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GIMP 2.6 cookbook

Juan Manuel Ferreyra

Over 50 recipes to produce amazing graphics with the GIMP
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849512022
Paperback408 pages

About This Book

  • 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

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.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Using Draw and Paint Tools
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

What You Will Learn

  • 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


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