The Artist's Guide to GIMP

For anyone wanting to do serious graphics work on their computer who hasn't already purchased Photoshop, this book shows how you can produce many graphics effects using a free alternative.

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GIMP is a free graphics program that runs on a variety of different operating systems. It runs on all the platforms that Photoshop runs on as well as additional platforms where Photoshop doesn't. What many people don't realise is that GIMP is almost as powerful as Photoshop and is an alternative graphics program that would provide everything most Photoshop users need without their having to pay for Photoshop. The most obvious reason why so many people pay for Photoshop instead of using GIMP is that they don't realise just how powerful GIMP really is.

That's where this book comes in. The book doesn't set out to go step by step through all of the commands available in GIMP. Instead it takes a large selection of different projects that often need to be done by those working with graphics and shows step by step how to perform those tasks using GIMP. A couple of the projects are even based on Photoshop projects to clearly demonstrate how some of the advanced graphics manipulations available in Photoshop can be easily replicated in GIMP.

The example projects in the book are divided into six chapters with the first chapter providing some simple projects to show you how to use GIMP if you haven't used it before and the other five chapters providing more advanced projects that demonstrate the power of GIMP. After the first chapter each project is almost completely independent and so where you need to create a specific effect covered by the book you can jump straight to that section and start work. The book even covers available add-ons to GIMP where those add-ons make the creation of particular effects easier.

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This article written by Stephen Chapman, Felgall Pty Ltd.

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