GIMP 2.10 Masterclass: From Beginner to Pro Photo Editing
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- How to Master GIMP 2.10
- How to use all the tools in the GIMP toolbox.
- The GIMP layout and its most important features
- All 38 layer modes (blend modes) for creating image effects.
- Important design and image editing concepts like Layers and Selection Areas
- What's new in the latest versions of GIMP, including GIMP 2.10.20
- Edit a photo professionally from start to finish.
- Use proper methods, not shortcuts, for better and more professional results.
- Import photos into GIMP.
- Edit photos for print or web.
- Make image adjustments using powerful built-in tools and filters.
- Touch up photos to remove imperfections or background objects.
- Enhance photos for a better finished product.
- How to Master the Paths Tool
- How to add a vignette around photos for a more dramatic effect.
- The Dodge and Burn Tools for a "Vogue" look.
- Crop or resize images with minimal quality loss, including cropping images into a circle shape.
- Export your photos to file types supported by GIMP.
- Create image compositions that combine graphic design, images, and filters.
- Edit black and white photos using recommended tools and methods.
- Edit low-light photos
- Remove objects from photos and perform other photo manipulations
- Repair old and damaged photographs
- Know how to take photos with your own camera and upload photos to your computer.
- Prior knowledge of how layers work within GIMP is a plus, though not entirely necessary.
- Know how to use a computer.
GIMP 2.10 Masterclass: From Beginner to Pro Photo Editing and Graphic Design
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It's finally time for you to master GIMP.
Do you just wish you knew all of the great things GIMP had to offer (especially as an alternative to or replacement for Photoshop)? Have you taken photos with your camera but don't know how to edit them? Are you struggling to make your images look great or professional in GIMP? Are you curious as to what GIMP can offer as a graphic design program? Not sure which methods are best for getting professional results?
This is the course for you!
Join over 5,500 students and start mastering GIMP 2.10 today! This course has more in-depth GIMP 2.10 content than any other course on the platform, plus tons of projects, assignments and course resources to help you practice the skills learned in each lecture.
Get familiar with photo editing in GIMP 2.10 to improve your photos and master photo retouching with this BEST SELLING course, taught by an 8 year GIMP expert and photographer. No Photoshop required!
In This Course, You'll Learn:
Getting started with GIMP
The GIMP layout and other GIMP Basics
A comprehensive overview of ALL GIMP tools in the Toolbox, including:
Setting up the program interface for photo retouching
Opening RAW images into GIMP
Editing your photos to improve their color and quality
Brightness & Contrast
Sharpening an image
Touching up an image
Creating a "Vogue" look
Designing a Photo Collage Using Multiple Images and Layer Masks
All 38 layer modes found in GIMP for blending images
Includes explanations of each Layer Mode Type
Scaling and cropping your images, including cropping images into a circle shape
Enhancing your photos with lighting effects and filters
Editing Black and White Photos
Creating social media banners for Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn
Includes free templates for social media banners
Exporting your images out of GIMP for use in print or web projects
PLUS you'll get access to over 10 hours of Bonus Photo Editing Tutorials, Graphic Design Tutorials, and Photo Manipulation Tutorials (including GIMP 2.10 tutorials) at the end of the course - commercial free - to help you further develop and acquire new GIMP skills! Tutorials cover a wide range of topics, including:
Top 5 Photo Enhancement Techniques
Fix Dark Portrait Lighting the RIGHT Way
Picture in Text with 3D Pop-out Effect
Rain Effect Photo Manipulation Tutorial
5 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do with GIMP
Acne Removal and Improving Skin Complexion
What's New in GIMP 2.10.2, GIMP 2.10.4, GIMP 2.10.6, GIMP 2.10.8, GIMP 2.10.10, GIMP 2.10.12, GIMP 2.10.14, GIMP 2.10.18, and GIMP 2.10.20
How to Open RAW Images in GIMP 2.10 (using DarkTable)
How to Fix Old and Severely Damaged Photos
How to Recolor Photos
How to Import Palettes
How to Create Pixel Art (For Game Design)
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By the end of this course, you will have a strong understanding of how to use the photo editing tools within GIMP. You will also develop a better eye for coloring and correcting your images. Overall, you'll be able to more consistently enhance images for a better looking final product!
My goal for this course is to teach you the proper and professional way to edit your photos, plus how to create amazing graphic design projects or compositions. I don't take shortcuts in my methods - I only recommend the best methods based on my 8 years of experience using GIMP and the recommendations that come straight from the creators of the GIMP photo editor. This comprehensive course will, in the end, allow you to focus on your artistic abilities when editing photos while also harnessing your newly-acquired technical knowledge of the GIMP program. Take the limitations and guesswork out of your photo editing and design process and create with confidence!
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- All skill levels looking to improve their knowledge of GIMP's features, filters, and tools.
- Beginner GIMP users who want to get familiar with this free photo editor.
- Photographers who want to edit their photos on a free and powerful piece of software.
- Beginner GIMP users who want to learn how to edit their photos.
- For those who want to "Photoshop" images but prefer GIMP or don't want to buy Photoshop.
- Intermediate GIMP users who have used the program before or are familiar with it but want to expand their knowledge of the photo editing aspects of the program.
- For those who want to master the various photo editing tools in GIMP.
- For those who want to familiarize themselves with the various design tools in GIMP
- For those who want to become more creative with their photo editing.
- For users who want to use GIMP for personal or professional art, design, and photography projects
Welcome to my GIMP 2.10 Masterclass! Go from a beginner to a pro GIMP user and photo editor with the tips and techniques I've provided throughout this course. We'll be covering some GIMP, design, and photo editing basics, as well as getting into some more intricate stuff (nothing you're not capable of doing, though). This course is beginner friendly, but also great for intermediate GIMP users looking to improve their photo editing skills. There's a lot to go over, so let's get started!
In this lecture, I show you how to customize the user interface to your liking (I highly recommend having your user interface look like mine to make following remaining lectures much easier). I'll show you how to change the color and style of the user interface, as well as adjust the size and style of your icons. Plus, I walk you through how to improve the performance of GIMP on your computer.
GIMP 2.10 comes with a darker theme and "symbolic" icons by default, which can be a bit challenging to get used to. Luckily, it's easy to adjust your theme and icon theme to make the transition from GIMP 2.8 to GIMP 2.10 much easier! In this lecture, I'll show you how to customize your GIMP user interface.
The toolbox is one of the most important areas within GIMP 2.10 - and I provide an introduction to this part of the GIMP layout. I will go over the tools in more detail in later lectures, but this is a great place to start if you are completely new to GIMP and need to learn your way around.
The GIMP image window is where you will be viewing and editing the photos you upload from your camera and bring into GIMP. You can also use this area to navigate your image, and perform some other cool functions. We dive into the Image Window section of the GIMP 2.10 layout for this lecture!
The Lesson on the Quick Mask can be found in Section 9: GIMP 2.10 Selection Areas, Lecture 74.
In this lecture, I go over the first selection tool (the Rectangle Select tool), while also covering the purpose of selection tools and what the tool options mean for selection tools in general. Plus, I show you what each of the tool options under the Rectangle Selection Tool do to edit the settings of or enhance the performance of this commonly used tool.
The Select by Color Tool is very similar to the fuzzy select tool, only it selects ALL instances of the color your choose throughout the image. This is a great way to single out any color or shade of color for selecting. Learn more about this tool in this lecture.
This lecture covers the Intelligent Scissors tool - yet another way to intelligently select certain pixels or areas within your image using GIMP 2.10. Learn how this tool's algorithm allows you to draw a line that "snaps" to objects in your image for a quick selection.
The last of the selection tools, and of the intelligent selection tools, is the Foreground Select Tool. This lecture demonstrates how this tool can be used to easily select and separate foreground objects from the background. You can then use the new selection area to add a variety of effects, manipulations, adjustments, etc. to your selected object.
The paths tool is a powerful tool found within GIMP that allows you to accurately draw curves around objects within your images. By creating paths, you are allotted more flexibility when trying to select areas of your image and apply effects or image adjustments to those areas. This is personally one of my favorite tools in GIMP.
This lecture provides the first in-depth look at the all-important Paths tool in GIMP 2.10. I talk the tool's ability to draw curves, as well as how you can find the Paths dialogue (a.k.a. Paths dock) to customize, duplicate, or perform other actions on paths you draw.
It's time to dig in to using the Paths tool! I'll show you how to prepare your image for tracing with the paths tool for the best result. Plus, I cover concepts like creating anchor points between path segments, drawing curves from those segments, and creating a custom, complex shape with the tool. I will of course provide tips, insights, and useful shortcuts along the way.
Drawing the path is just the beginning. In this lecture, I delve into manipulating your path after it has been drawn. I show you how to adjust the path in the Paths dialogue, and how to refine the path using anchor points and handles. The lessons learned in this video allow you to make more precise curves - upping the value of your designs.
After you have drawn and refined your path, you can perform a variety of actions or apply effects to your path. I show you how to create selections from a path, which allows you to cut out complex shapes drawn with the path, plus how to export your path out of one composition and import it into another. Additionally, I introduce you to performing transformations on your path.
In this lecture, we'll finish up our composition by applying a few more effects with the paths tool. From outlining a subject in your photo to editing an area of a photo within the path area you drew, the paths tool provides various options for compositions. I also cover a few additional concepts that are important for the paths tool that I did not cover in previous lectures.
In this lecture, I go over three tools found in the GIMP Toolbox - including the Eyedropper tool (i.e. Color Picker), Zoom Tool, and Measure Tool. I also show you how to use the new "straighten" feature within the Measure Tool that was released as a new feature in GIMP 2.10.
The alignment tool is a new tool that rolled out with GIMP 2.10 and helped make the program noticeably more powerful and useful. This tool allows you to align your active layer, as well as align multiple layers or objects at once to your canvas. There are a variety of alignment options and settings as well that enhance the functionality of this tool.
Simply put - the rotate tool allows you to rotate your active layer. You can rotate at any minute angle, or in predetermined increments for more accuracy. You can also set the interpolation quality prior to the transformation to maintain maximum image quality once the pixels have been moved.
The scale tool allows you to scale your active image to above or below its original size on the canvas. This is not to be confused with the Image>Scale Image feature, which allows you to scale the entire composition. However, the Scale Tool also allows you to scale a path or a selection - depending on which setting you have the tool on.
The Perspective Tool allows you to easily transform the perspective of a layer, which comes in handy when you are overlaying one image on top of the other and the perspective don't match up. In this lecture, I provide an example of adding an image to a laptop screen to make it appear as if the laptop screen is displaying the image.
The Unified Transform Tool, which was added in GIMP 2.10, combines all of the most commonly used transform tools found in GIMP to create one powerful, easy to use tool. You can scale a layer, change its perspective, rotate it, and move it - all within the same tool.
The Cage Transform Tool can be a powerful tool for those who properly know how to use it. This tool allows you to separate an area of an image with line segments and nodes, which will then transform those areas of the image as you move the nodes to new locations. This is a great way to make transformations to objects or people within the image.
This lecture covers another powerful tool that was introduced with GIMP 2.10. That is the Warp Transform tool, which allows you to warp pixels of your image in a variety of ways (i.e. enlarge, shift, shrink, etc.). This tool is definitely worth experimenting with!
The text tool box is similar to the Tool Options, though there are some slight differences between the two that are good to know (to save you hours of frustration). I cover editing your text using the floating tool box in this lecture.
There are plenty of cool effects you can add to your text - including the very useful drop shadow. I show you how to add effects to your text in this lecture, while also covering any other features I have found to be important to know about the text tool that weren't already covered in this section.
The gradient tool (formally known as the blend tool) allows you to use two or more colors to create a blending of colors using a variety of blend modes. GIMP 2.10 comes standard with the Live Gradient feature, which allows you to make adjustments to your gradient on the canvas prior to applying the changes. Take a look at this tool in this lecture.
The next brush tool is one that removes pixels from your image moreso than draws them. I am talking, of course, about the eraser tool. There is also a hidden feature - the unerase feature - that allows you to bring pixels back once you've erased them. Get more familiar with this tool in this GIMP 2.10 lecture.
This lecture covers the airbrush tool - a widely used brush tool made famous (and in some cases infamous) by high-fashion photo editors and magazines. From a technical standpoint, this tool is used to paint soft areas of color, including skin complexions of your subjects.
The MyPaint Brush Tool is a set of artistic brushes that were added to GIMP 2.10 to give artists more choices when it comes to brush types. I provide an introduction into this feature with this lecture, showing you how to access the many brushes it comes with and how to adjust its settings.
Like the Clone Tool, the Heal Tool allows you to clone pixel areas from a source area and paint them on a destination area. However, this tool is a bit more sophisticated and advanced in that it uses an algorithm to use surrounding pixels from the destination area to create a better, more blended result. See this tool in action in this GIMP 2.10 lecture.
The Perspective Clone Tool works in the same way as the Clone Tool, though it also has the built-in capability of allowing you to change the perspective of the destination area where you are painting in order to match the source area's perspective to the destination area. This is great for cloning photos or areas with different perspectives.
This lecture covers two separate tools - the Smudge Tool, which allows you to blend neighboring pixels together as you paint to create a "smudged" effect, and the Dodge/Burn Tool. The Dodge/Burn Tool allows you to lighten or darken the pixel areas you paint with a brush head, allowing you to perform tasks such as contouring a model's complexion or adding highlights and shadows.
Want to better understand the concept of layer transparency? I highly recommend you do as it is a stepping stone to understanding more important layer concepts like layer masks and alpha channels. Learn what layer transparency is and how it effects your compositions and photo editing/manipulation.
The next step in developing your layer mask knowledge is understanding how gradient masks can be used on layer masks to create dynamic areas of transparency and opacity. I show you how to combine the Gradient tool with the layer mask concepts you've learned up to this point.
The Layer Context Menu contains many additional options for Layer Masks in GIMP. Understanding this menu can help give you more control over your layer masks, making them easy to edit, to temporarily show/hide, or to delete or edit your masks. Mast the Layer Context Menu for Layer Masks with this lecture.
You're now familiar with layers - let's get into selection areas. This lecture covers contour lines, the lines that determine the boundary of a selection area, and marching ants, the moving dotted lines that show you where the contour line is.
By isolating areas of your image with selections, you can keep your painting or image adjustments confined within a specific area. I cover this topic here in this lecture and show why this feature of the selection areas can create some awesome effects.
In the previous selection areas lectures, I discussed contour lines and how they separate areas that are selected from areas that are not. In this lecture, I delve more into that concept, clarifying that contour lines actually separate pixels that are more than half selected from pixels that are less than half selected. In other words, I discuss how pixel values play a role in selection areas.
In this lecture, I show you how to freehand draw selection areas, important selections from one composition to another, and adjust the opacity of the areas within the selection areas you draw. Plus, I show you how to add transparency to your images and demonstrate the difference between working with an image with and without an alpha channel.
In this final advanced selection areas lecture, I demonstrate how to grow and shrink your selection areas. Plus, I show you how to invert selection areas, how to draw image borders, how to add selection areas as a layer mask, and how to use the Selection dockable dialogue.
In this lecture, I show you how to adjust your image levels using the Levels Tool. You'll use the histogram to increase the amounts of black, grey, and white in your image for a brighter image with better contrast. Plus, I show you how to adjust the levels for each of the 3 color channels in your image to improve the overall colors of your image.
This lecture covers the brand new Saturation tool, which was introduced in GIMP 2.10 to isolate the saturation feature from the hue feature (which are coupled together in the Hue-Saturation tool). Learn about this great tool and how it helps bring out or tone down the intensity of colors in your images.
Different lighting conditions will produce different color temperatures depending on the time of day (for outside photography) or the types of light bulbs found in a room (for indoor photography). This lecture covers the theory behind color temperature, while also showing you how to adjust the color temperature of your images in GIMP 2.10.
The curves tool is a sophisticated version of the brightness contrast tool and the levels tool - allowing you to adjust the brightness and contrast of pixels in your image across any tonal range. I show you how to use the curves tool for performing actions like improving the contrast of your image in this lecture.
In this lecture, I show you how to remove large objects - in this example, a crane - from your photos using a combination of 3 built-in tools found in GIMP: the clone tool, the heal tool, and the airbrush tool. This is a useful method, especially when the object you are trying to remove has a lot going on behind it.
GIMP 2.10 introduced a new tool called the Vignette Tool that allows you to easily add vignettes to your images. For those of you who don't know, a vignette is essentially a subtle frame that goes along the outside of your image. Vignettes are typically used to draw the viewer's eye to a particular spot in the image, or to frame the main object/subject in your photos. I show you how to use this tool to get the best out of your vignettes in this lecture.