The Artist's Guide to GIMP: Creative Techniques for by Michael J. Hammel

By Michael J. Hammel

As a full-featured, unfastened substitute to Adobe Photoshop, GIMP is likely one of the world's hottest open resource tasks. the newest model of GIMP (2.8) brings long-awaited advancements and strong new instruments to make photograph layout and photograph manipulation even easier—but it really is nonetheless a notoriously tough software to use.

The Artist's advisor to GIMP teaches you the way to take advantage of GIMP with no tedious record of menu paths and thoughts. in its place, as you keep on with besides Michael J. Hammel's step by step directions, you will learn how to produce professional-looking ads, follow awesome photographic results, and layout cool emblems and textual content results. those commonly illustrated tutorials are ideal for hands-on studying or as templates on your personal inventive experiments.

After a crash direction in GIMP's center instruments like brushes, styles, decisions, layers, modes, and mask, you are going to learn:

  • Photographic techniques to wash up blemishes and dirt, create sepia-toned vintage pictures, change colours, produce movement blurs, regulate intensity of box, simulate a tilt-shift, and attach rips in an outdated photo
  • Web layout techniques to create navigation tabs, icons, fancy buttons, backgrounds, and borders
  • Type effects to create intensity, viewpoint shadows, metal and distressed textual content, and neon and graffiti lettering
  • Advertising effects to supply motion picture posters and package deal designs; simulate clouds, cracks, textile, and underwater results; and create really expert lighting

Whether you are new to GIMP or you have been twiddling with this robust software program for years, you can be encouraged through the unique artwork, artistic photograph manipulations, and diverse guidance for designers.

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4 Selections 31 The Select by Color Tool The Select by Color tool is best at pulling a shape from an image based on groups of pixels that aren’t necessarily adjacent to each other. Its Tool Options dialog also offers a Threshold setting that functions just like the Fuzzy Select tool’s Threshold setting: it selects all pixels within range of the threshold. When using the Select by Color tool, however, the pixels do not have to be adjacent. Therefore, this tool can potentially create thousands of small, independent selections.

The layers within the group are included in the canvas window if both the group visibility and the layer visibility are enabled (that is, the eye icon is visible for both). Layers can be added to the group by dragging them in the Layers dialog and dropping them onto the group layer. Alternatively, select the group layer first, and then create a new layer. Grouped layers are easier to manage in projects with large numbers of layers. When you copy and paste something onto the canvas, GIMP creates a temporary layer called a f loating selection.

The Preferences dialog shows that brush settings are shared among all of the GIMP’s paint tools (the Brush checkbox is checked). 1 Drawing and Painting 11 As you can see here, a paint tool’s brushstroke can be set to fade as it is applied. The distance the stroke travels before the fade can also be adjusted in the Tool Options dialog, using Dynamics. First, set the Dynamics option to Basic Dynamics. Then click Dynamics Options to display the Fade Options and adjust the Fade Length value to determine the length of the stroke before the fade.

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