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Book Review – The Book of GIMP: A Complete Guide to Nearly Everything

GIMP is a graphics editor tool and there are not much resources available to learn it. The recently released The Book of GIMP by Olivier Lecarme  and Karine Delvare provides a comprehensive coverage of GIMP in a consise style. Published by No Starch Publishing, the book is divided into 3 parts spread over 22 chapters.

The chapters in Part 1 examines GIMP basics, Photograph Retouching, Drawing, Illustration, Logos, Textures, Composite Photography, Animation and Image Preprocessing. The authors also provides coverage of the various tools used for designing a website including guides, snaps, grids,and layers.

Part 2 provides reference material for the following aspects associated with GIMP

  • The GIMP Interface
  • Display
  • Layers
  • Color
  • Selections
  • Masks
  • Drawing Tools
  • Transformation Tools
  • Filters
  • Animation Tools
  • Obtaining and Printing Images
  • Image Formats
  • Scripts and Plug-ins
  • Customizing GIMP

The Book of GIMP also includes several appendixes which provides a detailed coverage of Vision and Image Representation, Batch Processing in addition to several FAQs. The author also provided links to additional resources such as Tutorials, Communities, Blogs, Brushes, Plug-ins, Mailing Lists, IRC channels including information rlevant to graphics related tools and websites.

The authors have made a great attempt to provide comprehensive explanation along with plenty of screenshots in color.

I am sure that The Book of GIMP is a handy reference manual and the material covered will be very useful for beginners, media professionals and for all those who are involved in the usage of GIMP.

Posted by on March 18, 2013. Filed under Reviews. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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