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The Book of GIMP: A Complete Guide to Nearly Everything [Kindle Edition]

Olivier Lecarme , Karine Delvare
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GIMP is a free alternative to Adobe Photoshop with tons of professional-grade features. But with so many powerful tools and menu options, GIMP can be difficult to master. Whether you're struggling to get started or trying to master some of GIMP's more complex features, you'll find the answers you're looking for in The Book of GIMP.

The tutorials in the first half of the book walk you through essential GIMP skills, like resizing and cropping images, touching up spots and scratches, and customizing your work area. Illustrated, step-by-step instructions show you how to:

  • Improve the lighting and composition of images
  • Remove distortions and noise to make old and damaged photos look like new
  • Create stunning panoramas and digital collages using a series of photos
  • Make, edit, and export custom textures, logos, and animated GIFs
  • Work with selections, channels, and masks to edit images like a pro
  • Create colorful digital art, layer by layer
The book's second half offers a comprehensive reference to GIMP's many features, including color balancing, masks, filters, and plug-ins. You'll find tools described in unparalleled detail, with coverage of nearly every option and parameter.

With illustrated tutorials and detailed references, The Book of GIMP is sure to become your one-stop guide to just about everything GIMP.

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A Look Inside The Book of GIMP

A List of the Author's 5 Favorite GIMP Tool Presets:

1. The Pencil Soft Preset - An extremely realistic simulation of drawing with a charcoal pencil.

2. The Blue Pen Preset - An all-purpose way to annotate any picture.

3. The Smudge Soft Preset - Provides the best option for smoothing a painting without making it look dirty.

4. The Eraser Soft Preset - Simulates working with a high-quality eraser.

5. The Splatters Preset - A very handy way of adding blemishes to a picture.

A List of the Author's 5 Favorite GIMP Filters:

1. The IWarp Filter - Allows you to build fun animations of people's portraits.

2. The Edge Filter - Can be used to create extraordinary interpretations of dull photos.

3. The Make Seamless Filter - Offers the ability to generate very simple tiled backgrounds for web pages.

4. The Plasma Filter - The most fundamental filter for building new textures.

5. The G'MIC Selection of Filters - Contains all of the most useful filters.

About the Author

Olivier Lecarme is a professor emeritus in computer science at the University of Nice, France. He has a doctorate in computer science. He has been a professor at the Universities of Grenoble, Montreal, Lausanne, and Nice, and has taught many aspects of computer science, including programming language fundamentals and graphics processing.

Karine Delvare is a web development consultant. She has a Masters in Computer Science, with a specialization in image and sound, and has collaborated on the GIMP development project. She lives in Mérignac, near Bordeaux, France.

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
"The Book of GIMP" (GIMP stands for "GNU Image Manipulation Program", and GNU, I'll leave up to you. There is history here worth exploring...) is a dazzling book full of pictures, illustrations and deeply technical, but fully comprehendible and comprehensive information on GIMP. And, the plethora of pictures only make sense, given what GIMP does.

GIMP is one of the most successful (and this is super-important) free software applications - ever. Free, as in "You don't have to pay for it... No strings attached." Additionally, you don't have to commit to one given platform or operating system to use GIMP. GIMP is developed and maintained for GNU/Linux, Microsoft Windows, Apple's Macintosh OS X, Sun's OpenSolaris and FreeBSD. Supported image formats are comparable to the most popular image and graphic formats found in large-scale commercial products, and is extensible through a large library of plug-ins. The Plug-ins allow you to customize and enhance GIMP for what you need.

The feature set in GIMP is huge, and anytime you add lots and lots of features to an application that deals with the complexity of image (let's think photos, and you're a professional photographer) manipulation, there is bound to be LOTS of information that is good to know, or good to have a complete reference. Well, that's this book. GIMP touts itself as the alternative to other commercial products in the same space that cost literally $1000+. To get the full value out of GIMP, one would first think, "Well, it's FREE. My expectations can't be that high!" Think again. YOU might not be paying anything, but there are people that have dedicated themselves and sweat equity to GIMP. In those terms, this application is invaluable. It's full of one thing that many commercial applications isn't: Pride.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
The Book of Gimp is an excellent resource for learning how to use the GNU Image Manipulation Program. GIMP is a great photo editor that handles image composition and image authoring with ease. The Book of GIMP covers version 2.8. GIMP is a free open source software maintained by

The Book of GIMP is an extensive volume at well over 600 pages. Part One is a series of tutorials that gets the reader involved with using GIMP for real world projects. Subjects covered include photo retouching, drawing and illustration, animation, using GIMP for website design, and others. Part Two is a reference of GIMP tools and features. It goes into greater depth on the individual tools contained within GIMP. Section Two contains a chapter on Obtaining and Printing Images. Since GIMP is a great free photo editing software, digital cameras are mentioned as are scanners and printers.

Part Three contains Appendices. There is a discussion of Vision and Image Representation. Color theory is another included topic. Also found in Part Three are GIMP related resources and installation tips for the more popular Linux distributions, Mac OS X, and Windows.

A tutorial explains how to copy and paste a photo directly to the image window. The text includes all the original images used to start each project. Copying the originals allowed me to follow along with each project. Intermediate steps and final results could be compared with the finished project photos in the book. This made the tutorials much more valuable than just reading along with the text. Each chapter has exercises at the end for those looking to test their newly learned skills.

I found this book to be very helpful. I use GIMP for all my photo editing and web site graphics.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ask Felgall - Book Review February 8, 2013
I have reviewed a number of books about GIMP and other graphics software but none of them have been as complete and all inclusive as this one. This book is not a reference to GIMP and not a book on how to use GIMP to perform specific tasks - it is both. No matter whether you are an experienced GIMP user who needs a reference to the more obscure commands or a complete newcomer to GIMP who hasn't even installed it yet, this book is what you are looking for.

The tutorials in the book cover things such as getting started with GIMP (including how to install and configure it), retouching photos, producing drawings, creating logos, and designing web sites. The reference section has one chapter per menu covering all of the options provided by that menu no matter how likely or unlikely it is to be useful to you. The only menu options the book omits are those where their function is so obvious that there is no need to cover them at all. The book even covers how to customise the program so that it works the way that you want it to.

The appendices provide further useful information about GIMP that doesn't fit into any of the chapters within the book. One appendix covers how to install GIMP on various operating systems - useful for those just starting out. Another appendix covers a range of useful online resources about GIMP so that in the rare instance that the book doesn't answer your question you can search for more information online.

No longer is it necessary to purchase multiple books about GIMP in order to have a 'how to' book and a reference, All you need is this one book which really is the complete guide to nearly everything - at least with respect to GIMP.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This is THE book for Gimp.
This is THE book for Gimp.
Everything you ever wanted to know about Gimp is probably in here.
Published 7 days ago by radiotales
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK
I am new to GIMP and this book is really great. Starting with the quality, nice beautiful colors and paper. The chapters are nicely done with lots of examples. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Helpful Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very all inclusive. The vocabulary is different from Photoshop ...
Very all inclusive. The vocabulary is different from Photoshop so one must learn anew but the price of Gimp is compelling.
Published 28 days ago by David G. Bingham
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
The book of gimp is an excllent tuturial easy to follow. You can work simutanously at reading on all the picture given as an exemple or exercise on the book, just by going to the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Alex
3.0 out of 5 stars A compendium
This is a good to very good book on GIMP. Lots of useful examples, but a few are a little cryptic. And the book merely reproduces the online GIMP help in a number of places. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jsquared
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and easy to follow
I need a good reference on GIMP and this is it. Comprehensive, detailed, and easy to follow. For example I've seen various howtos for image hoses but this book has the best. Read more
Published 6 months ago by C. M. Norwood
5.0 out of 5 stars An Extremely Detailed Book on GIIMP.
For any one who has tried to use GIMP, you'll realize the software has a very steep learning curve. It's not an easy software to use and not intuitive like others software like... Read more
Published 6 months ago by John D. Armstrong
2.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunately, too technical, and over my knowledge level
I'm computer savvy, been using them since apple ][ and before. Been using Linux exclusively for ten years(debian, if anyone cares)

However, I am seriously deficient in... Read more
Published 7 months ago by jazzmans
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for the Novice
I am somewhat disappointed in the particular book for The Gimp. It does have a lot of details in it but if you don't already know quite a bit about photo editing programs you may... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Thombar
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on GIMP 2.8
This is the book that gives you everything; 190 pages of tutorials, followed by 400 pages of reference material on every aspect of GIMP. Read more
Published 7 months ago by HNS
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Olivier Lecarme is a Professor Emeritus in Computer Science at the University of Nice, France. He has a doctorate and a "Thèse d'État" in Computer Science. He has been a professor at the Universities of Grenoble, Montréal, Lausanne, and Nice, and has taught many aspects of computer science, including programming language fundamentals, and graphics processing. He lives in Grasse, an old small town not far from Cannes, on the French Riviera (Côte d'Azur).

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