GIMP 2.8/2.10 for Beginners: Free Book and eBook Covers
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GIMP 2.8/2.10 for Beginners: Free Book and eBook Covers

GIMP 2.8/2.10 graphic design for beginners: Free GIMP on Windows/Mac/Linux: Free book/eBook covers for self-publishing!
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Created by Brian Jackson
Last updated 10/2018
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This course includes
  • 10.5 hours on-demand video
  • 8 articles
  • 7 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Install the GIMP on Your PC
  • Use the GIMP to produce a basic book cover
  • Use advanced concepts to produce professional looking book covers
  • Use tips and suggestions to maximize our design and implemention
Requirements
  • A PC running Windows or Linux or a Mac running MacOS
  • Some free memory and disc space to accommodate the GIMP and your images
Description

Learn the GIMP from the Ground Up 

In this course I'll show you how to use the Gnu Image Manipulation Program (GIMP), a free Photoshop like program, to produce professional looking, high quality graphics on a budget. The course uses the creation of book covers for self-publishing as the basis for demonstrating the use of the program. The techniques demonstrated can be used to create stunning graphics for any purpose including display on the Web. 

           GIMP Easily Explained:
     Excellent course with detailed explanations on how to use GIMP to create fabulous book covers. Thank you!
     -Maria Oquendo
 

This course provides material suitable for the absolute beginner and includes information on how to install all required tools and resources.  It then goes on to show you how to use those components to produce unique, professional looking, and high quality graphics suitable for use as book covers for self-publishing.  The course includes information on graphic composition that can be used to cause the most important elements of your image stand out. 

Note: I demonstrate the use of the GIMP on a PC running Microsoft Windows 7. If you're a Linux or Mac user, the GIMP is also available to you, and information in this course beyond installation is fully applicable. 

Sell More of Anything with Professional Looking Graphics 

Though you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, the truth is that most people do exactly that.  Why not produce the best impression you can by displaying stunning graphics mixed with text.  Whether you're selling books or some other product, graphics that can capture the customer's attention will give you a leg up in differentiating yourself from your competition. 

This Course Includes Everything You Need to Know to Become Proficient with the GIMP 

This course includes 29 lectures, over two hours of material, divided into the following major categories of information: 

  • Installing, staring, and stopping the GIMP

  • GIMP window layout

  • Creating a simple book cover

  • Working with layers and selections

  • Loading fonts and using text effects

  • Buying and manipulating inexpensive images

  • Creating colored boxes

  • Using layer masks

  • Stroking a path

  • Putting it all together

Learn to Create Stunning Book Covers and More 

Why focus on book covers? The course benefits from having a specific focus and I'm the most familiar with using the GIMP to create book covers.  Besides, you only need to know the fundamentals of using the GIMP to produce book covers. Don't worry, you can still create amazing images for the Web and beyond using the basics of the GIMP. 

            A Great Cover Course
     Bite sized lessons that are clear and concise on how to use The GIMP to create ebook covers for the KINDLE. Very easy to follow.
     -Bronwyn Wilson
 

This course uses a combination of presentation slides and screen capture to show you how to use the GIMP to produce book covers specifically. 

Expect to spend several days to weeks digesting all the information provided in this course. 

Start Today! 

Silly as it may seem, your book cover is the first characteristic of your book that is likely to distinguish you from the crowd. Why not spend some time learning how to produce a quality, professional looking book cover for your self-published work using free tools and inexpensive professional quality images?

I'll see you in the classroom,

---Brian

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone seeking an introduction on how to produce high quality graphics using the GIMP
  • Self-published authors needing to produce professional looking, high quality book covers on a budget
Course content
Expand all 102 lectures 10:20:24
+ Introduction
7 lectures 31:19

This course introduction provides an overview of the course objectives and my computing environment.

Preview 05:15

GIMP 2.10 implements some significant interface changes that could confuse the novice user and frustrate a pro.  This video shows how to change the GIMP 2.10 interface to look more like GIMP 2.8.  I recommend that my GIMP student watch this lesson in order to match the GIMP to my video tutorials.

Preview 07:41

In this lecture I demonstrate how to install the GIMP on Windows 7.

Preview 02:36

Learn to start the GIMP, the screen layout presented by the GIMP program, and how to exit the GIMP.

Preview 02:45

Some additional information from the cutting room floor.

Preview 01:14
+ Creating a Simple Book Cover
8 lectures 27:20

Create an entirely white image the correct dimensions and resolution for a book cover.

Preview 01:29

In this lecture we cover how to load images off the internet and load them onto a cover. Warning: Only use to which you own the rights, such as purchased images, for your book covers.

Preview 05:01

Explains how to insert a simple title and author name over the top of the image.

Preview 01:29

Learn how to save your book cover for later manipulation using the GIMP and for display on the Web.

Preview 01:56
+ Working with Layers and Selections
9 lectures 46:31
Introduction to Working with Layers and Selections
01:45

In this lecture we introduce layers, an important element when it comes to composing complex images from simple components.

Defining and Manipulating Layers
04:45

How to use the image selection tools.

Selecting Images and Image Components
05:27

Review how to apply various visual effects to selected regions of an image.

Applying Effects to Selections
03:57

Learn how to select, copy, cut, and paste graphical selections.

Copying, Cutting, and Pasting Selections
07:24

Here is some additional information on the use of layers focusing on the Layers Window menu.

Supplement: More on Layers
05:53
Working with Layers and Selections Section Workshop
15:45
Working with Layers and Selections Section Project
00:24
Conclusion to Working with Layers and Selections
01:11
+ Loading Fonts and Using Text Effects
8 lectures 31:50
Introduction to Loading Fonts and Using Text Effects
02:32

Let's look at what can be done to make your text look special.

Text Manipulation
06:19

In this lesson we review how to search the internet for free fonts and load them into the GIMP for usage on our book covers.

Loading Fonts
03:47

Explore how to make use of the fonts you downloaded.

Using Fonts
04:30

How to make text standout by placing drop shadows beneath.

Blurring and Drop Shadows
02:52
Loading Fonts and Using Text Effects Section Workshop
10:28
Loading Fonts and Using Text Effects Section Project
00:18
Conclusion to Loading Fonts and Using Text Effects
01:04
+ Buying and Manipulating Inexpensive/Free Images
8 lectures 27:09
Introduction to Buying and Manipulating Inexpensive/Free Images
01:50
Pixabay: An Early Warning!
01:45

This chapter outlines purchasing inexpensive images from Canstock.com for use on your book covers.

Buying Inexpensive Images Off the Internet
07:48

This lecture explains some of the manipulations that can applied to images once they're selected.

Manipulating the Images
05:12
Using the Clone Tool
03:08
Buying and Manipulating Inexpensive/Free Images Section Workshop
06:03
Buying and Manipulating Inexpensive/Free Images Section Project
00:16
Conclusion to Buying and Manipulating Inexpensive/Free Images
01:07
+ Creating Colored Boxes
8 lectures 24:11
Introduction to Creating Colored Boxes
02:12

Learn how to create rectangles of color our your book covers.

Making Colored Boxes
02:57

Learn to use the GIMP Color Picker tool to sample colors from images or other websites.

Sampling Colors
02:36

Learn to use the color gradient tool to produce boxes and background containing color gradients.

Using Color Gradients
02:23

Use colored boxes behind text layers to make the text standout on your book cover.

Displaying Text Over Colored Boxes
03:43
Creating Colored Boxes Section Workshop
09:09
Creating Colored Boxes Section Project
00:16
Conclusion to Creating Colored Boxes
00:55
+ Using Layer Masks and Paths
8 lectures 37:45
Introduction to Using Layer Masks and Paths
02:10

Learn how to use layer masks to produce image and text effects.

Two Applications of Layer Masks
07:17

Learn how to outline text by stroking a path.

Stroking a Path Around Text
02:27
Circular Text
08:35
Making Text Follow an Arbitrary Path
06:38
Using Layer Masks and Paths Section Workshop
09:17
Using Layer Masks and Paths Section Project
00:11
Conclusion to Using Layer Masks and Paths
01:10
+ Book Cover Design Theory
12 lectures 43:20
Introduction to Book Cover Design Theory
03:15

This lecture discusses options for branding yourself and individual book series.  Always write in a series.  Use common colors, fonts, images and layout to make finding the next in the series easy.

Branding
04:35
Satisfying Genre Expectations
04:01
Use of Color
04:31
Use of Images
05:56
Cover Layout
01:34
Making Your Text Pop
01:57
View Your Work in Thumbnail Size
03:44
Analyze Peer Book Covers
05:32
Book Cover Design Theory Workshop
07:12
Book Cover Design Theory Section Project
00:11
Conclusion to Book Cover Design Theory
00:52
+ Putting It All Together
4 lectures 41:18

As a final project we create a simple yet pleasing book cover by combining images with text and colored boxes.

Let's Create a Book Cover, Shall we?
15:34
Making a Space Book Cover
12:23

In this lecture we create yet another video to stress the use of colored boxes on a book cover.

Making a Book Cover with Colored Boxes
12:25

Some final information on downloading the sample covers in XCF format.

Downloading the Sample Covers
00:56
+ Favorite Tricks and Common Errors
4 lectures 47:07
Favorite Tricks Pt. 1
15:01
Favorite Tricks Pt. 2
16:13
Favorite Tricks Pt. 3
04:12
Common Errors
11:41