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Description - Beginning GIMP by Akkana Peck

From first installation to advanced image manipulation techniques, Beginning GIMP: From Novice to Professional, Second Edition explains how anyone can utilize GIMP: a free, open source image manipulation program. You will learn how to install GIMP on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X platforms. Once you've installed the application, you'll learn about the interface and configuration options, and then jump into a quick and simple project to familiarize yourself. With four--color graphics and screenshots throughout, you'll learn how to prepare camera images for display on web pages--including processes like rescaling, cropping, and balancing color. Utilizing layers, paths, and masks are also covered in extensive detail. Of course, you will also learn how to draw lines and shapes; utilize patterns and gradients; and even create your own brushes, patterns, and gradients. GIMP expert and author Akkana Peck teaches you how to touch up digital photographs, smudging away blemishes, fixing red--eye, and stitching panoramic images. You'll learn how to tap into the powerful filters, effects, and plug--ins that are available for GIMP and automate tasks using scripts. The entire book is approached in a project--based manner, and as you progress, numerous projects will help strengthen your newly acquired abilities. What you'll learn * Install GIMP on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. * Explore the interface and configuration options. * Prepare your camera images for use on the Web, including rescaling, cropping, and balancing color. * Learn basic techniques such as drawing lines and shapes, utilizing patterns, and making use of gradients. * Master advanced techniques such as layers, paths, and masks. * Create your own brushes, patterns, and gradients. * Discover tricks for fixing blemishes, removing redeye, and stitching together panoramic images. Who this book is for This book is for graphics designers, digital photographers, and hobbyists. It's is aimed at those who need to utilize a full--featured image manipulation program but don't have hundreds of dollars to pay for Photoshop. GIMP is also the preferred image manipulation application for the open source advocate. GIMP is available on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781430210702
ISBN-10: 1430210702
Format: Paperback
(231mm x 178mm x 36mm)
Pages: 584
Imprint: APress
Publisher: APress
Publish Date: 22-Dec-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Akkana Peck

Akkana Peck is a freelance software developer and writer who has been working with open source software for nearly 20 years. She has worked for a diverse collection of companies including Netscape, Silicon Graphics, Sun Technologies, Hewlett Packard, and Apple, and has written imaging software ranging from GIMP plug-ins, to cartography, to scientific visualization. Akkana is a longtime member of the GIMP community and enjoys giving GIMP courses and presentations, as well as filling up her hard drive with digital images. She lives in San Jose, California with her husband and a motley assortment of old computers. You can find more of her musings at