- Series: Beginning Series: Open Source
- Paperback: 552 pages
- Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (October 25, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1590595874
- ISBN-13: 978-1590595879
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 58 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,696,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Peck’s textbook provides a thorough treatment of topics ranging from installation (on various platforms) and background on common graphic file formats, to drawing, photograph manipulation, filters/effects, and even scripting … . In addition, a thorough treatment of the tools useful to experienced designers is provided … . Peck’s book is effective in showing just how far GIMP has progressed in 12 years. Beginners may be surprised … with this free application, especially with the assistance of this clear, concise, and attractive textbook." (Ian van der Linde, ACM Computing Reviews, Vol. 49 (2), February, 2008)
About the Author
Akkana Peck is a freelance software developer and writer who has been working with open source software for nearly 20 years. She has worked for a diverse collection of companies including Netscape, Silicon Graphics, Sun Technologies, Hewlett Packard, and Apple, and has written imaging software ranging from GIMP plug-ins, to cartography, to scientific visualization. Akkana is a longtime member of the GIMP community and enjoys giving GIMP courses and presentations, as well as filling up her hard drive with digital images. She lives in San Jose, California with her husband and a motley assortment of old computers. You can find more of her musings at ShallowSky.com.
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I am using a 64-bit version of Mepis 7 a easy desktop Linux operating system, and found this book invaluable while I continue to learn. Gimp was one of the graphic software package included with the Linux Distribution I use at home. I have also downloaded Gimp and installed it in the neighbors Windows XP system and find it works the same.
That experience of installing this graphic tool in two different operating systems was different, The ability to move from my Linux system to the neighbors Windows system and have the same tools and functions available with this book was amazing... If you Need to learn this graphic software package, this published book will certainly assist you...
The Healing tool is one I use often and I would like chapter devoted to cone and the heal tools. Clone is touched upon, but with the healing and clone tool, there are things that can be accomplish I could not imagine possible...
In the next revision, also add an expanded easier method for the user to understand, to allow the student to become accomplished using paths. Please include more steps and exercises for the users to cope with this vast feature...
I am using Gimp 2.4.5 and looking forward to version 3 of Gimp and will be lined up to purchase the new book.
I've been using GIMP for about 3 months. I've been figuring out how to do different actions by trial and error, through web searches, and by reading PhotoShop books and tutorials. I tired of experimenting to understand the details of tools, and bought this book. It is OUTSTANDING. It contains clear explanations of many GIMP functions, and gives details and examples about the settings that control each one. I find the author's instructions very clearly written, well organized and complete.
Ms. Peck's technical skills and knowledge are reflected in her writing - she knows software development and software use, and communicates it well.
So far this book has greatly improved my use of many GIMP features and tools including: Layers, Clone, Selection tools, Selection Editing, Quick Mask, brushes, and paths, to name just a few.
My only criticism is that I have had a few advanced questions that are not covered, but this has been very rare. I'd welcome this book being twice as long - and I'd buy that new edition in a heartbeat. But until this outstanding author writes that book, the current edition is a great resource for learning and using GIMP.
Ms. Peck has done us all a favor. Whether you're a newbie looking to come up to speed quickly, an experienced user wanting to learn what's new in GIMP 2.4 or the occasional user who just needs a hybrid reference/tutorial to find your place again, this book is for you. Genuinely advanced users, meaning those who have figured out for themselves how to get things done in GIMP or other Photoshop-like tools, will still appreciate the guided tour. Those not particularly familiar with the tricks of the trade will definitely find many new creative points of departure.
Kudos to Ms. Peck and APress for having the guts to write a book to version 2.4 -- over a year before 2.4 was released. Sure, a few things changed in the final release (and have been described since on the author's website). But the combination of transparent open-source development by the GIMP project and Ms. Peck's ability to organize and communicate make this book equally useful for both GIMP 2.2 and GIMP 2.4. Ms. Peck even calls attention to minor interface differences between Linux, Windows and MacOS versions. Her passion for the GIMP is clear on the page and motivates the reader to set down the book and explore for himself. Make sure you have a bookmark handy when you start reading, because you'll want to go back and forth between the book and your screen!
I really can't find anything about this book that I don't like, except that I wish I could have bought it about eight years ago!
The open source community needed an updated gimp book. Gimp is already a mature open source project, and the two books that came out a few years ago were long outdated.
The best thing about the book is the generous use of images to illustrate her points.. APress did a fantastic job with layout and making it easy to find things.
I appreciate how the book reviewed a few basic points with general information. In short, this book has a little bit for everybody.