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Beginning GIMP. From Novice to Pro by Akkana Peck

By Akkana Peck

I discovered this ebook to include proper details which can be worthy in ones trip into the attention-grabbing international of picture manipulation utilizing GIMP.
— Ravi Kumar, Slashdot contributor
This e-book is excellent for the thoroughly new person, yet even the professional veteran can examine rather a bit.
— Chad W. Smith, GIMPShop dot Net
This one is the main entire and helpful books that I’ve discovered. I provide it a 5 for 5. I wouldn’t hesitate to suggest it to others.
— Mark Vandewettering, Brainwagon
Beginning GIMP: From amateur to specialist explains the way to use the open resource picture manipulation application, GIMP model 2.4. You’ll how to set up GIMP on home windows, Linux, and MacOS X systems. as soon as you’ve put in the applying, you’ll find out about the interface and configuration techniques, after which leap right into a quick–and–simple venture to make yourself familiar even further.
With four–color photos and screenshots all through, you’ll how to organize digital camera pictures for exhibit on internet pagesincluding capabilities like rescaling, cropping, and balancing colour. The booklet additionally explains with nice element how you can make the most of layers, paths, and mask. You’ll additionally the way to draw traces and shapes, use styles and gradients, or even create your individual brushes, styles, and gradients.
Touch–ups are coated completely: the right way to smudge away blemishes, repair red–eye, and sew panoramic pictures. You’ll even find out how to faucet into the robust filters, results, and plug–ins which are on hand and automate projects utilizing scripts. the whole e-book is specified by a project–based demeanour, in order you move via it, a number of initiatives aid solidify your newly got skills.

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You may be wondering, “My camera stores images as JPEGs. ” The answer is yes. That’s why many cameras provide a non-lossy raw format (discussed in the section, “Other Formats”) as well as JPEG. However, JPEG files are so much smaller that you can store many, many more images than is possible with raw mode on the same memory card. Use raw format if you’re worried about it, or if you’re bothered by the image quality of a JPEG; but for most people, the slight quality loss caused by using JPEG on a camera, plus editing an image once or twice and saving it again in JPEG format, will not be noticed.

Figure 2-6. Comparing JPEG quality settings You may be tempted to move the slider to 100% for images you store locally. Surely that would be best for images you’re storing, and would prevent loss of data from JPEG compression? qxd 38 1/27/06 3:48 PM Page 38 CHAPTER 2 ■ IMPROVING DIGITAL PHOTOS Alas, even at 100%, JPEG still loses some data every time you save; using a setting of 100% will produce a file two or three times larger than using a setting of 95%, and the quality won’t be any better. There’s really no advantage in using quality settings above 95%.

Jpg. ) If the GIMP pops up a dialog about JPG not handling transparency or layers, just click OK. Figure 1-22 shows the final image. qxd 26 1/27/06 3:46 PM Page 26 CHAPTER 1 ■ GET TO KNOW THE GIMP Figure 1-22. Wilber visits Chaco Canyon That’s all there is to it! Now you can invite Wilber (or any other character you like) along on your next vacation. Summary At this point, you should have a basic understanding of the GIMP’s windows, menus, and preferences. You’ve seen how to combine two images in a simple GIMP project, and perhaps you’ve spent some time playing with some of the GIMP’s built-in filters and plug-ins.

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