Image editing is a crucial element in the photographic workflow. Image-editing tools, most notably Photoshop, are usually sophisticated applications that are fairly expensive. The only open source tool in this market is the GIMP, which has been developed into a powerful multiplatform system that runs on Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows. The GIMP is a no-cost alternative to expensive programs such as Photoshop.
GIMP 2.8 for Photographers is a beginner’s guide to the GIMP; topics include the new user interface and tools, the basics of image editing and simple adjustments, advanced techniques using layers and masks, developing RAW images, working with the improved text tool, and preparing high-quality black-and-white images. The most important editing functions are presented in individual, easy-to-follow workshops. A bonus section on the included DVD describes special techniques for web graphics.
Author Klaus Geolker developed GIMP 2.8 for Photographers as classroom material for courses and workshops he teaches on image editing with the GIMP.
Klaus Goelker is a lecturer, designer and photographer who lives and works in Munich, Germany. He teaches courses on image editing at a local art school. He chose GIMP to teach this classes because it is free and yet powerful enough to do serious photographic image editing.
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