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GIMP for Absolute Beginners 2012th Edition
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UPDATE: 1/4/15 - still happy I bought this book, but it really needs a BETTER INDEX!!! I hunted through it many times to find a tutorial I vaguely remembered seeing and was ready to rip out my hair before I found the 'how to' tutorial I was looking for buried in with a bunch of longer lessons. Have had this happen with other manipulations, so, yes, it needs a better index at the end please on your next edition.
Luckily, I was recommended GIMP, and downloaded the program in a minute, and not only that, the program cost a grand total of $0. (Yes, GIMP is free!)
There are many tutorials in the book, but I found out that for me, the most important part of the book was the "CLONING" tool, as I removed some unnecessary objects from what would otherwise be a perfect picture. I got the picture touched up, and now have a very pleased partner!
The Author (Jan Smith) is to be commended for an extremely well written book, that will have you up and running on the free alternative to Photoshop in no time :)
I am not an absolute beginner in the sense of needing to be shown how to use an application or concepts such as that. So the chapters in the book on that weren't really suited for me, but would be very useful for an "Absolute Beginner".
Though where the book did really start to shine for my creatively dull mind, is the basics on image manipulation and why you'd even need to perform tasks on images.
As someone whom hadn't even touched a single image editing program and had suddenly been thrust into being required to do simple manipulations with images, I wish I had had a book at the time that could have given me a path along some concepts, instead of having to pester work colleagues for information all the time.
Though since I have moved onto different areas with work its not a day to day requirement for myself, so having a book on hand which can help me refresh on the most basic image manipulations is good for me.
Having a passing interest/hobby of game development I think the digital drawing with GIMP chapters will be of use when I get back into looking at different game engines (notably isometric graphics). Especially since there is a few tutorials/walkthroughs specifically to do with pixel graphics.
All in all, it delivers on the title, which in this day and age seems rare that you get what you are told you will get.
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Better than previous how-to books, and routes the user around to necessary info for our various needs quite well. Read morePublished 3 months ago by twenny7
Excellent reference. I highly recommend it. Excellent service. I am very satisfied with this transaction.Published 13 months ago by D. Alexander Hall
I am totally disappointed in this book......it is impossible to understand.....I have a 2009 Roxio that is a 100% better software.......a ninny can use Roxio..... Read morePublished 13 months ago by pet owner
The look inside feature shows color pictures, but the book has black&white photos. The before and after pictures look exactly the same in b&w with no color.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
The best introductory book on the subject I've found. Started to manipulate photos the same day I started to read it.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
Gimp has been updated since this book was written and therefore was difficult to apply.Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
Speaking only for myself, the program is hard to learn, the book makes it easier to learn. I was able to accomplish some simple editing and titles, with the aid of the book. Read morePublished 14 months ago by 4u1solo