Beginning GIMP - From Novice to Pro by Akkana Peck

By Akkana Peck

With four–color portraits and screenshots all through, you’ll the right way to arrange digital camera photographs for exhibit on internet pages—including techniques like rescaling, cropping, and balancing colour. using layers, paths, and mask also are coated in huge element. after all, additionally, you will tips on how to draw traces and shapes make the most of styles and gradients or even create your personal brushes, styles, and gradients. GIMP specialist and writer Akkana Peck teaches you the way to the touch up electronic images, smudging away blemishes, solving red–eye, and sewing panoramic photographs. You’ll methods to faucet into the robust filters, results, and plug–ins which are to be had for GIMP and automate initiatives utilizing scripts. the whole publication is approached in a project–based demeanour, and as you move, quite a few initiatives may help develop your newly obtained talents. What you’ll research set up GIMP on home windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. discover the interface and configuration innovations. arrange your digicam photographs to be used on the net, together with rescaling, cropping, and balancing colour. study simple options resembling drawing strains and shapes, using styles, and utilising gradients. grasp complicated thoughts equivalent to layers, paths, and mask. Create your personal brushes, styles, and gradients. become aware of tips for solving blemishes, removal redeye, and sewing jointly panoramic photos.

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Linux users may prefer the extra flexibility that goes with Normal window. Keep above is a compromise between the two. Activate the focused image is on by default, but Linux users who use “pointer focus” (“focus follows mouse”) will want to disable it. Otherwise the active image—the one reflected in the Layers dialog—will change every time you move the mouse across the screen. If you do disable it and need a way to activate a particular image, move the mouse into the window and press the spacebar or a modifier key like Shift or Ctrl.

GIMP supports many of these (usually requiring external plug-ins, such as ufraw). A few raw formats are held as “trade secrets” by the camera manufacturer, and your only option is to use another program to convert the image to a more standard format before editing it. • BMP: This is Microsoft’s Windows Bitmap format. BMP files are quite large and don’t offer any advantage over PNG or TIFF. Save to BMP if you need to (for example, for writing Windows software), but otherwise it’s usually better to choose a different format.

In fact, some GIMP users prefer not to show the image window menu bar at all, and use that extra space to show more of the image they’re working on (you can show or hide the menu bar with View ➤ Show Menubar). If you right-click (Command-click for Mac users with one-button mice) in an image window, you’ll see the same menus you see in the menu bar, except that they now have tear-offs. Context menus are useful even if you don’t use tear-offs. Some dialogs, like the Layers dialog, don’t have a menu bar at all, so you perform most Layers operations by right-clicking on a layer to get a context menu.

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