GIMP

SkillsFuture Credit Approved Course

Introduction

GIMP is a popular open-source image editor that has slowly evolved to become a credible free alternative to programs like Adobe Photoshop. You will be learning how to translate basic image editing techniques to GIMP, such as cropping and resizing, selecting and masking, improving tone and contrast, and dedicates other chapters to retouching with the cloning and healing tools, creating illustrative effects with the paint and ink brushes, and working with text and paths.

Outline

1. Fire up the GIMP
1.1. Known Platforms (Linux, MacOS, Windows)
1.2. Language
1.3. Command Line Arguments

2. Using Gimp
2.1. Basic Concepts
2.2. The Main Toolbox
2.3. Image Window
2.4. Dialogs and Docking
2.5. Undoing and Things That Cannot be Undone
2.6. Change the Size of an Image (Scale)
2.7. Crop An Image
2.8. Change the Mode
2.9. Flip An Image
2.10. How to Draw Straight Lines
2.11. Common Causes of GIMP Non-Responsiveness
2.12. Preparing your Images for the Web
2.13. Images with an Optimal Size/Quality Ratio
2.14. Reducing the File Size Even More
2.15. Saving Images with Transparency

3. Painting with GIMP
3.1. Feathering
3.2. Making a Selection Partially Transparent
3.3. Creating and Using Selections
3.4. Moving a Selection
3.5. Creating a Free Selection
3.6. Using the Quickmask
3.7. Paths
3.8. Brushes
3.9. Adding New Brushes
3.10. The GIH Dialog Box
3.11. Creating a Brush with Variable Size
3.12. Gradients
3.13. Patterns
3.14. Palettes
3.15. Drawing Simple Objects
3.16. Drawing a Straight Line
3.17. Creating a Basic Shape

4. Combining Images
4.1. Introduction to Layers
4.2. Layer Modes
4.3. Creating New Layers
4.4. Text and Fonts

5. Enhancing Photographs
5.1. Working with Digital Camera Photos
5.2. Improving Composition
5.3. Improving Colours
5.4. Adjusting Sharpness
5.5. Removing Unwanted Objects from an Image
5.6. Saving Your Results

6. Pimp my GIMP
6.1. Grids and Guides
6.2. Rendering a Grid
6.3. How to Set Your Tile Cache
6.4. Creating Shortcuts to Menu Functions
6.5. Dialogs and Docking
6.6. Removing Tabs
6.7. Customize Splash-Screen

7. Scripting
7.1. Using Plugins
7.2. Installing New Plugins
7.3. Using Script-Fu Scripts