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5.0 out of 5 stars The Artist's Guide to GIMP Creative Techniques for Photographers, Artists, and Designers (Covers GIMP 2.8), August 2, 2012
This review is from: The Artist's Guide to GIMP: Creative Techniques for Photographers, Artists, and Designers (Covers GIMP 2.8) (Paperback)
GIMP is an acronym for Gnu Image Manipulation Program. It is open source software that grew up with Linux and has been ported to Windows and Macs. Michael J. Hammel has been a contributor to GIMP since 1996 (version 0.59). He knows his way around the software. Chapter 1 is an overview of the major tools and fundamental techniques. Skills reviewed or acquired by reading Chapter 1 will be the foundation for work done in subsequent chapters.

I found this book to be very enjoyable. While working the examples it was not uncommon to lose track of time while experimenting with the GIMP software. This book covers the latest version, GIMP 2.8. It has some new methods that differ from previous versions. I like it.

The GIMP is open source. As such, you can create your own tools to aid in your work. Creating brushes, patterns, and gradients are just a few of the ways to streamline repetitive tasks. For the past decade, I have been building a collection of digital photographs from my travels. I can't wait to work with them using techniques learned in this book. I expect this book will prove quite useful in upgrading my websites with a more professional look.

The Artist's Guide to GIMP provides the reader with tutorials in multiple areas. These include photographic effects, web design, advertising and special effects, type effects and creative inspiration for additional projects. The GIMP is a sophisticated program. The author does not attempt to cover the software exhaustively, but rather concentrates on areas of interest that should appeal to a broad audience. As an amateur photographer and web designer, I feel my particular niche is well represented with this work. As a personal aside, I particularly liked the fact that this book acknowledges Linux is a serious desktop and GIMP is a serious application. I could not agree more. I use both, exclusively.

disclosure: I received a free ebook copy for review purposes.
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