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Don't wait for the movie, get the book!
, August 12, 2006
I've been playing around with the GIMP for awhile, mostly on my own because the online help isn't very user-friendly for the layman. It would assume prior knowledge and was aimed for professionals who worked with graphics a lot. Through self-teaching I was able to use the GIMP but I knew I was only scratching the surface of it's capabilities.
For some time, I've been on the lookout for a book that would not only explain the various tools of this powerful application but go step-by-step to show how to create professional-looking effects. I stumbled upon the website introducing this book and, after checking out the sample chapter, I knew I found the book I've been looking for.
This book has something for every GIMP user. The text is written at a level where a layman can read it and instantly understand the subject at hand. The use of many screenshots keeps the guesswork out of wondering if you're at the correct menu. They will show you exactly what you should be seeing. It's almost like you're sitting behind the author while she's showing you the steps.
The book itself is softbound but has a nice heavy feel to it. Akkana Peck did a great job with the book's layout. Each chapter builds upon the previous one but, once you get an understanding of some of the basic tools, you can jump to a specific topic without feeling lost. Like I mentioned, I had a decent working knowledge of the GIMP but within 10 minutes I discovered a cool way of entering text that was buried in an unseen dropdown menu.
The book's title says "From Novice to Professional". I'm not a professional, so I can't comment on how useful it would be at that level but there's a lot of great stuff in here so I feel confident there would be some stuff for seasoned pros. But for the rest of us, this book is an indispensible guide to harness the power of the GIMP. Kudos to Akkana Peck... this is the book I've been waiting for.