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By Michael J. Hammel

ISBN-10: 1593274149

ISBN-13: 9781593274146

As a full-featured, unfastened replacement 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 demanding application to use.

The Artist's consultant to GIMP teaches you the way to take advantage of GIMP with no tedious record of menu paths and ideas. as a substitute, as you persist with in addition to Michael J. Hammel's step by step directions, you are going to discover ways to produce professional-looking ads, follow striking photographic results, and layout cool trademarks and textual content results. those broadly illustrated tutorials are ideal for hands-on studying or as templates to your personal creative experiments.

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

  • Photographic techniques to scrub up blemishes and mud, create sepia-toned old pictures, switch shades, produce movement blurs, regulate intensity of box, simulate a tilt-shift, and fasten rips in an previous photo
  • Web layout techniques to create navigation tabs, icons, fancy buttons, backgrounds, and borders
  • Type effects to create intensity, viewpoint shadows, steel and distressed textual content, and neon and graffiti lettering
  • Advertising effects to supply motion picture posters and package deal designs; simulate clouds, cracks, fabric, and underwater results; and create really expert lighting

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

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The perfect selection can meld one image with another or map one image onto another. Or turn day into night. There’s not much you can do with an image editor without making selections, and this section focuses on learning how to select as accurately and efficiently as possible. All GIMP selections are outlined by a set of moving dashes, known as marching ants. You can set the speed of the ants by choosing Edit4Preferences from the image window menu and clicking the Image Windows entry. If you want to toggle the visibility of selections within a specific image window, choose View4 Show Selection.

The letters R, G, and B stand for red, green, and blue and represent the three color channels of an RGB image. Every pixel in an image is a composite of the pixels in each of the three color channels. Each channel uses 8 bits and can define a color by a set of integer numbers that range from 0 to 255. This gives you a respectable 16 million total colors to work with. By default, transparent regions in a single layer are indicated by a checkered pattern. The pattern is configurable in the Preferences dialog.

When ­editing is complete, press enter to convert the unmasked area to a selection. The Foreground Select tool can be very precise when isolating objects in an image. However, in practice this tool does best at creating rough selections that need further refining with the Quick Mask (described in “Using the Quick Mask” on page 34). Creating Masks from Selections Sometimes a project requires you to isolate an object in an image in order to create a mask of that object. Often this object is not easy to select by itself, but the area around it is.

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