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The following book was reviewed by Gregory Quimby, a Safari Books Online subscriber:

  • Title:  Using GIMP
  • By: James Pyles
  • Publisher: Que
  • Print ISBN-10: 0-7897-4472-4


Here’s an overview of the book:

More than just a book!

Get comfortable with the latest version of GIMP. Don’t just read about it: see it, hear it, with step-by-step video tutorials and valuable audio sidebars. Way more than just a book, this is all the help you’ll ever need…where you want, when you want!

Learn Fast, Learn Easy!

Using web, video, and audio

·         Show Me video walks through tasks you’ve just got to see—including bonus advanced techniques

·         Tell Me More audio delivers practical insights straight from the experts

·         Let Me Try It tasks break down the complex into easy-to-follow, step-by-step sequences

James Pyles is a consultant, author, editor, and technical writer. He has worked as a support technician for a city government IT department, a wireless network vendor, and supported a usability lab for Hewlett-Packard (HP)—and so is familiar with technology from a hands-on perspective. His most recent book is PC Technician Street Smarts 2nd Edition (Sybex, October 2009), completely updated for the 2009 version of the A+ exams. He’s also written MCTS: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Configuration Study Guide: Exam 70-630 (Sybex, March 2008) and SharePoint 2007: The Definitive Guide (O’Reilly, September 2007). In addition, James regularly contributes to Linux Pro Magazine and occasionally writes for Ubuntu User Magazine.

Here is the review by Gregory Quimby:

Using GIMP is a fun book that makes the challenge of learning how to use the GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) a simple matter. It is filled with quick exercises and tips to get you started with using this very powerful graphics program. This book is for the person who has never touched an imaging program, and takes care to explain all of the terms in plain language without assuming the reader is an experienced artist. The pace of this book is light and fast, and covers many of the main features that are available in GIMP. It demystified filters, demonstrated how to use layers, and much more. What I particularly enjoyed was the way each lesson was geared so that anybody could use it. Each lesson examined a set of tools, and demonstrates with simple steps how to use each one. I was able to immediately apply each lesson learned, and was able to come up to speed quickly with GIMP. After reading Using GIMP you will have a sense that, even though you may not be an artist, you could certainly edit almost any picture to create a desirable result. I recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn to create and edit digital imagery using the GIMP.

Check out this book.  Using GIMP, on Safari Books Online.

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