GIMP 2.6 cookbook

GIMP 2.6 cookbook
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Table of Contents
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  • Recipes for working with the GIMP, the most powerful open source graphics package in the world
  • Straightforward instructions guide you through the tasks to unleash your true creativity without being hindered by the system
  • Part of Packt's cookbook series – practical and efficient

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 408 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : March 2011
ISBN : 1849512027
ISBN 13 : 9781849512022
Author(s) : Juan Manuel Ferreyra
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Other, Cookbooks, Open Source, Web Graphics & Video

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Using Draw and Paint Tools
Chapter 2: Image Filters and Effects
Chapter 3: Text and Fonts
Chapter 4: Photo Manipulation
Chapter 5: Playing With Color and Sharpness
Chapter 6: Web Design Tips: Buttons and Blogs
Chapter 7: Web Design Tips: Backgrounds
Chapter 8: Plugins and Scripts
Appendix A: Beyond GIMP
Appendix B: Release Changes
  • Chapter 1: Using Draw and Paint Tools
    • Introduction
    • Creating an orb using different paint tools
    • Blending colors
    • How to paint a sky and clouds
    • From sketch to finished piece: creating a cartoon of yourself
    • Chapter 2: Image Filters and Effects
      • Introduction
      • Using Blur
      • Using Distorts
      • Using Light and Shadow
      • Using Noise
      • Using Edge-Detect
      • Using Artistic
      • Using Decor
      • Using Map
      • Using Render
      • Using web design-oriented filters
      • Using logo-creation filters
      • Chapter 3: Text and Fonts
        • Introduction
        • Creating a quick logo for your company
        • Creating 3D text
        • Creating glowing text effects
        • Creating shining plastic text
        • Creating gold text
        • Creating icy cold text
        • Creating fiery text
        • Creating paper cutout text
        • Creating rubber stamp text
        • Chapter 4: Photo Manipulation
          • Introduction
          • Scaling an image
          • Cropping an image
          • Flipping or rotating an image
          • Improving low-light photos
          • Scaling an image without deformation (Liquid Rescaling)
          • Creating a diorama effect (simulating depth of field)
          • Creating HDR photos
          • Creating a black and white postcard with a color touch
          • Chapter 5: Playing With Color and Sharpness
            • Introduction
            • Removing red eyes from a picture
            • Coloring black and white pictures
            • Removing objects from an image
            • Removing backgrounds
            • Creating surreal picture manipulations
            • Adding graffiti to a photo
            • Cleaning objects
            • Correcting facial imperfections
            • Chapter 6: Web Design Tips: Buttons and Blogs
              • Introduction
              • Creating a simple Web 2.0 style web design layout from scratch
              • Creating custom glossy buttons
              • Creating an Art Nouveau inspired blog template
              • How to create an Impressionist inspired template
              • Creating headers for your blog/website
              • Chapter 7: Web Design Tips: Backgrounds
                • Introduction
                • Creating a colorful abstract background
                • Creating a green time-machine background
                • Creating a light spikes background
                • Creating a retro dots background
                • Chapter 8: Plugins and Scripts
                  • Introduction
                  • Installing plugins and scripts
                  • Using the 3D Screenshot script
                  • Using the Midnight Sepia script
                  • Using the Star Scape script
                  • Using the Antique Photo Border script
                  • Using the National Geographic script
                  • Using the Watermark script
                  • Using the Save for Web plugin
                  • Using the DBP Plugin
                    • Appendix B: Release Changes
                      • Introduction
                      • Interface changes
                      • Tool changes
                      • GEGL
                      • Plugin changes/news
                      • Backwards compatibility
                      • Known problems
                      • Running GIMP for the first time
                      • Command-line arguments
                      • Adding tablet support to GIMP
                      • The windows and their arrangement
                      • Getting started with the tools
                      • Using Undo

                      Juan Manuel Ferreyra

                      Juan Manuel Ferreyra is an illustrator and animator from Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is 34 and lives with his cat. Although he started drawing at a young age, computers caught all his attention, and he worked in the IT world for many years. He dropped out from Computer Engineering and started studying filmmaking, working on his own projects and as a freelance illustrator in his free time. After a few years, he decided to leave the IT world and started working as a full time freelance illustrator and animator; his website is The cat is happy.
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                      What you will learn from this book

                      • Draw and paint using the GIMP
                      • Use filters and effects to modify an image as per your needs
                      • Play with text and fonts to create logos, 3D text, and glowing effects
                      • Manipulate images by scaling, cropping, flipping, and rotating
                      • Play with color and sharpness to create exciting and unexpected results
                      • Create a simple web design layout with glossy buttons, blog template, and headers
                      • Create beautiful and attractive images that can work as website backgrounds
                      • Install and use plugins and scripts

                      In Detail

                      The GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition, and image authoring, and is a viewed by many as a rival to commercial applications like Photoshop. The GIMP is one of Open Source's legendary applications – renowned for its power and flexibility, but daunting to new users and with a steep learning curve to mastery.

                      This book is packed with answers to get you preparing great images with the GMP immediately. Even if you are a relative novice to this powerhouse application, the straightforward instructions will guide you through the tasks to unleash your true creativity without being hindered by the system.

                      GIMP 2.6 Cookbook begins with simple tasks like drawing and painting and then moves into the deeper and more rewarding areas of filters, effects, text, and fonts. You will learn how to create fantastic logos, scintillating effects, and beautiful backgrounds. Experiment with color and sharpness and also create a web design layout for your website. Imagine how great you will feel when you are equipped to create wonderful images that can give your website a much-deserved makeover.

                      Straightforward instructions guide you through tasks with the GIMP to unleash your true creativity without being hindered by the complexity of the system


                      Practical recipes with real results:



                      This book is part of Packt's Cookbook series. A Packt Cookbook contains step-by-step recipes for solutions to the most important problems you face when working with a topic.

                      Inside this Cookbook you will find:

                      • A straightforward and easy-to-follow format
                      • A selection of the most important tasks and problems
                      • Carefully organized instructions for solving the problem efficiently
                      • Clear explanations of what you did
                      • Details for applying the solution to other situations

                      Who this book is for

                      This book is for anyone who wants great images, without worrying about how a system as powerful as the GIMP works to get them. If you're a graphic designer, a photographer, or just want to prepare images for the Web, you will find the answers you need here.

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