Quick & Easy FREE Image Fixes for Beginners: GIMP Spotlight
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Quick & Easy FREE Image Fixes for Beginners: GIMP Spotlight

Learn to edit and manage your own web images the easy way FAST. Save time, money and sanity using GIMP and freeware
4.6 (308 ratings)
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9,437 students enrolled
Created by Kristen Palana
Last updated 4/2020
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 37 mins on-demand audio
  • 6 articles
  • 1 downloadable resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Resize, reformat, crop, rotate, touch-up, embellish, and tweak your images on your own with confidence.
  • Save time, money, and sanity by no longer having to depend on others for simple image fixes and edits.
  • Know how to make the most commonly needed and essential edits using the free image editing program, GIMP and the free online editor from Photoshop.
  • Springboard into the basics of GIMP and build a solid beginner's foundation for learning more about this and other software programs.
  • Craft professional-looking images that help boost your brand.
  • Bring an open mind and either Photoshop's online editor or GIMP to get started.

Are you ready to take charge and learn quick and easy methods for creating and editing powerful web images/ social media graphics like a professional in just over 1 hour?

Whether you are an entrepreneur, employee, content creator, teacher, author, or social media maven, over the last few years it has become CRUCIAL to know how to do a little bit of everything online. 

With this course as your guide, you'll learn how to confidentially and professionally create, edit, and manage your OWN unique images for your website, blog, eCourse, eBook, presentations, or social media pages.

Save time, money, and sanity by learning how to finally create and edit your own images without having to always pay someone else to do the most essential tasks for you.

This course was created especially for complete beginners as well as people who fight with technology who want to gain new and valuable digital imaging skills that can be used every day. You can watch and follow along with me as I show you how to make professional-looking social media and web images using the free online tools Canva and Stencil.

Included in the course are also bonus resources for finding  the best FREE copyright-free images, post-planning tips, and turning regular logos into transparent logos using free online tools.


I'm a practicing award-winning multimedia artist and a former tenured Associate Professor of Digital Media and Program Director of Film & Digital Media at The American University of Rome (2006-2016). I'm currently an Associate Professor of Digital Media at American University of Myanmar in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). 

Since 2000 I've been teaching students all over the world using my tried and true custom approach (turning complex information into something simple, memorable, easy-to-understand in as short amount of time as possible) to ensure that you get the most important, relevant, and useful information that can be applied immediately.

New bonus lectures and resources will continue to be added and timely design advice will be provided in the discussion forum. I love to help and always respond to inquiries and discussions ASAP.

Empower yourself now by enrolling in this course and join our growing learning community! Click the "Take This Course" button in the upper right corner and let's get started building your new digital imaging skills today.

Who this course is for:
  • This course is for beginners, novices, or anyone who suddenly finds themselves managing their own visual content online as a blogger, online instructor, or entrepreneur.
  • This course will help so-called non-designers/technophobes who don't have time, money, or patience for fussing around with fancy image programs and advanced techniques.
  • People who want an in-depth course about all the tools and features of GIMP should NOT take this course. This is a mini course to get the beginner or technophobe started with image editing. It's designed to get someone up and running in an hour or less.
Course content
Expand all 21 lectures 01:56:17
+ Introduction
2 lectures 01:51

Welcome to this course! In this lesson I'll explain how this course will help anyone create more professional-looking images by making the most essential image fixes and edits using the free program GIMP as well as Photoshop's free online Image Editor. I'll explain what is covered and what you need to get started.

Preview 00:40

This lecture will help you get off on the right foot and hopefully will answer questions about the best way to use this course.

Preview 01:11
+ Making Essential Edits and Fixes in Gimp
9 lectures 43:34

No matter which imaging program you are using, always make sure to adjust your levels. In some programs it's called adjusting the tone, value, or gain. It's the values in your image and it's crucial for ensuring your images are as crisp and vibrant as possible. Images that don't have levels adjusted often look muddy, blah, and amateurish.

Adjusting Your Levels: Always do this First and Every time. (Gimp)

This lecture will give you a quick rundown and heads up on a very important concept and feature that you will find in almost all imaging programs: Layers. In a nutshell, they are like little transparent acetate sheets where you can draw and then stack over and/or under your main background layer. There are many benefits to using layers. Learn
more in this lesson.

Layers: An Important Concept to Know in Gimp, Photoshop, etc.

Learn some essential features you can use to create multiple variations of the same image. Brightness, Contrast, Hue, and Saturation control the lightness and darkness of your image, whether it's black and white or trumped-up technicolor, as well as some cool tinting effects.

Adjusting Brightness, Contrast, Hue, and Saturation (Gimp)

In this lesson I'll show you how to scale, rotate, flip, and transform individual layers as well as your entire image if it only has one layer. Please note that actual full image resizes (dimensions, resolution, as well as file size) is covered in the NEXT lesson.

Scaling, Rotating, Flipping, and Transforming (Gimp)

Being able to resize, reformat, crop, and adjust file sizes for your images is a MUST HAVE skill that will free you from waiting around for others to do it for you for a fee. Many websites require images that are under a certain physical size, dimension, or file size. Learn once and for all how to do it yourself quickly, easily, and painlessly.

Easy Resizing, Cropping, and Formatting For Any Situation (Gimp)

In a perfect world, people wouldn't care about a little blemish or demonic glowing eyes in a photo. But if you'd like to present your subjects in a professional, flawless way, here are a few essential tools that will help you out.

Removing Red Eyes and Blemishes (Gimp)

In this lesson, I'll show you how to whiten a smile and how to apply lipstick, makeup, or other enhancing painting techniques you may wish to add. You can also use these same techniques to tint your background, some clothing, skin tones, etc.

Preview 07:43

Secret agents, take note. If you need to blur your face out in a photo or the face of someone else, you need this lesson. You can also use these techniques for blurring out backgrounds or logos.

Blurring Out a Face, Logo, or Background (Gimp)

You have the PERFECT image... except for that one annoying thing in the background (a hand, a person, a sign, a fly on the wall, whatever...) Let me show you some tools you can use to make your image the masterpiece it deserves to be.

Take Something Annoying Out of the Background (Gimp)
Now it's your turn. Using a photo you took or a royalty-free image, it's time to edit it so it looks and performs like an image fit for a professional website or magazine.
Let's Make Your Image "Magazine Ready!"
1 question
+ More Tools For Editing and Creating Digital Images (Beyond Gimp)
3 lectures 24:22

Don't stop at editing images in Gimp. Have a look at some of my favorite  FREE and intuitive tools that will have you making social media  graphics, web sites, animations, and more. Get a taste of what is  possible in under 10 minutes and be up and running ASAP.  [This lecture  comes from my full course, Skyrocket Your Creativity: 7 Easy Ways.]

Extra: 5 Easy & Free Tools That Will Free Your Creative Soul

In this extra lesson, I'll show you a quick and easy free tool made by the Adobe Photoshop people that will allow you to fix and enhance your web images for free. Use this tool to brighten images, increase contrast, crop, adjust, and more.

Making Image Fixes on the Go Using Photoshop's Free Online Editor
Extra: The Only "Evergreen" Tools You Need to Know in Any Imaging Program
+ Resources, Credits, and Conclusion
6 lectures 45:15

This lecture will show you where to go to add more functionality to GIMP and get it to do more for you.

Finding and Adding GIMP Plugins and Custom Brushes

Here are a few places where you can get royalty-free images that you can use guilt-free in your projects. Just make sure to read the licenses for each image and give credit when required.

75+ Resources to Get Free Images, Music, and Videos For Your Projects

This interview with top Udemy instructor, John Colley is full of some of my very best secret color tricks for making an impact, getting your content noticed, and boosting engagement online.

The podcast is aimed at other Udemy instructors, but my color tips can be easily used by anyone with a website or someone who uses text and images online, in presentations at work, etc.

From the program notes, we discuss pretty much in this order:

  • Introductions and a brief rundown of some of the courses I teach on Udemy and their descriptions.
  • How imaging and color psychology can impact your business
  • What color psychology can mean across borders
  • How gender can affect color choices
  • How to use color to affect the way people think about you
  • How to use color to make your courses more effective
  • How to use color in your lectures/websites/presentations to have a positive impact
  • Where you should use color in your Udemy lectures or presentations
  • Why you should avoid rainbow colors in your text
  • Why you should NEVER (almost never) use pink in an online course or work presentation.
  • Why red and orange can invigorate your audience in the right doses.
  • The importance of hierarchy in your online text
  • Why you need to avoid lack of contrast on your webpage
  • Why its easier to read black text on a white background
  • How to make course images stand out
  • How to make your images stand out to get promoted by Udemy
Extra Audio MP3: Color Tips For Your Images, Website, & Presentations

In this Case Study lecture I'll show you how I make my cartoon series, "Out There Doodles" by keeping a sketchbook full of text snippets, scribbles, doodles, and other ideas that I then further develop later on the computer.

New (2020): Keeping Sketchbooks and Journals: Enhance Your Creative Process

I like to practice what I preach. Here are all the Flickr Creative Commons images I used in this course along with titles, authors, and attribution licences.

Image Credits for Images Used in This Course

I'm so happy that you took this course. Thank you for visiting my online classroom. Please don't be a stranger and I hope to see you again soon.

+ Bonus: Freebies, Discounts, and Special Offers
1 lecture 01:13

Students will learn more about my other courses, eBooks, staying in touch, and more.

Bonus: Freebies, Discounts, and Special Offers