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About the Author

Jan Smith has been taking photos for more than 20 years; her photos have been reproduced in a range of media. In 2000 she studied digital imaging at the Adelaide Central School of Art and moved from the darkroom to digital editing with relief.

Jan discovered GIMP nine years ago while volunteering at Computerbank (a company that refurbishes donated computers and sells them cheaply to low income people to help bridge the digital gap). Jan has assisted hundreds of low-income people become familiar with computers loaded with open-source software. She has developed a solid grasp of the way beginners learn to use software.

Jan has worked as a technical writer for Infrae in the Netherlands and for companies using open-source software in Australia. She was elected Vice President of the Zope Foundation in 2010. She has a background in radio journalism, technology and production, and is the assistant manager of 3ZZZ, Australia s largest multilingual community radio station. Jan brought open-source software into 3ZZZ to improve the not-for-profit organization s workflows.

Roman Joost first learned about open-source software in 1997. He is the project manager of GIMP s user documentation and he has contributed code to GIMP. He has contributed to GIMP and Zope open-source projects for eight years. Roman has a Diplom-Informatiker (FH) from Anhalt University of Applied Sciences in Koethen, Germany. He has worked for Gocept GmbH & Co. in Germany, Infrae in the Netherlands, and is currently working for another Zope company in Brisbane, Australia. For relaxation, he enjoys photography and digital painting with GIMP.

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Product Details

  • Series: For Absolute Beginners
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430231688
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430231684
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By hjd on August 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
I have zero experience in photoshop, and needed to do some photoediting. Tried to download photoshop, but apparently, it was a huge download, and the license was around $600(!).

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!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Anna Erishkigal on March 29, 2013
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I knew very little about GIMP and it was difficult to teach myself. Surfing YouTube videos while simultaneously manipulating a picture (all on the same screen) got a bit tricky. This book takes you through the most basic steps, from downloading/opening GIMP onto your computer to how to use the toolbars to how to do some of the most common tasks. I'm no digital artist after reading this book, but I was able to upload images, manipulate and layer them, add graphics and special effects, and save it in a variety of formats so am happy with my investment.

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.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Fitness Dude on January 9, 2013
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Love this book!

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 :)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Phillip Dallas on July 20, 2013
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I purchased The Book of Gimp when I first got the Gimp program and it was way beyond me. After working with this beginners book I am beginning to feel that the other book may eventually be useful.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Matt R. on November 14, 2013
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My wife needed a book to use as a teaching tool for high school students. This book offers an easy to read, step by step guide for using GIMP. I've been using GIMP for years and am impressed by the book's clarity and ease of use. Highly recommended for beginners.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Randai on June 23, 2012
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As the title says its GIMP for Absolute Beginners.

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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sugee on May 18, 2013
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I am pretty new to playing with pictures, beyond the usual crop, straighten, and auto adjust. This book has filled me with knowledge, and as I put it on my Kindle App, it is always there for a reference. Love IT!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Rebecca Manning on September 9, 2014
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This is the second GIMP tutorial book I have ordered. Being a photographer (amateur) I have a good bit of experience with photo editing. I first ordered "GIMP 2.8 For Photographers" and found this way too complicated and "technical." I then ordered this book and it is perfect. It is simply written and gives you steps for each task. When I follow the steps, it allows me to successfully accomplish what I am trying to do 100% of the time.It is now my Bible for GIMP.
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