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.
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  • Lectures 44
  • Length 6.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 7/2015 English

Course Description

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.

What are the requirements?

  • All you need is : A PC or a MAC or a Unix/linux system.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Create your own professional book covers
  • Create image compositions, logos, FB ads etc.

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.

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
Section 2: The Basics
  • How to download and install GIMP
  • How to download and install the help files.
  • How to start GIMP
  • How to access the help files.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
5 questions

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

Section 3: The GIMP selection tools.
  • 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.

  • 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
  • The color select tool
  • Explanation of non-contiguous selections
  • The lasso (or freehand) tool.
  • Explanation of how colors are stored
  • How to use the threshold setting
  • How to increase the threshold setting by dragging the cursor
  • Explanation of the magic wand (or fuzzy select) tool.
  • Difference between the color select and the magic wand
  • The scissors select tool
  • The foreground select tool
  • Examples of both tool selections
5 questions

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

Section 4: The GIMP paint tools.
  • Explanation of the paint bucket tool
  • How to fill selections
  • Fill selections with a pattern
  • Explanation of the gradient tool
  • Creating linear gradients
  • Creating radial gradients
  • Creating conical gradients
  • 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
3 questions

Questions on the paint tools

Section 5: Image improvement tools
  • 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
  • Explanation of the blur/sharpen tool
  • Explanation of the smudge tool
  • Explanation of the dodge/burn tool
  • Example usage of these three tools
3 questions

This quiz will test your knowledge on the image improvement tools

Section 6: scaling, resizing and cropping images
  • 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
3 questions

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

Section 7: The text tool
  • Explanation of the text tool
  • Modifying fonts, font size, font spacing, line spacing
  • Explanation of text that gets changed into a bitmap
3 questions

This quiz will test your knowledge on the text tool

Section 8: Other tools
  • Stroking a selection
  • Creating a path from a selection
  • Stroking a path
  • 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
  • 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
3 questions

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

Section 9: Layers
  • Introduction to layers
  • Why you need layers.
  • How to create layers
  • The stacking order
  • Moving layers up and down
  • Deleting 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
  • Merging layers
  • Moving layers
  • Grouping layers
  • Making layers visible or not
4 questions

This quiz will test your knowledge about layers

Section 10: Feathering, colors, filters and logos
  • 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)
  • 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
4 questions

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

Section 11: Common operations
  • How to make an outline around a text
  • Filling a text with a pattern
  • Filling a text with a gradient
  • Adding a drop shadow to a text
  • popping out a colored part into a gray scale image
3 questions

This quiz tyests your knowledge on the common operations that have been presented in this section

Section 12: Creating a complete romance cover
  • How to get an idea for a cover
  • Browsing through covers to determine common points and fonts
  • Visit of several image stock sites
  • Creating the first book cover. Setting the dimensions and the dpi resolution
  • Pasting the background image onto the cover
  • Rescaling the background image to the cover size
  • Adding a transparent background to the image of the couple
  • Feathering the couple
  • Copying and pasting the couple as a new layer
  • scaling the couple and placing it on the cover
  • Creating the title
  • Finding out what type of font is used on a cover
  • Creating the subtitle
  • Creating the author text
  • Creating the blurb
  • Outlining the text
  • Adding drop shadows to the text
  • Creating the series button and text
  • modifying the color balance and the contrast
  • Applying a gradient fill to the title
5 questions

This quiz tests your knowledge on the creation of the complete first cover.

Section 13: Creating a complete cover for a history book
  • Analysis of the sample cover
  • Finding the images
  • Removing the background and adding transparency for the images of Hitler and Patton
  • Applying desaturation to create a gray scale image
  • Removing the background and adding transparency for the images of Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin
  • Desaturate the 3 images
  • Putting the 5 persons on the cover
  • Scaling the persons
  • Putting them in the right stacking order
  • Adding the black gradient effect to the bottom of the image
  • Adding the green gradient at the top of the cover
  • Filling up the other areas of the image with a gradient
  • Using the smudge tool and merging layers to make a smooth transition
  • Adding the title in the right font
  • Adding the author
  • Adding the blurb on the top
  • Feathering the images
  • Using the color balance to add a blue-ish effect
  • Changing the contrast
  • Outlining the text
  • Adding a final gradient
  • Saving the final result

Exporting the cover to a JPG file

5 questions

This quiz tests your knowledge on the creation of the complete second cover.This quiz assumes that you have read the book 'How to make book covers that sell, which is available as a download in the last section'

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Instructor Biography

Timo Hofstee, 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.

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