How to make GIMP look and act as Photoshop
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How to make GIMP look and act as Photoshop

Learn how to make the FREE program GIMP to look and act as Photoshop! Then become a Pro without any previous knowledge!
4.7 (181 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
4,895 students enrolled
Created by Bernard 't Hooft
Last updated 8/2017
English
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 12 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • You'll learn the essential tools for improving photographs
  • You'll learn how to work with layers
  • You'll learn how to navigate effectively, like zooming and panning
  • You'll learn how to work with the Paint brush and to create special effects
  • You'll learn color theory, and how it is important for correcting photographs
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Requirements
  • I start from the very beginning, so when you are new to photo editing, that's no problem! Also, in the lectures I will show you step by step, how to install and configure GIMP to make it look and act as Photoshop!
Description

In the course you will learn:

  • How to install GIMP
  • How to configure GIMP to make it look and act as Photoshop
  • How to improve and correct photographs
  • How to professionally make Levels, Curves, Hue-Saturation, and Contrast adjustments
  • How to work with layers
  • Everything about brushes, and using a tablet
  • Color theory, and why this is important for correcting photographs

Do you want to have an image manipulation program that looks and acts like Photohop? And do you want this program to be free?

Do you want step by step, easy to follow instructions, taught by an instructor that has worked for more than 15 years with Photoshop professionally? 

Then this course is for you! 

You will not only have lifetime access to this course, but you can also aks me questions! I will answer your questions within 24 hours. 

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for anyone who wants to learn how to professionally improve photographs.
  • This course is made for the Windows user
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Curriculum For This Course
22 Lectures
02:10:53
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Install & configure GIMP
5 Lectures 34:49

Thank you for joining this course! In this lecture, I will shortly introduce myself.

Welcome
01:04

In this lecture we will download and install GIMP and the User Manual. We will set GIMP to 'Single-Window Mode', and Pin the program to the taskbar. 

Installing Gimp, and setting 'Single-Window Mode'
02:58

In this lecture we will download and install several plugins, that will expand the functionality of Gimp. These are: 'Resynthesizer', 'Save for Web', a Photoshop Theme, the 'layer-via-copy' plugin, and Photoshop's shortcuts. 

Resynthesizer is used to remove objects. Save for Web helps to efficiently save images for use on the internet. The Photoshop theme will change the look of Gimp to that of Photoshop. The layer-via-copy plugin makes the process of making a copy of a part of an image, and placing this copie to a new place (or layer as it is called), identical to how it works in PS. And we will replace Gimp's shortcuts, with Photoshop's shortcuts. 

Installing plugins
04:53

In this lecture we will make the user interface of GIMP look like that of Photoshop. We will adjust the Tools panel, and configure the panel groups. You will learn how to add and remove panel tabs. We will adjust the behaviour of the Move Tool, the Color picker, the Clone Tool, the Healing brush Tool, the Rotate Tool, the Scale Tool, The Perspective Tool, the Shear Tool, and the Rectangle and Ellipse select tools. 

Configuring User Interface
14:11

In this lecture we will go into the Preferences and adjust the Keyboard shortcuts, and adjust the content of the Toolbox. 

Configuring Preferences
11:43
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Working with Layers and color
16 Lectures 01:33:01

In this lecture we will look at how to open files in GIMP. You will learn how to bookmark a folder for quick access. We will look at different ways to sort and filter the content of a folder.

Opening files
02:45

Layers are the heart of an image manipulation program. Layers let you work 'non-destructively'. In this lecture you will learn all aspects of layers, such as creating new layers, changing the stacking order of layers, naming layers, duplicating layers, linking layers, hiding layers, deleting layers, and changing the opacity of layers. 

Working with layers
10:48

In this lecture you will discover what the 'background' layer in GIMP and Photoshop is. You will learn how to add an alpha channel to it, to turn the background into a normal layer. 

The 'background' layer
01:42

Smooth navigation in an image manipulation program lets you work convenient and efficient. In this lecture we will look at zooming and panning. You will learn how to quickly fit an image on the screen, and how to view an image at it's real or actual size. 

Zooming and panning
03:43

In this lecture you will learn everything you can do with brushes. You will also learn how to make your own brushes.. 

Using the paintbrush
11:57

In this lecture you will learn everything about the special effects you can achieve with brushes. We will also look at how to download creative brushes.

Brush special effects
08:55

In this lecture you will learn how to connect a tablet to GIMP, and how to adjust the sensitivity of the tablet inside GIMP. 

Using a tablet
04:11

In this lecture you will learn how to undo multiple steps. You can visually go back in time in the History panel, without losing any work. We will also look at memory (RAM) management. 

The history panel
04:58

Image manipulation programs are all about color. How to select color, and how to change color. In this lecture we will discover how color is manipulated, by looking at the HSV color model. 

HSV color
03:10

In this lecture we will look at additive versus subtractive color. RGB stands for: red, green, and blue, and is an additive color model. RGB is the color a digital camera uses, as well as a screen. In this lecture you will discover how it is possible that combining red, green, and blue information results in all possible colors. 

RGB color
08:41

In this lecture we will look at how to make images lighter and darker with Levels. You will learn how the Levels histogram helps you with improving images. You will learn what clipping is and how to prevent it. And we will look at how to color correct with Levels. We will explore three methods to remove color casts; adjusting channels, the Auto function to optimize the color channels, and using the black, grey, and white point pickers. 

Levels
12:26

Curves is Levels on steroids. Instead of adjusting just three tonal areas, you can create as many tonal areas as you want, yourself. You can also create tonal areas by selecting them directly in your image. Working with the separate color channels, now gives unlimited possibilities for color correction. 

Curves
04:01

In this lecture we will look at how to increase the contrast of an image. We will also discover the relationship between Brightness-contrast and Levels and Curves. 

Brightness-contrast
03:39

With Hue-saturation you can adjust all three colors components, as described in the HSV color model: Hue, Saturation, and Value. With this powerful tool you can rotate the color wheel for all colors at the same time, and for individual colors. You will learn how to shift an individual color to another color. We will also look at how to improve images by increasing the saturation, and how to darken or lighten specific colors. You can also make a black and white image with Hue-saturation. 

Hue/saturation
07:36

In this lecture we will look at how to sample or pick a color from your image, using the Color Picker. You can sample a single pixel, or take an average of several pixels. You can define how large the area is you will take the average from. 

Using the Color Picker
02:30

In this lecture we will look at how to save a file that has layers, which is in Gimp's native .xcf format. You can later open this master or work file again, and continue working with the layers. 

Saving work file
01:59
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Bonus Section
1 Lecture 03:03

In this lecture you will get an introductory discount for the second course of 95%! 

In this second Gimp course 'The Ultimate GIMP Guide', you will learn: how to crop images, how to resize images, how to save images for web, how to save images for print, and how to make PDF's. You will learn professional retouching, like skin retouching with frequency separation, morphing (for example to make somone thinner), how to let the program remove objects, and how to remove objects with the clone and heal tool. You will learn how to use masks, how to make professional selections, and how to make 'single click' selections using the 'U-point technology', that give photorealistic results. You will learn how to use text, and how to make e-book covers, how to sharpen an image, how to create professional black and white images, and how to remove noise. You will learn everything about blending modes, selecting hair, gradients, patterns, dodging and burning,  and much more! 

Bonus lecture
03:03
About the Instructor
Bernard 't Hooft
4.7 Average rating
246 Reviews
5,102 Students
2 Courses
Instructor for professional photo editing

Hi, my name is Bernard 't Hooft. Thank you for checking out my course!
I have a passion for photo editing, and a passion for GIMP, the free and open source photo editing program. I have over 15 years of experience with professional photo editing, and teach photo editing with GIMP at the VolksUniversiteit in the Netherlands. Now I have gathered my knowledge into two great GIMP courses. 

I hope you enjoy them as much, as I had making them! If you have any questions, please ask me. I am here for you!