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GIMP 2.8 for Photographers by Klaus Goelker

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3.9 Creating and Editing Image Elements—Lighting Effects and Shadow Layers

Although GIMP is an image editing program, it includes tools you can utilize to create new image elements and objects, such as logos. In this respect, GIMP also serves as a painting program.

In the following exercise, you will learn several ways to create new image objects. You can use greetingcard.xcf to produce an Easter greeting card, complete with a few Easter eggs that you painted yourself. You will learn how to use masks to create simple image objects. And you will learn how to create, copy, group, change, transform, and position image elements. The exercise also provides a useful introduction to working with layer groups, which is a new feature with GIMP 2.8.

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