GIMP for Beginners. Make Your Own Professional Book Covers
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GIMP for Beginners. Make Your Own Professional Book Covers

Create Your Own Professional Book Covers, image compositions, Facebook ads etc. with the GIMP FREE Software.
4.6 (29 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.
1,009 students enrolled
Created by Timo Hofstee
Last updated 9/2015
Price: $20
30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
  • 6.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Create your own professional book covers
  • Create image compositions, logos, FB ads etc.
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  • All you need is : A PC or a MAC or a Unix/linux system.

In this course you will learn all the features of GIMP that you will need to create professional book covers. Not more and not less. This course is specifically targeted to indie authors that want to create their own professional covers with free software. However, the first 4 hours of video cover all principal features of GIMP that could be beneficial to anyone that has no knowledge whatsoever of image editing software and that wants to make other images than book covers. For example image compositions, logos, Facebook ads etc. Produced by Timo Hofstee, author of the bestseller "The Complete Cover Creation Guide".

Why you should take this course :

  • This course covers all you need to create professional covers in easy to understand terminology and without the fluff.
  • The producer uses what he teaches.
  • All manipulations are shown in a detailed step-by-step approach.
  • In the last 2 sections, you will learn how to create a complete cover from beginning to end.
  • In total you get almost 7 hours of video.
  • Satisfaction guaranteed. 30 day money back offer.
  • You will get a free copy of my book "How to make book covers that sell".
  • GIMP is the best clone of Photoshop and it's FREE.
Who is the target audience?
  • Indie authors that want to create their own book covers
  • Students that have never used image editing software and that want to make compositions, logos, image improvements etc.
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Curriculum For This Course
44 Lectures
1 Lecture 06:55
The Basics
4 Lectures 21:02
  • How to download and install GIMP
  • How to download and install the help files.
  • How to start GIMP
  • How to access the help files.
The Basics

  • Switch from single to multi windows mode
  • Opening images as a new layer or as a new image in its own TAB
  • Open additional dialog boxes and dock them in a specific location
Single and multi window mode. Docking dialog boxes

  • Opening and closing native XCF files
  • Opening Photoshop PSD files
  • Saving files
  • Exporting files to jpg, png and other formats
  • Opening images as a new layer or as a new image in its own tab
Opening, closing and exporting files

  • Setting the foreground and background colors
  • Flipping the foreground and background color
  • Resetting the foreground and background color to the default black and white
  • The most useful shortcuts
Foreground and background colors. Shortcuts

This quiz will test your knowledge on the basic operations that we just learned

Questions on the basics
5 questions
The GIMP selection tools.
6 Lectures 37:16
  • The rectangle select tool
  • The autoshrink feature
  • Making perfect squares
  • Moving selections
  • The ellipse select tool
  • Explanation of the walking ants
  • Making a prefect circle selection

The sample files can be downloaded from or by clicking on the resources TAB from this lecture and download it from there.

The rectangle and ellipse selection tool

  • Inverting a selection
  • Adding a new selection to the current selection
  • Subtracting a new selection from the current selection
  • Making an intersection of a new selection and the current selection
Inverting and composing selections

  • The color select tool
  • Explanation of non-contiguous selections
  • The lasso (or freehand) tool.
The color select tool and the lasso (freehand) tool

  • Explanation of how colors are stored
  • How to use the threshold setting
  • How to increase the threshold setting by dragging the cursor
Color theory and threshold manipulation

  • Explanation of the magic wand (or fuzzy select) tool.
  • Difference between the color select and the magic wand
The magic wand tool

  • The scissors select tool
  • The foreground select tool
  • Examples of both tool selections
The scissors and foreground selection tool

This quiz tests your knowledge and comprehension of the selection tools that were covered in this section

Quiz on selection tools
5 questions
The GIMP paint tools.
3 Lectures 22:18
  • Explanation of the paint bucket tool
  • How to fill selections
  • Fill selections with a pattern
The paint bucket tool

  • Explanation of the gradient tool
  • Creating linear gradients
  • Creating radial gradients
  • Creating conical gradients
The gradient tool

  • Explanation of the pencil tool
  • Explanation of the paintbrush tool
  • Explanation of the airbrush tool
  • Similarities and differences between the three paint tool
  • Explanation of the eraser tool
The pencil, paintbrush, airbrush and eraser tool

Questions on the paint tools

Quiz on the paint tools
3 questions
Image improvement tools
2 Lectures 18:42
  • Explanation of the clone tool
  • Explanation of the heal tool
  • Explanation of the difference between the clone and the heal tool
  • Example of using the clone and heal tool
The clone and heal tool

  • Explanation of the blur/sharpen tool
  • Explanation of the smudge tool
  • Explanation of the dodge/burn tool
  • Example usage of these three tools
The blur/sharpen tool, the smudge tool, the dodge/burn tool

This quiz will test your knowledge on the image improvement tools

Quiz on the image improvement tools
3 questions
scaling, resizing and cropping images
1 Lecture 08:36
  • rescaling and image
  • cropping an image
  • difference between cropping the image and cropping a layer
  • proportional and non-proportional resizing
  • Using the color picker tool
scaling, resizing and cropping images. Using the color picker

This quiz will test your knowledge on the cropping and resizing tools

Quiz on the image resizing and cropping tools tools
3 questions
The text tool
1 Lecture 09:44
  • Explanation of the text tool
  • Modifying fonts, font size, font spacing, line spacing
  • Explanation of text that gets changed into a bitmap
The text tool

This quiz will test your knowledge on the text tool

Quiz on the text tool
3 questions
Other tools
3 Lectures 22:46
  • Stroking a selection
  • Creating a path from a selection
  • Stroking a path
Stroking selections and paths

  • The flip tool
  • The rotate tool
  • The measure tool
  • The move tool
  • The shear tool
  • The perspective tool
  • The cage transform tool
  • The align tool
Flip and rotate images. Add perspective. Using the measure tool.

  • Explanation of the canvas
  • Resizing the canvas to the image
  • Resizing the canvas to a layer
  • Resizing the canvas to any size
  • Explanation of what's get saved with respect to the canvas
The canvas.

This quiz tests your knowledge on the other tools that have been presented in this section

Quiz on the other tools
3 questions
4 Lectures 37:38
  • Introduction to layers
  • Why you need layers.
  • How to create layers
  • The stacking order
  • Moving layers up and down
  • Deleting layers
Introduction to layers

Transparency and opacity

  • Example usage of using transparency to stack an image above another one
  • Changing the opacity of a layer
  • The different modes of mixing two images together
Example of using transparency

  • Merging layers
  • Moving layers
  • Grouping layers
  • Making layers visible or not
Merge, move and group layers

This quiz will test your knowledge about layers

Quiz on layers
4 questions
Feathering, colors, filters and logos
3 Lectures 27:54
  • Explanation of feathering
  • Copy and paste a feathered image into a new layer
  • Shrinking and growing the selection area
  • Using the quickmask

  • Changing the saturation of an image
  • Changing the color balance of an image
  • Changing the contrast of an image or layer
  • Desaturate an image or layer. (Making it a gray scale)
Color modifications. Saturation, contrast and desaturate

  • Explanation of filters
  • Demonstration of some filters (drop shadow, bovination)
  • Presentation of document with examples of all filters
  • Explanation of the File->create-logos option with the text box
Filters and logos. Text effects

This quiz will test your knowledge about feathering , filters, logos and color changes

Quiz on feathering, filters and logos
4 questions
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About the Instructor
Timo Hofstee
4.6 Average rating
29 Reviews
1,009 Students
1 Course
Software specialist and self-published author

Timo is a writer, blogger and IT expert. He writes about complex things, like keyword research, online marketing and Kindle Publishing. But in a language that is understandable for everybody.

He uses 30+ years experience in computers, networking, hardware, software, development, internet, marketing, sales and online business to teach others how to grasp complex issues. His international experience, working abroad in several European countries, US and Africa has given him a broad view on different cultures and civilizations. He has followed the development of the internet right from the start. In the 80's just with email and private networks, and from the early 90's onwards he was one of the first ones to work with the first websites. Learn from the author how to master complex software packages.

His books and courses are extremely results-oriented : You are looking for a solution to a specific problem ? When you read a book or take a course from the author, you will find the answer. In straight-to-the-point explanations without the fluff. When Timo is not writing or blogging he spends his time on the magnificent beaches between St Tropez and Monaco, relaxing in a pub in Cannes, playing chess or traveling to his home country : The Netherlands.