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GIMP 2.6 for Photographers: Image Editing with Open Source Software [Kindle Edition]

Klaus Goelker
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Book Description

Image editing has become a crucial element in the photographic workflow. Image editing tools, most notably Photoshop, are usually sophisticated and deep applications, and are fairly expensive. The only open source tool in this market is the GIMP, which has developed into a powerful, multiplatform system running on Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.

GIMP 2.6 for Photographers is a beginner's guide to the only open source image editing tool that provides a low-cost alternative to expensive programs such as Photoshop. Topics include the basics of image editing and simple adjustments, as well as advanced techniques using layers and masks, stitching panoramic images, and preparing high-quality black and white images. The most important editing functions are presented in individual, easy-to-follow workshops.

GIMP 2.6 for Photographers has evolved from classroom materials that the author developed and taught in courses and workshops on image editing with the GIMP.

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About the Author

Klaus Goelker is an architect and photographer who lives and works in Munich, Germany. He also teaches courses on image editing at a local art school. He chose GIMP to teach this class because it was free and yet powerful enough to do serious photographic image editing.

Product Details

  • File Size: 11513 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Rocky Nook; 1 edition (April 8, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004X7VFW8
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much to Like February 15, 2011
Hats off to the author and the publishing team. GIMP 2.6 for Photographers is well-crafted and there is much to like here:

1) The book content sticks to its mission of introducing the software to photographers and serious image editing beginners. Necessary preparatory and background information has not been skipped. The tutorials are paced to move you quickly to comfortably handle the most common editing challenges.

2) The physical book itself is large-format, lying flat for self-study. It is crammed with color illustrations and screen images that complement tutorial text appropriately. This book is actually nice to look at!

3) The included DVD contains enough extras to make this book a complete package. You get the GIMP software in its multiple OS versions and all the sample images used in the tutorials. There is also a bunch of related software goodies on the disc that I have not yet had a chance to explore.

This book is my own intro to GIMP and I'm glad I got a nice one.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clearly written with color examples and practice files October 25, 2011
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I've purchased a three books on Gimp, even though I have learned it mostly from watching YouTube video's (GimpKnowHow and GimpTricks have very good videos to learn from). This is the only book of the three that is worth the money. The main title is somewhat misleading however as the book includes discussions on other open source photo editing software (eg - UFRaw which works with Gimp for editing Raw photos). This book is very clearly written, and includes a DVD with practice files and a pdf version of the book (which I use more often the hardcopy). I highly recommend it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide November 22, 2011
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I've always been a "dive in and ask questions later" learner with new software. But I know nothing about color theory, graphics, photos, or computer graphics, and that ignorance made the "dive in" approach to learning GIMP very frustrating. I could see how the parts worked, but I didn't understand what they did or why or how to fit them together so I could do what I wanted, and the online help, while great, still assumed I knew more than I do. The GIMP Bible is superb and will definitely be my next purchase, but it is still too daunting, so that drove me to my last-choice option, to take a chance on ordering a book online.

I opted for Klaus Goelker's GIMP 2.6 for Photographers, and I am REALLY glad I did. With the included CD offering sample photos to use as you follow the step-by-step instructions, I've been able to fill in some of the gaps in my base knowledge while learning how to get started with GIMP. The presentation is clear and covers some of the basics in ways that I found very helpful. Text is well-written and well laid out, illustrations are clear and chosen to be truly instructive. Each step leads logically to the next, and along the way Goelker offers some hints and outside resources that are also proving helpful. And with each step, the excellent help for GIMP on-line is finally beginning to make sense, too.

I highly recommend this book to both beginning GIMP users, photographers or not, and to intermediate users who want an easy-to-use guide for clarification, assistance, and good ideas on how to use GIMP effectively in their work. Definitely five stars!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gimp 2.6 by Klaus Goelker April 20, 2013
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I picked this book as a Kindle ebook for nine bucks. Well worth the investment if you like to tinker with photos. There is nothing I can comment here to critique this book lower than the five starsthat I gave it.

However, here is what I will say:

Be warned. Gimp is a very intuitive and complex photo suite. It is an Open-Source Software which is a good thing, because that simply means, it is free for the download. It installs itself easily and seems to run well with no problems on my Windows 7 operating systems; however, I believe there are multiple operating system downloads available.

Be advised Gimp is always being upgraded, so you have to make sure you are running Gimp 2.6 or this book will be difficult to follow as many menu selections are either moved somewhere else or has many attached features rendering that selection very confusing.

I felt I needed to send out this review with this 'heads-up' so that you select the right version of Gimp if you intend to make this purchase.

Other than that, you will enjoy this book, and the software will match to boot!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GIMP 2.6 for Photographers October 15, 2011
This book is the complete package. It contains a DVD that provides all three versions (Windows, MAC, and Unix) for GIMP. In addition there is an introduction to GIMP 2.8 which is currently under development. And last, but hardly least, the images used in the book's tutorials are included.

The book progresses in an A to Z fashion in teaching one about GIMP. In addition to the "how to" instruction, there is sufficient, but not overwhelming, information on theory, the "why" part of processing.

GIMP is the "high end" of free photo processing software and approaches Adobe CS 5 in its capabilities. Even if you are not on a budget, consider GIMP. And if you do, or if you are currently using GIMP, add this book to your library. You'll be glad you did.

Charles Heisterkamp, III, M.D.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A very useful book with a great introduction to UFraw
Published 2 months ago by Lay Odess
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for ending much of the confusion about GIMP
What with the end of XP, many people are switching to Linux for a better alternative operating system for their computers. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Skip Thomsen
5.0 out of 5 stars A great teaching tool
Seriously, nothing compares to one-on-one mentoring, which is what I do. But this book contains so many useful tips that it is a must for anyone wanting to learn not just how to... Read more
Published 6 months ago by J. Carter
1.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Clear and concise. I am studying this even though I use Gimp 2.8. It is doing the job very well. This CD has the study material and sample photos that are reference in the book. Read more
Published 12 months ago by GERALD D OBRIEN
5.0 out of 5 stars step by step
There is a lot to learn about gimp. This book breaks everything down....down loadable examples of lessons from the book so you work step by step ....
Published 14 months ago by Stephanie Lindsay
4.0 out of 5 stars I learned a lot from reading this book
I'm interested in photography, and I learned a lot about image editing from reading this book. I use an open source operating system on my laptop which means that I need to use... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Grant Botes
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and organized
This is the best description I've read on how to use GIMP. Photographers will be helped by reading this book!
Published 21 months ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth Buying
I'm a beginner with gimp and this book was helpful. Some lessons sort of leave you hanging to figure out some ot the details. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars Unlock the power of GIMP ... Finally
I am not a photographer but I've used various image editing software for website development including Adobe Photoshop and several other retail packages. Read more
Published on July 20, 2012 by James May
4.0 out of 5 stars Gimp, the program
I can't comment on the book, but I can on Gimp, the program. I've used Gimp for many years. It is an outstanding program for photographers to use. Read more
Published on July 2, 2012 by Lloyd W. Hayes
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About the Author

Klaus Martin Goelker is an experienced GIMP user and author of GIMP 2 and GIMP 2.6 for Photographers, both of which have been published in German and English, the latter one also in Polish. A long-time architect, he now focuses his energy on web design, design, arts, and photography. He teaches courses on the basics of web design and digital imaging using GIMP, Adobe Photoshop, and Photoshop Elements. Klaus lives in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. Visit his homepage at to see his point of view as an artist and photographer.

About my Books

The English version of GIMP 2.8 for Photographers is available since 2013. For readers of older editions of my book, I have created a downloadable document that explains the new features of GIMP 2.8, which you can find on the website of my publisher Rocky Nook at Just follow the link on the right side of the homepage.

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