By Akkana Peck
Writer Akkana Peck demonstrates the use of layer mask in GIMP with a bit support from Tux.
From first install to complex photo manipulation thoughts, starting GIMP: From beginner to specialist, moment version explains how a person can make the most of The GIMP: a loose, open resource picture manipulation software. you are going to the right way to set up The 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 suggestions, after which bounce right into a quickly and easy undertaking to familiarize yourself.
With four–color pictures and screenshots all through, you’ll the best way to organize digicam photos for exhibit on internet pages—including methods like rescaling, cropping, and balancing colour. using layers, paths, and mask also are coated in wide element. after all, additionally, you will the way to draw strains and shapes; make the most of styles and gradients; or even create your individual brushes, styles, and gradients.
GIMP professional and writer Akkana Peck teaches you the way to the touch up electronic images, smudging away blemishes, solving red–eye, and sewing panoramic photos. You’ll tips on how to faucet into the robust filters, results, and plug–ins which are on hand for The GIMP and automate projects utilizing scripts. the full ebook is approached in a project–based demeanour, and as you move, quite a few initiatives can help boost your newly got abilities.
What you’ll learn
- set up The GIMP on home windows, Linux, and Mac OSX.
- discover the interface and configuration options.
- arrange your digital camera pictures to be used on the net, together with rescaling, cropping, and balancing color.
- examine uncomplicated options corresponding to drawing strains and shapes, using styles, and employing gradients.
- grasp complicated concepts akin to layers, paths, and masks.
- Create your individual brushes, styles, and gradients.
- notice methods for solving blemishes, removal redeye, and sewing jointly panoramic images.
Who is that this ebook for?
This booklet is for images designers, electronic photographers, and hobbyists. It’s is aimed toward those that have to make the most of a full–featured photo manipulation application yet don’t have thousands of greenbacks to pay for Photoshop. The GIMP is usually the popular snapshot manipulation software for the open resource suggest. The GIMP is accessible on home windows, Linux, and Mac OSX.
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Linux users may prefer the extra flexibility that goes with Normal window. Keep above is a compromise between the two. Activate the focused image is on by default, but Linux users who use “pointer focus” (“focus follows mouse”) will want to disable it. Otherwise the active image—the one reflected in the Layers dialog—will change every time you move the mouse across the screen. If you do disable it and need a way to activate a particular image, move the mouse into the window and press the spacebar or a modifier key like Shift or Ctrl.
The only disadvantage to using high compression levels is that it will take slightly longer CHAPTER 2 ■ IMPROVING DIGITAL PHOTOS to save the file. Most of the time difference happens when saving; it doesn’t take a viewer much longer to uncompress a highly compressed PNG image. So usually it’s best to use the largest amount of compression possible. Cropping Fairly often, a photo has more in it than you want. Perhaps you took a picture of something far away, and your zoom wasn’t quite enough to get “up close,” so the subject only occupies a small part of the center of the photo.
2 and earlier located this menu inside the Layer menu. The Tools menu gives you another way to access the stuff in the Toolbox window. Most of the time you’ll probably keep the Toolbox open and access tools through Toolbox buttons, but the menu does offer access to tools that aren’t showing in the Toolbox. The Dialogs menu gives you access to any dialog, whether or not it’s currently visible; it’s the same as the File ➤ Dialogs menu in the Toolbox window. Filters provides access to the plethora of image filters and plug-ins available in GIMP.