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GIMP 2.6 cookbook [Kindle Edition]

Juan Manuel Ferreyra
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Book Description

This book is part of Packt's Cookbook series. A Packt Cookbook contains step-by-step recipes for solutions to the most important problems you face when working with a topic. Inside this Cookbook you will find: A straightforward and easy-to-follow format, A selection of the most important tasks and problems, Carefully organized instructions for solving the problem efficiently, Clear explanations of what you did, Details for applying the solution to other situations. This book is for anyone who wants great images, without worrying about how a system as powerful as the GIMP works to get them. If you're a graphic designer, a photographer, or just want to prepare images for the Web, you will find the answers you need here.

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About the Author

Juan Manuel Ferreyra is an illustrator and animator from Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is 34 and lives with his cat. Although he started drawing at a young age, computers caught all his attention, and he worked in the IT world for many years. He dropped out from Computer Engineering and started studying filmmaking, working on his own projects and as a freelance illustrator in his free time. After a few years, he decided to leave the IT world and started working as a full time freelance illustrator and animator; his website is The cat is happy.

Product Details

  • File Size: 82852 KB
  • Print Length: 410 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1849512027
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (March 16, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0051SOR7S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,458,044 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Needs color and downloads for sample files May 27, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Just started to read it ... got it in a few days ago. But I am disappointed by a few things. First, the samples are are in black and white. For a book about Gimp, an image processing program - I'd expect to see color examples. Also, it would be nice if there were sample files from the publisher's website that could be used to work through the examples. I may like this more after I work through the recipes, but my first impression is not favorable. (I also purchased Gimp 2.6 for Photographers book at the same time and it left a much better impression, but have not reviewed it yet).

Update ... I have since posted my review of Gimp 2.6 for Photographers.
As for the Gimp 2.6 Cookbook --- don't waste your money. After wasting some time with the book, Ive updated my review down to 1 star.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GIMP 2.6 Cookbook July 4, 2011
The cookbook contains various features of GIMP which could be used for digital drawing and paintings, text and font design for logos etc, photo/image manipulation, and also for web designing. The several recipes in this cookbook vary from quite easy functionalities to complex design and manipulation techniques.

The first chapter introduces the reader to basics of GIMP, in terms of editing and authoring images, and use of tools like Blend, Smudge or Dodge.

The second chapter covers filters and effects. The third chapter explains working with text. It contains interesting recipes like `rubber stamp effect', the `fiery effect', the warm gold color effect and the icy cold color effect.

The chapter four deals with using GIMP for photo manipulation.It covers basic recipes like rotating and cropping. It has few complex recipes like fixing low-light photographs, creating the black and white effect, and advanced concepts like HDR (Hight Dynamic Range) photographs from normal images.

The fifth chapter deals with still advanced features in terms of photo-manipulation. It covers GIMP's capability of color correction and image retouch from the basic red-eye reduction to complex object removal from an image and correcting facial imperfections in portraits. These recipes would come in handy for any amateur photographer who wants to use a Open Source tool set.

The sixth and seventh chapter deals with Web Design Tips, which in my opinion is not a forte of GIMP. One would rather use Inkscape.

Most of the recipes contain screen shots for reference and even the detailed settings required for a particular step in a recipe.
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4.0 out of 5 stars First thoughts on GIMP 2.6 cookbook July 17, 2011
Complete disclosure - I received a reviewer copy in the mail for free from the publishers.

I have been using GIMP for years. For most tasks I use GIMP, but occasionally I use Photoshop for some very special filters it has. My impression is that GIMP's noise reduction (which was called greystoration, but now is called g'mic) is better than PS's. My impression of this book is that it is aimed at beginners. Nevertheless, I like this book for several reasons.
* There are a number of different easy-to-follow examples laid out in detail, which I personally enjoyed reading through.
* I find it a useful reference for a number of little things. Most or all of this type of material is probably on the internet in some form or other, but I like having a physical book where I know I can find what I want. (I guess this makes an old man!)
* I like that GIMP is free and open source, developed by volunteers, and that Packt (I've read) contributes back to the GIMP organization.

On the other hand, the book has some drawpacks. First, the physical book is in black and white. (The pdf and kindle versions are in color, and are cheaper.) Secondly, it seems to me to be a bit over-priced. (Again, maybe this merely shows my age.) However, if you want to learn about GIMP, this book is well-written and worthwhile checking out.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars not what I hoped for December 3, 2011
Ordered book because I am a newbie and wanted "cook book" instructions. Opened the book to crop a picture and instructions said to load picture and select crop tool. They did not tell me how to load the picture or what the crop tool looked like. Returned book for refund.
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