more time in Linux). I've also used the Windows version. Both are virtually identical so having this book is great either way.

Honestly it's going to take a lot of study for me to get everything down, but that's no fault of the book. Quite the contrary, it just shows how good it is.

Considering one can find umpteen books on most proprietary image editing software and the fact that this single book is so thorough speaks volumes about it.

GIMP users are very lucky. Thank you Akkana!
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The title of this book really says it all. A novice, casual user, or even experienced graphic artist could all benefit from the authors detailed handling of this robust and invaluable piece of Free Software. The book is fairly large but wastes no time. Directions are distinct and to the point and by the third chapter, "An Introduction to Layers", I was compelled to fire up the Gimp and try some of the techniques. The "Advanced Drawing" and "Advanced Compositing" chapters really added to my skills but even the first chapter taught me some things. A worthwhile addition to any open source aficionado's book shelf.
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