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GIMP 2.6 cookbook Paperback – March 16, 2011
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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 omykron.com.ar. The cat is happy.
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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.
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. However those being black and white, many of the final images or even the Work In Progress screen shots do not help a lot in visualizing if this is what you would like in your image. You would have to pick an image of your own, follow the recipe to what you get versus what you need. On the positive though, the recipes at many instances provide a range, instead of a particular value of settings, so that you could play around to see what works for your image.
The book is worth buying if you are beginner at GIMP or if you are an entry level photographer who wants to work on post-process.
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.