GIMP Advanced: 3D Book and eBook Covers: Free Graphic Design
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GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) advanced 3D book & eBook covers for marketing self-publishing: Free graphic design
4.6 (37 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.
7,246 students enrolled
Created by Brian Jackson
Last updated 8/2014
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What Will I Learn?
  • To improve your GIMP skills taking them to the next level
  • To learn how to produce 3D book covers
  • To learn the application of filters to images
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  • An installed and working copy of the GIMP (version 2.8 preferred)

Take Your GIMP Skills to the Next Level

If you're getting bored doing the same old things in GIMP, maybe it's time to learn some new tricks. Come with me on this adventure into GIMP Advanced. In over an hour and a half of lectures, I'll show you some tricks you have yet to learn.

Learn to Create 3D Book Covers

Both boxed sets and individual 3D book covers are addressed in this course. Even if you don't work on book covers, you'll find the 3D effects useful in your future GIMP work.

Learn to Create Reflections in Water

Let me show you a nice water reflection effect that you'll be able to use in your own graphics.

GIMP Advanced.

It's not your grandpa's old GIMP anymore...

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who has completed my first two GIMP courses
  • Anyone looking to improve their GIMP skills
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Curriculum For This Course
19 Lectures
Introduction to the Course
1 Lecture 01:33

Here I provide a brief overview of the course showing some of the final results of the projects we'll be working on.

Preview 01:33
3D Book Covers
9 Lectures 01:02:23

A detailed demonstration of how to create 3D boxed set images for use in selling book collections on Amazon. This is the first of a series of lectures which begins with creating a stack of book spines.

Remember that in these lectures I'm not only teaching you how to create 3D boxed set images but also how to use a handful of techniques that have wide application in your daily GIMP usage. So, dig in and get ready to learn how to form perfect rectangular selections, fill them with a diagonal color gradient, and then place fancy white text over the top as we execute the first step in creating a 3D boxed set.

Preview 07:43

In this continuation lecture on 3D boxed sets we look at how to merge layers and flip them as one, then how to create a reflection for both the spines and a representation of a cover.

3D Boxed Set Pt. 2: Flip, Shadow, and Cover

This final discussion of the 3D boxed set turns our 2D boxed set into 3D.

3D Boxed Set Pt. 3: Create the 3D Box Effect

3D Boxed Set: Clean Up

3D Book Covers: Finished Product

In this lecture we build off of our experience creating a 3D boxed set as we begin work on a 3D book cover even going to far as to bend the cover.

3D Book Covers Pt. 1: Cover, Reflection, and Bend

We continue our 3D book cover treatment by adding a spine and shadow and canting the each into place.

3D Book Covers Pt. 2: Spine, Reflection, and Cant

In this lecture we conclude the creation of a 3D book cover by inserting pages into the book and creating a shadow.

3D Book Covers Pt. 3: Pages and Shadow
Tricks My Grandpa Taught Me About the GIMP
4 Lectures 22:13

How to use images to produce a bump map through a white layer.

Bump Maps Pt. 1: Using Images

We conclude our discussion of bump maps by creating watermarks on images using text.

Bump Maps Pt. 2: Using Text

In this lecture we create a cloudy night sky with a moon in it containing the Word "Moon". We then suspend this above a reflection in water, and you can tell that it's water because we put a ripple in it.

Water Reflection Effect

We look into the use of the many filters provided by the GIMP and suggest a homework assignment of going through all the filters to find out what each of them do.

Filters: Homework Assignment
Additional Lectures
2 Lectures 07:55

In this lecture I mention that fact that the GIMP displays tools tips when you hover over a button. This is something I forgot to mention earlier and it's been gnawing at me ever since.

Things I Forgot to Mention

In this lecture I perform some of the most common tasks that I've performed quickly in the past so that viewers can keep up with fundemental actions that may have previously been missed.

Wait a Second, That Happened Too Fast
Bonus Material
3 Lectures 33:18

In this series of bonus lectures we crate a book cover for a bundle of books. The cover must attempt to represent the four books contained in it by merging their covers in some way.

Creating a Book Cover Pt. 1

We continue making the book cover.

Creating a Book Cover Pt. 2

In this lecture we finish our book cover.

Creating a Book Cover Pt. 3
About the Instructor
Brian Jackson
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Author/Publisher 32 Courses, 2929+ Reviews, 58,000+ Students

Born in Los Angeles, California, in the middle of the last century, I have always wanted to be a writer. After twenty-five some odd years spent working in the computer industry in the heart of the Silicon Valley, first for Lockheed as a Systems Programmer and later for Cisco Systems as a test tool developer, I managed to retire early and begin my next career as a self-published author.

Along with writing and publishing my own novels I also publish the works of my wife, Melanie Jackson. During the past four years I’ve published well over 100 books in paperback and eBook formats. Oddly enough this includes eBooks on how to self-publish books and how to create professional looking book covers using the GIMP. I’ve also recorded and distributed a pair of audiobooks available for purchase on Amazon and Audible. Finally, I spend a portion of my time maintaining both my website and my wife’s website, which was developed using WordPress.

My latest endeavor, begun in July of 2014, is to record training courses for distribution via Udemy. My goal is to provide low cost high quality screen cast based educational material focusing on my area of expertise; namely, self-publishing and book cover design using the GIMP. As time permits, I plan to expand my catalog to cover Web page development and Udemy course preparation.

I currently live in the beautiful California wine country with my lovely wife, published author Melanie Jackson, and Butterscotch the cat.