GIMP Intermediate: Free Graphic Design for Self-publishing
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Gnu Image Manipulation Program (GIMP): Book and eBook covers: Self-publishing memes: Amazon Kindle KDP and CreateSpace
4.4 (60 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.
9,604 students enrolled
Created by Brian Jackson
Last updated 4/2016
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What Will I Learn?
  • 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.
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  • A PC or Mac on which to run the GIMP
  • A basic understanding of the GIMP

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 "GIMP for Beginners: Design Free Book Covers: Self-publishing". 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.

Who is the target audience?
  • Those who have successfully completed my "Using the GIMP to Produce Professional Quality Book Covers".
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Curriculum For This Course
16 Lectures
Intermediate GIMP
9 Lectures 40:19

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

Preview 04:53

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

Using Smeared Red Backgrounds to Highlight Text

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

Zooming in and Lassoing an Image

How to add to and subtract from a color selection.

Adding, Subtracting, Inverting, and Undoing Color Selections

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

Constructing and Deconstructing Logos

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

Preview 02:32

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

Applying Filters

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.

A Colored Butterfly Amongst a Black and White Garden
Continuing Education
7 Lectures 01:17:42

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

Shadowed Text, Shadowed Boxes and 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.

GIMP Window Configuration

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

Circular Text

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.

Colorizing a Layer

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.

Layer Groups

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.

Smooth Merging of Multiple Images
About the Instructor
Brian Jackson
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58,120 Students
32 Courses
Author/Publisher 32 Courses, 2929+ Reviews, 58,000+ 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 lovely wife, published author Melanie Jackson, and Butterscotch the cat.