The Book of GIMP

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The Book of GIMP
A Complete Guide to Nearly Everything
By Olivier Lecarme, Karine Delvare
Publisher: No Starch Press
Released: December 2012
Pages: 676

The Book of Gimp is an excellent resource for learning how to use the GNU Image Manipulation Program. GIMP is a great photo editor that handles image composition and image authoring with ease. The Book of GIMP covers version 2.8. GIMP is a free open source software maintained by

This book is an extensive volume at well over 600 pages. Part One is a series of tutorials that gets the reader involved with using GIMP for real world projects. Subjects covered include photo retouching, drawing and illustration, animation, using GIMP for website design, and others. Part Two is a reference of GIMP tools and features. It goes into greater depth on the individual tools contained within GIMP. Section Two contains a chapter on Obtaining and Printing Images. Since GIMP is a great free photo editing software, digital cameras are mentioned as are scanners and printers.

Part Three contains Appendices. There is a discussion of Vision and Image Representation. Color theory is another included topic. Also found in Part Three are related resources and installation tips for the more popular Linux distributions, Mac OS X, and Windows.

The Book of GIMP, my thoughts

A tutorial explains how to copy and paste a photo directly to the image window. The text includes all the original images used to start each project. Copying the originals allowed me to follow along with each project. . Intermediate steps and final results could be compared with the finished project photos in the book. This made the tutorials much more valuable than just reading along with the text. Each chapter has exercises at the end for those looking to test their newly learned skills.

I found this book to be very helpful. I use GIMP for all my photo editing and web site graphics. Since the book contains tutorials, you will find click commands as well as numerous keyboard shortcuts. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about using GIMP. Learn more at The Book of GIMP at O’Reilly Media. This title is also available at

Disclosure: I received a free ebook copy for review purposes.