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GIMP (Visual QuickStart Guide) Paperback – May 15, 2000

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The GIMP is the digital image manipulation application for Linux/Unix. But with its extensive set of professional tools, the GIMP can be daunting for beginners. The GIMP for Linux and Unix: Visual QuickStart Guide is an easy-to-use, how-to guide to basic photo editing, manipulation, and correction techniques that will have you up and running in no time.

With this guide, you don't need to wade through menus or lengthy explanations; concise, step-by-step instructions and pictures walk you through each task. Novices can start at the beginning and work their way from basic topics--including selections, color and tonal adjustment, and blending modes--to advanced features such as creating animations for the Web. Those familiar with the GIMP can use this book as a handy quick reference and a source of new tips and techniques.

About the Author

Phyllis Davis is a graphics and Web designer, teacher, and software developer who has written a number of Visual QuickStart Guides, including one on WordPerfect 8 for Linux, three on CorelDRAW (for versions 9 and 8 for Windows and 7 for Windows 95/NT), and two on FrontPage for Windows. She also wrote Peter Norton's Guide to Visual Basic.
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Product Details

  • Series: Visual QuickStart Guide
  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1st edition (May 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201702533
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201702538
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #686,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I agree with previous reviewers that this book provides easy-to-follow instructions for learning GIMP. I used it recently to help me devise lesson plans for a 5-week class for children ranging from 8-15 years old! Having it with me to consult during class boosted my confidence, since I had never used GIMP before teaching the class! My only additional comment is that I quickly discovered that GIMP, which is continuously being revised, has new and different features which are not covered in this book. Fortunately, the online manual fills these gaps. Still, I think this book was a good purchase, and I do recommend it to GIMP newbies.
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I'm not a graphic artist, and I don't have time or the desire to read a mammoth tome on image manipulation. What I want is a book that will teach me the basics of GIMP in as little time as possible. This is that book. With this book I was able to get up to speed with most of the basic functions in just a couple of days. This is the best GIMP book I have seen for beginners. My only complaint is that most of the illustrations are in black & white, and the sections on color manipulation, etc. would probably be a little easier to follow with color illustrations. I plan to read the author's book on CorelDRAW in the near future
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By A Customer on May 11, 2000
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This is an extremely complete guide to the Gimp. Everything you can do in PhotoShop, you can do in the Gimp -- and more! (Plus, the price of the software is right!) Phyllis Davis' book tells how to do anything you might want to do, with easy step by step examples. It is well illustrated. Perhaps the best part is the full color gallery section, showing Gimp art from around the world. If you want to learn to use the Gimp, I highly recommend this book. (Heck, you could learn stuff about PhotoShop from it while you're at it. Phyllis Davis is a wonderful writer, and explains computer graphic concepts and tools very clearly.) If you are just curious about all the fuss about the Gimp (Gnu means images!) check it out, too!
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This book is *so* easy to use. There are pictures with each step and instructions that are really easy to follow.
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As a recent retiree it didn't take much to realize that Photoshop was too expensive for my limited income. Instead I turned to GIMP the free software program that mirrors the capabilities of Photoshop. This type of software definitely requires a manual for newbies. With the help of this very inexpensive book and Youtube tutorials, I was up and running in no time. Yes, this book is a bit dated but it does cover all the basics very nicely. The only negative was the fact that the examples were not in color.
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