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GIMP 2.6 Cookbook

Book Description

Over 50 recipes to produce amazing graphics with the GIMP

  • Recipes for working with the GIMP, the most powerful open source graphics package in the world

  • Straightforward instructions guide you through the tasks to unleash your true creativity without being hindered by the system

  • Part of Packt's cookbook series – practical and efficient

In Detail

The GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition, and image authoring, and is a viewed by many as a rival to commercial applications like Photoshop. The GIMP is one of Open Source's legendary applications – renowned for its power and flexibility, but daunting to new users and with a steep learning curve to mastery.

This book is packed with answers to get you preparing great images with the GMP immediately. Even if you are a relative novice to this powerhouse application, the straightforward instructions will guide you through the tasks to unleash your true creativity without being hindered by the system.

GIMP 2.6 Cookbook begins with simple tasks like drawing and painting and then moves into the deeper and more rewarding areas of filters, effects, text, and fonts. You will learn how to create fantastic logos, scintillating effects, and beautiful backgrounds. Experiment with color and sharpness and also create a web design layout for your website. Imagine how great you will feel when you are equipped to create wonderful images that can give your website a much-deserved makeover.

Straightforward instructions guide you through tasks with the GIMP to unleash your true creativity without being hindered by the complexity of the system

Table of Contents

  1. GIMP 2.6 Cookbook
    1. GIMP 2.6 Cookbook
    2. Credits
    3. About the Author
    4. About the Reviewers
    5. www.PacktPub.com
        1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers and more
        2. Why Subscribe?
        3. Free Access for Packt account holders
    6. Preface
      1. What this book covers
      2. What you need for this book
      3. Who this book is for
      4. Conventions
      5. Reader feedback
      6. Customer support
      7. Piracy
        1. Questions
    7. 1. Using Draw and Paint Tools
      1. Introduction
      2. Creating an orb using different paint tools
        1. How to do it...
        2. There's more...
      3. Blending colors
        1. How to do it...
      4. How to paint a sky and clouds
        1. How to do it...
      5. From sketch to finished piece: creating a cartoon of yourself
        1. How to do it...
    8. 2. Image Filters and Effects
      1. Introduction
      2. Using Blur
        1. How to do it...
      3. Using Distorts
        1. How to do it...
      4. Using Light and Shadow
        1. How to do it...
      5. Using Noise
        1. How to do it...
      6. Using Edge-Detect
        1. How to do it...
      7. Using Artistic
        1. How to do it...
        2. There's more
      8. Using Decor
        1. How to do it...
      9. Using Map
        1. How to do it...
      10. Using Render
        1. How to do it...
      11. Using web design-oriented filters
        1. How to do it...
      12. Using logo-creation filters
        1. How to do it...
    9. 3. Text and Fonts
      1. Introduction
      2. Creating a quick logo for your company
        1. How to do it...
        2. How it works...
      3. Creating 3D text
        1. How to do it...
      4. Creating glowing text effects
        1. How to do it...
      5. Creating shining plastic text
        1. How to do it...
      6. Creating gold text
        1. How to do it...
      7. Creating icy cold text
        1. How to do it...
      8. Creating fiery text
        1. How to do it...
      9. Creating paper cutout text
        1. How to do it...
      10. Creating rubber stamp text
        1. How to do it...
    10. 4. Photo Manipulation
      1. Introduction
        1. Calibration, image modes, and colour profiles
      2. Scaling an image
        1. How to do it...
        2. How it works...
      3. Cropping an image
        1. How to do it...
      4. Flipping or rotating an image
        1. How to do it...
        2. How it works...
      5. Improving low-light photos
        1. How to do it...
      6. Scaling an image without deformation (Liquid Rescaling)
        1. Getting ready
        2. How to do it...
        3. How it works...
        4. There's more...
      7. Creating a diorama effect (simulating depth of field)
        1. How to do it...
        2. How it works...
      8. Creating HDR photos
        1. How to do it...
        2. How it works...
      9. Creating a black and white postcard with a color touch
        1. How to do it...
    11. 5. Playing With Color and Sharpness
      1. Introduction
      2. Removing red eyes from a picture
        1. How to do it...
      3. Coloring black and white pictures
        1. How to do it...
        2. How it works...
        3. There's more...
        4. See also
      4. Removing objects from an image
        1. How to do it
        2. See also
      5. Removing backgrounds
        1. How to do it...
      6. Creating surreal picture manipulations
        1. How to do it...
      7. Adding graffiti to a photo
        1. How to do it ...
      8. Cleaning objects
        1. How to do it...
      9. Correcting facial imperfections
        1. How to do it
    12. 6. Web Design Tips: Buttons and Blogs
      1. Introduction
      2. Creating a simple Web 2.0 style web design layout from scratch
        1. How to do it...
      3. Creating custom glossy buttons
        1. How to do it...
      4. Creating an Art Nouveau inspired blog template
        1. Getting ready
        2. How to do it...
      5. How to create an Impressionist inspired template
        1. Getting ready
        2. How to do it...
      6. Creating headers for your blog/website
        1. Getting ready
        2. How to do it...
    13. 7. Web Design Tips: Backgrounds
      1. Introduction
      2. Creating a colorful abstract background
        1. Getting ready
        2. How to do it...
      3. Creating a green time-machine background
        1. Getting ready
        2. How to do it...
      4. Creating a light spikes background
        1. Getting ready
        2. How to do it...
      5. Creating a retro dots background
        1. Getting ready
        2. How to do it...
    14. 8. Plugins and Scripts
      1. Introduction
      2. Installing plugins and scripts
        1. Getting ready
        2. How to do it...
        3. There's more...
      3. Using the 3D Screenshot script
        1. Getting ready
        2. How to do it...
      4. Using the Midnight Sepia script
        1. Getting ready
        2. How to do it...
      5. Using the Star Scape script
        1. Getting ready
        2. How to do it...
      6. Using the Antique Photo Border script
        1. Getting ready
        2. How to do it...
      7. Using the National Geographic script
        1. Getting ready
        2. How to do it...
      8. Using the Watermark script
        1. Getting ready
        2. How to do it...
      9. Using the Save for Web plugin
        1. Getting ready
        2. How to do it...
      10. Using the DBP Plugin
        1. Getting ready
        2. How to do it...
    15. A. Beyond GIMP
      1. Beyond GIMP
        1. GIMP Paint Studio
          1. There's more
        2. CinePaint
          1. There's more
      2. Platform-specific projects
        1. GIMP on OS X
        2. GIMP-WIN
      3. Useful links
    16. B. Release Changes
      1. Introduction
      2. Interface changes
        1. Toolbox menubar removed
        2. Scrolling beyond the image border
      3. Tool changes
        1. Select Tool
        2. Brush dynamics
      4. GEGL
      5. Plugin changes/news
      6. Backwards compatibility
      7. Known problems
      8. Running GIMP for the first time
      9. Command-line arguments
        1. Batch mode
      10. Adding tablet support to GIMP
      11. The windows and their arrangement
      12. Getting started with the tools
      13. Using Undo