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GIMP 2.6 for Photographers: Image Editing with Open Source Software Paperback – February 7, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1933952499 ISBN-10: 1933952490 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Rocky Nook; 1 edition (February 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933952490
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933952499
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #429,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.


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About the Author

Klaus Martin Goelker is an experienced GIMP user and author of GIMP 2, GIMP 2.6 and GIMP 2.8 for Photographers, all three of which have been published in German and English, the book on GIMP 2.6 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 www.lichtschreiber.de 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. You can find the PDF file at
http://www.rockynook.com/GIMP2.6-DVD/
The readers of the Kindle Edition of my book on GIMP 2.6 will find there the download of the images used in the exercises of the book (ZIP file), and also the download of the mentioned free programs (also ZIP file).
Readers of the Kindle Edition of my book on GIMP 2.8 can download the images and programs from
http://www.rockynook.com/GIMP2.8-DVD/
Just copy the appropriate link above and paste it into the address bar of your browser.
Enjoy!

Klaus Goelker

Customer Reviews

Gimp is a very intuitive and complex photo suite.
Philly Mongrol
The book has many color pictures to illustrate the authors point and follows a series of tutorials.
uktravailer
I'd recommend this to anyone who wants to process digital pictures using GIMP.
graybeard

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Brett Merkey on February 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
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 By H. Black on 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 By my dog's servant on 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 By Philly Mongrol on 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 By Charles Heisterkamp on October 15, 2011
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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.
Photographer
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