Michael J. Hammel
The Artist's Guide to GIMP
Creative Techniques for Photographers, Artists, and Designers
As a full-featured, free alternative to Adobe Photoshop, GIMP is one of the wolrd's most popular open source projects. The latest version of GIMP 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.
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 advertisments, 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:
- Photographic techniques to clean up blemishes and dust, create sepia-toned antique images, swap colors, produce motion blurs, alter depth of field, simulate a tilt.shift, and fix rips in an old photo
- Web design techniques to create navigation tabs, icons, fancy buttons, backgrounds, and borders
- Type effects to produce movie posters and package designs; simulate clouds, cracks, cloth, and underwater effects; and create specialized lighting
Whether you're ne 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.
- Millions of GIMP users Students and open source advocates Artists, designers, creative types
Michael J. Hammel is an Embedded Software Engineer living in Colorado Springs. He's been involved with the GIMP since version 0.59 and is listed as a contributor in the About dialog. Hammel writes a column on the GIMP for Linux Format magazine and has published two previous books on the GIMP-The Artist's Guide to the GIMP (SSC) and GIMP for Web Professionals (Prentice Hall). The Artist's Guide to the GIMP sold nearly 25,000 copies.