by Michael J. Hammel
June 2012, 320 pp.
As a full-featured, free alternative to Adobe Photoshop, GIMP is one of the world's most popular open source projects. The latest version of GIMP (2.8) brings long-awaited improvements and powerful new tools to make graphic design and photo manipulation even easier—but it's still a notoriously challenging program to use.
The Artist's Guide to GIMP teaches you how to use GIMP without a tedious list of menu paths and options. Instead, as you follow along with Michael J. Hammel's step-by-step instructions, you'll learn to produce professional-looking advertisements, apply impressive photographic effects, and design cool logos and text effects. These extensively illustrated tutorials are perfect for hands-on learning or as templates for your own artistic experiments.
After a crash course in GIMP's core tools like brushes, patterns, selections, layers, modes, and masks, you'll learn:
Whether you're new to GIMP or you've been playing with this powerful software for years, you'll be inspired by the original art, creative photo manipulations, and numerous tips for designers.
Covers GIMP 2.8
About the Author
Michael J. Hammel has been involved with GIMP since version 0.54 and was a contributor to the early development of the program. Hammel wrote a column on GIMP for Linux Format for three years and is the author of The Artists' Guide to the GIMP and Essential GIMP for Web Professionals. He is an embedded software engineer living in Colorado Springs.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Fundamental Techniques
Chapter 2: Photographic Effects
Chapter 3: Web Design
Chapter 4: Advertising and Special Effects
Chapter 5: Type Effects
Chapter 6: Creative Inspiration
"A really instructive book that is expanding my knowledge of the program. Users who are looking to get more out of the GIMP might want to check it out."
"All in all I feel this is a brilliant book."
"For anyone wanting to familiarize themselves with GIMP, The Artist's Guide, either as paper or an ebook, is one of the best resources on its subject available in any medium."
"This resource is a solid stepping stone."
"The design is clear and concise, while the structure of the book will take the reader from a complete GIMP beginner to a confident designer."
"This is a really, really good book. It explains everything well, in detail, without expecting any prior knowledge from you."
"A very good book if you want to create your own artistic pieces with GIMP. It's well explained with big photos, good design and it will teach you lot of things covering a wide range of GIMP's uses."
"It's a good book, with decent instructions and engaging projects that any competent computer user should be able to handle, whether or not they have previous experience with an image editing package."
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"I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn photo manipulation, advertising style and creating your own web graphics, such as buttons, logos or mouseover menus."
"The Artist's Guide to GIMP, 2nd Edition was easy for me to read and helped me do exactly what I set out to do in a short amount of time."
"I would definitely recommend The Artist's Guide to GIMP to those who want an all-round, practical book on how to use GIMP."
"Hammel has done an excellent job of creating a number of chapters focused on creating beautiful artwork with GIMP. The chapter on setting up GIMP would be especially useful to absolute beginners."
"The material is extremely solid, well organized, and pertinent for new or mid-level GIMP practitioners."
"This is what I want from a book."