GIMP Intermediate: Free Graphic Design Beyond the Basics

GIMP intermediate topics to go beyond the basics of book cover creation.
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  • Lectures 16
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 7/2014 English

Course Description

Go Beyond the Basics

In this course we go beyond the basics of producing a simple book cover using the GIMP as introduced in my course "Using the GIMP to Produce Professional Quality Book Covers". The intermediate course material provided here should propel you're GIMP graphics to the next level.

Learn Tips and Techniques for Advanced Text Handling

Learn my favorite techniques when it comes to formatting text for presentation on the web. Whether its a book cover, album cover, web graphic, or logo, I'll show you the techniques required to make your images shine.

What are the requirements?

  • A PC or Mac on which to run the GIMP
  • A basic understanding of the GIMP

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Expand our knowledge of the GIMP to produce superior images.
  • Take you book cover creation knowledge to the next level.
  • Learn how to use the GIMP to produce a variety of web graphics.

Who is the target audience?

  • Those who have successfully completed my "Using the GIMP to Produce Professional Quality Book Covers".

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: Intermediate GIMP

Making Your Text Pop!


A discussion of how to blend two layers together using a gradient layer mask and layer opacity.


A really cool colored box effect for making text standout while making the colored box stand out.


How to zoom in close and use the Free Select Tool to select and image.


How to add to and subtract from a color selection.


How to use the logo creator and then pull apart its components to select what we want.


Use the clone tool to remove portions of images and to duplicate others.


Applying filters to an image: your homework assignment, should you choose to accept it, ...


Isolate a colored butterfly, black and white the background, then reapply the colored butterfly in this lesson on how to create a strong visual effect.

Section 2: Continuing Education

Learn a few really nice techniques for making your texts and boxes pop and for adding an eerie effect with ghost writing.


In this lecture we look at configuring the Toolbox and Layer windows and take a deep dive into the Text Tool Options Dialog.


In this lecture we examine how to write text along a circular path.


A student contacted me wanting to know how to change the color of a pillow in an image to blue, red, yellow ... This lecture shows the use of the Colorizing Tool to change the hue of a layer and how to copy & paste a portion of an image.


In this lecture we use a layer group to group two layers together. A layer group allows you to treat multiple layers as if they were merged while still being able to act on each layer individually.

Pumpkins and Jack-o-Lanterns

In this lecture we'll use layer masks and black and white color gradients to smoothly merge multiple images into one.

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Instructor Biography

Author/Publisher Brian Jackson, 28 Courses, 1,850+ Reviews, 4.58 Stars and 38,000+ 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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