GIMP for Beginners: Complete Project Based Training Series

Learn to use the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) from this complete project based video training series
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  • Lectures 115
  • Length 7 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 8/2016 English

Course Description

The GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) is a free Photoshop like software program that runs on Windows, Mac OS and Linux.

Well then, why isn't everyone using it?

Even with access to GNU tutorials and Youtube videos the GIMP is still a hard program to learn.

Until now...

Welcome to the most comprehensive single GIMP course available on Udemy:

GIMP for Beginners: Complete Project Based Training Series

In this course, which is close to 7 hours in length, I'll take you all the way from installing the GIMP and configuring it to run on Windows to producing banners, book covers and memes that you'll display using Facebook and other social media, Wordpress and HTML.   I'll even show you photo touch up.  In fact, I'll show you everything I know in the natural order in which you should learn it.

So, what makes this GIMP course special?

I'll tell you what...

This course is composed of 13 sections, each addressing a different topic and each averaging 30 minutes in length.

Each section presents one or more small projects that should be completed to demonstrate your proficiency with the material just covered before moving on.

And these aren't bogus projects either.  They actually produce usable results.

I ask you, can you afford just 30 minutes a day for under 2 weeks to learn the fundamentals of the most powerful free graphics program in the world?  (Sorry, I got carried away -- I don't actually know if that's true ;-).

If you do, then enroll in this course and let's get started.

If not...

Watch me create an incredible looking 3D pool table and balls then take the reins and do it yourself.

Produce professional looking book covers with ease.

Distribute memes and other social media graphics on Facebook and 7 other social media sites.

Learn to use HTML from within Wordpress to produce graphics effects attainable only through HTML and CSS.

Learn photo touch up using the GIMP.

All this knowledge and much more is at your finger tips.

And the course is still growing.  Soon I hope to add a new section entitled:

Digital Drawing and Painting with a Wacom Tablet

So, what do you say?

This course was originally released as a series of 13 short classes on another online video learning platform.  There is some redundancy in the course which should be skipped during viewing.

This course was guided by the contents of my previous 4 Udemy GIMP courses.  Both learning routes remain viable but I personally prefer this newer, segmented and project focused approach to learning the GIMP.

Installing and configuring the GIMP on Windows is the only Windows specific lecture, all the rest should apply to all platforms (thoughI do demonstrate using the GIMP on Windows 10).

P.S. Don't forget that Udemy provides a 100% money back guaranty if you return a course within 30 days.

Now, here's what I'd recommend...

You can preview all the lectures in the first and second sections for free.  Watch the first and second sections and if you like it enroll in the course.  If you don't like it then thank you for you time and I wish you the best.

Enough jabbering, I'll see you in the classroom,

---Brian

What are the requirements?

  • You'll need a computer running Windows, Mac OS or Linux to install and use the GIMP
  • You'll need a functioning browser to download the GIMP and to access images, fonts and other resources.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Install and run the GIMP
  • Make logos, web graphics and screen shots
  • Create 2D and 3D book covers
  • Make memes and distribute them on Facebook
  • Produce graphics appropriate for use on the 8 major social media websites
  • Use Wordpress with HTML to display web graphics
  • Use the GIMP to touch up your photos

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone on a budget with a need to produce graphics
  • Authors in need of free book covers
  • Bloggers, Facebook posters and web site administrators

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.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
04:49

This lecture provide a brief overview of the GIMP, the series and you instructor, Brian Jackson.

Section 2: Install and Use the GIMP to Create Logos and Graphics
03:45

In this lecture, you'll be provided with an overview of the section which can be used to pick and choose lectures of interest.

06:06

Watch me install the latest version of the GIMP on my Windows 10 PC and then show you how to configure the GIMP for easy startup using Windows.

Note that this is the only Windows specific lecture.  Mac and Linux users should be able to easily install the GIMP if they've ever installed software before.

05:42

In this lecture we get the very basics out of the way and learn the purposes of the GIMP windows.

05:50

In this lecture we use the File->Create->Logos menu operation to create neat logos feature the initials in our name.  This is the first of 3 projects in this section.

03:22

In this lecture we address the second section project by creating bullets and buttons for use as web graphics.

07:20

In this lecture, we learn how to capture screen shots and how to size images, save your work and export your images for use outside of the GIMP.

00:41

In this section project you'll recreate the three graphics demonstrated in this section: monogram, bullet and screen shot.

02:59

This lecture reviews what you just learned.

Section 3: Selection and Layers with a Pool Table and Balls
00:58

This lecture provides an overview of the pool table and balls project that will be used in this course to learn a variety of important GIMP skills and techniques.

05:40

Create the pool table using rectangular selection, color fill and blur.

04:29

Add a pool ball using an elliptical selection and filling it with a gradient.

05:10

Create a pool ball shadow using layer rotation and a layer mask.

05:00

The project begins with creating the table and a colored pool ball.

06:57

The project continues with adding a number and a shadow to the pool ball.

04:33

The project concludes with adding a second ball to the background.

00:12

In this section project you'll create your own pool table and balls.

01:41

A review of the lessons learned in this section.

Section 4: More Selection and Layers with a Colored Butterfly
00:55

This lecture provides an overview of the topics addressed in this section.

07:10

The first project for this section is to create a colored butterfly against a black and white background.

08:00

The second project for this section uses a layer mask to seamlessly blend two images together.

05:48

The third project uses select by color and selection inversion to remove solid colored backgrounds from logos.

00:21

In this section project you'll reproduce the projects demonstrated in the previous three lectures.

00:35

A summary of the topics addressed in this section.

Section 5: GIMP Text to Create Stunning Text Effects
01:21

An overview of the topics discussed in this section.

07:22

In this lecture you'll learn to add text to an image and configure it's font, color and size.

04:28

In this lecture you'll learn to add fonts to your system by downloading them from the internet.

04:42

In this lecture you'll learn to add colored boxes behind your text to make your text pop.

06:47

In this lecture you'll learn to add drop shadows to both text and boxes to mimic a floating 3D effect.

02:39

In this lecture you'll learn how to outline your text using simple text paths.

06:44

In this lecture you'll learn how to use the Toolbox tools to create interesting text effects.

05:26

In this lecture you'll learn to add Filters to produce some wild new text effects.

06:47

In this lecture you'll learn to use text in layer masks to produce a final dramatic text effect.

00:25

In this project you'll create several text effects.

01:03

An overview of the topics covered in this section.

Section 6: Recreate "The Last Divine" Book Cover
05:23

In this lecture you'll view part 1 of 5 as I recreate the book cover for "The Last Divine".

05:24

The second part of the book cover creation project.

05:39

The third part in the book cover creation project.

04:11

The fourth part of the cover creation project.

07:53

The final part in the 5 part book cover creation project.

00:16

In this section project you'll create you're own book cover using techniques from "The Last Divine" cover.

00:53

A summary of the topics covered in this section.

Section 7: Make a Simple Book Cover for Free
00:40

In this section we'll look at methods for creating simple book covers using three components: an image, text and colored boxes.

02:55

In this lecture we set our book cover to book cover size of 2500px by 1666px.

02:35

In this lecture we create a book cover with nothing on it as the base for further work.

03:54

In this lecture we size an image to the cover and apply it to the background,.

04:52

In this lecture you'll learn where on the internet you can find free and pay for images for your book cover.

03:49

In this lecture we'll add text to our book cover.

02:11

In this lecture we'll add colored boxes to our book cover to make the text pop.

03:39

In this lecture we'll use shadows to make our text pop even better.

00:13

In the section project we'll look at creating your own book cover.

00:28

A summary of the topics covered in this section.

Section 8: Make a 3D Book Cover for Free
00:53

In this lecture you'll receive an overview of the 3D book cover making process.

03:14

In this lecture we'll establish a work area to produce our 3D cover.

02:55

In this lecture we'll use the flip tool, a layer mask and opacity to create a cover reflection.

01:45

In this lecture we'll apply a slide bend to the cover to make it look used.

06:21

In this lecture we'll add a spine to our book cover.

04:10

In this lecture we'll position the spine and cant it at an angle.

04:43

In this lecture we'll add the pages to our book.

04:20

In this lecture we'll add a shadow to our cover.

00:14

In this section project you'll create your own 3D book cover.

00:25

A summary of the topics covered in this section.

Section 9: GIMP Tips, Tricks and Techniques
01:33

In this lecture I'll provide an overview of the section.

06:55

In this lecture you'll learn to make text follow a circular path.

03:54

In this lecture you'll learn to make text follow and arbitrary path.

04:33

In this lecture you'll learn to group layers into layer groups so that you can treat them as a group or work with them individually.

08:43

In this lecture you'll learn to make a reflection of an image and then to apply ripples to the reflection as if its on water.

02:58

In this lecture you'll use the clone tool to remove unwanted elements from an image and to duplicate wanted elements.

00:10

In this class project you'll create your own reflection on water effect.

00:17

A summary of the topics addressed in this section.

Section 10: Social Media Graphics with Facebook
03:11

This lecture provides an overview of the material to be addressed.

03:34

In this lecture you'll size and load a profile picture to your Facebook page.

06:07

In this lecture we'll create an appropriately sized Facebook banner and load it to your personal Facebook page.

04:33

In this lecture you'll create and post a Facebook meme - an image with a text message on it.

01:42

In this lecture you'll use a dark shadow to make your light text pop.

05:42

In this lecture we'll review where you can find free and pay for images on the internet.

00:07

In this section project you'll create and use several Facebook images.

00:57

A summary of the topics discussed in this section.

Section 11: More Tips, Tricks and Techniques
00:40

An overview of the topic addressed in this section.

03:01

In this lecture you'll learn how to easily undo and redo the changes you make to an image all the way back to the base image you originally loaded.

04:48

In this lecture you'll learn how to add and subtract to and from a selection.

04:34

In this lecture you'll learn how to add a gradient to a colored box to produce a cool effect.

02:14

In this lecture you'll learn how to deconstruct the logos you produced in the first section to utilize only a portion of the logo and get a leg up on your art.

05:26

In this lecture you'll learn how to use bump maps with images to create cool effects.

04:00

In this lecture you'll learn how to apply a watermark to an image using a bump map.

04:46

In this lecture you'll learn how to colorize a portion of a layer to change colors and make colors pop.

00:04

There's no project for this lecture.

00:21

A summary of the topics addressed in this section.

Section 12: Photo Manipulation, Enhancement, Touch Up and Correction

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Instructor Biography

Author/Publisher Brian Jackson, 28 Courses, 1,950+ Reviews, 4.56 Stars and 42,000+ 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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