Beginning GIMP - From Novice to Pro by Akkana Peck

By Akkana Peck

With four–color pix and screenshots all through, you’ll how you can organize digital camera photographs for demonstrate on internet pages—including techniques like rescaling, cropping, and balancing colour. using layers, paths, and mask also are lined in large element. in fact, additionally, you will methods to draw strains 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 photos, smudging away blemishes, solving red–eye, and sewing panoramic pictures. You’ll the way to faucet into the robust filters, results, and plug–ins which are on hand for GIMP and automate projects utilizing scripts. the total ebook is approached in a project–based demeanour, and as you move, quite a few initiatives may help advance your newly obtained talents. What you’ll research set up GIMP on home windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. discover the interface and configuration suggestions. arrange your digital camera photographs to be used on the internet, together with rescaling, cropping, and balancing colour. research easy innovations akin to drawing traces and shapes, using styles, and applying gradients. grasp complicated thoughts reminiscent of layers, paths, and mask. Create your personal brushes, styles, and gradients. become aware of methods for solving blemishes, removal redeye, and sewing jointly panoramic photographs.

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Tear-off Menus and Context Menus GIMP has a lot of features, and exploring can get frustrating when you want to try out lots of different options that are buried in the same deep menu. Tear-offs can help: they let you grab any menu and turn it into a window of its own. 9 10 CHAPTER 1 ■ GETTING TO KNOW GIMP For instance, suppose you want to explore GIMP’s long list of Logo scripts, available from the Toolbox’s Xtns ➤ Logos submenu (Figure 1-5). You’d have to keep clicking on Xtns, then click or drag to Logos, then choose the item you want to try next.

I recommend enabling both: it doesn’t make the Toolbox much larger, and if you have the pattern and gradient in the Toolbox you can drag them into the image, a really easy way to fill areas. You can also choose Show active image here, but that’s less useful. Under Tool Options, look at Scaling: Default interpolation and make sure it’s Cubic or Sinc (Lanczos). Either of those settings is fine (the difference is subtle). Some GIMP versions defaulted this to Linear, which will give you far worse quality, especially if you ever scale images larger.

The Toolbox menus also offer another very handy feature: tear-offs. Tear-off Menus and Context Menus GIMP has a lot of features, and exploring can get frustrating when you want to try out lots of different options that are buried in the same deep menu. Tear-offs can help: they let you grab any menu and turn it into a window of its own. 9 10 CHAPTER 1 ■ GETTING TO KNOW GIMP For instance, suppose you want to explore GIMP’s long list of Logo scripts, available from the Toolbox’s Xtns ➤ Logos submenu (Figure 1-5).

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