Beginning GIMP: From Novice to Professional by Akkana Peck

By Akkana Peck

Author Akkana Peck demonstrates using layer mask in GIMP with a bit aid from Tux.

From first deploy to complicated snapshot manipulation recommendations, Beginning GIMP: From amateur to specialist, moment Edition explains how an individual can make the most of The GIMP: a loose, open resource photo manipulation application. you are going to how one can set up The GIMP on home windows, Linux, and MacOS X systems. as soon as you’ve put in the applying, you’ll find out about the interface and configuration techniques, after which leap right into a quickly and easy venture to familiarize yourself.

With four–color portraits and screenshots throughout, you’ll arrange digital camera photos for reveal on internet pages—including methods like rescaling, cropping, and balancing colour. using layers, paths, and mask also are coated in huge aspect. after all, additionally, you will how one can draw strains and shapes; make the most of styles and gradients; or even create your individual brushes, styles, and gradients.

GIMP professional and writer Akkana Peck teaches you ways to the touch up electronic photos, smudging away blemishes, solving red–eye, and sewing panoramic photographs. You’ll how to faucet into the robust filters, results, and plug–ins which are on hand for The GIMP and automate projects utilizing scripts. the whole booklet is approached in a project–based demeanour, and as you move, various tasks may help increase your newly obtained abilities.

What you’ll learn

  • set up The GIMP on home windows, Linux, and Mac OSX.
  • discover the interface and configuration ideas.
  • arrange your digital camera pictures to be used on the internet, together with rescaling, cropping, and balancing color.
  • Learn simple innovations comparable to drawing traces and shapes, using styles, and employing gradients.
  • Master complex strategies corresponding to layers, paths, and masks.
  • Create your individual brushes, styles, and gradients.
  • Discover tips for solving blemishes, elimination redeye, and sewing jointly panoramic images.

Who is that this ebook for?

This publication is for portraits designers, electronic photographers, and hobbyists. It’s is aimed toward those that have to make the most of a full–featured photo manipulation application yet don’t have enormous quantities of bucks to pay for Photoshop. The GIMP can also be the popular photo manipulation program for the open resource suggest. The GIMP is out there on home windows, Linux, and Mac OSX.

About the Apress starting Series

The starting sequence from Apress is the perfect option to get the knowledge you want to land that an important entry–level task. those books will train you a customary and demanding expertise from the floor up simply because they're explicitly designed to take you from “novice to professional.” You’ll begin your trip through seeing what you must know—but with no useless thought and filler. You’ll construct your ability set via studying tips on how to prepare real–world initiatives step-by-step. So no matter if your objective is your subsequent profession problem or a brand new studying chance, the start sequence from Apress will take you there—it is your depended on advisor via strange territory!

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Then type your intended key binding (Shift+S). The menu item changes to show the new shortcut, and you’re set! Now any time you press Shift+S in any GIMP window, you’ll get the Screenshot dialog. ) I mentioned the Edit ➤ Keyboard Shortcuts dialog, available from the image window’s Edit menu or the Toolbox’s File menu. It gives you another way to set your own shortcuts, even for some items that don’t appear in the menus. The dialog also helpfully warns you when you’re about to set a binding that’s currently used by something else.

It’s very useful to be able to try things while knowing you can always undo your changes and go back to the previous version. Undo is in the Edit menu, along with Redo and an item called Undo History, which brings up a window showing the history of commands you’ve used recently. You can also undo the last command by pressing Ctrl+Z. Undo is so frequently useful that it’s well worth learning that keyboard command. GIMP can undo several operations in a row, not just the last single operation. By default, it remembers the last five operations.

Figure 2-6 shows an example of how the quality can change with different compression settings, but I encourage you to try this on one of your own images to see the differences in quality and file size. 29 30 CHAPTER 2 ■ IMPROVING DIGITAL PHOTOS Figure 2-6. Comparing JPEG quality settings. The original (at Quality=85) was 16kb. You may be tempted to move the slider to 100% for images you store locally. Surely that would be best for images you’re storing, and would prevent loss of data from JPEG compression?

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