GIMP Advanced: 3D Book Covers and Free Graphic Design

Use the GIMP to create 3D book covers and other advanced techniques using this free image manipulation program
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  • Lectures 19
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level Expert Level
  • Languages English
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Published 7/2014 English

Course Description

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...

What are the requirements?

  • An installed and working copy of the GIMP (version 2.8 preferred)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone who has completed my first two GIMP courses
  • Anyone looking to improve their GIMP skills

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction to the Course

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

Section 2: 3D Book Covers
3D Boxed Set: Finished Product

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.


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.


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

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.


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


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

Section 3: Tricks My Grandpa Taught Me About the GIMP

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


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


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.

Section 4: Additional Lectures

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.


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.

Section 5: Bonus Material

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.


We continue making the book cover.


In this lecture we finish our book cover.

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Instructor Biography

Author/Publisher Brian Jackson, 28 Courses, 1,800+ Reviews, 4.58 Stars and 37,000+ 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 wife, published author Melanie Jackson, and Butterscotch the cat.

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