GIMP Photo Editing: From Beginner to Pro Photo Retoucher
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GIMP Photo Editing: From Beginner to Pro Photo Retoucher

Learn and master the basics and learn proper photo editing techniques.
4.2 (18 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.
104 students enrolled
Created by Michael Davies
Last updated 8/2017
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 4 Articles
  • 8 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Edit a photo professionally from start to finish.
  • Use proper methods, not shortcuts, for better and more professional results.
  • Import photos into GIMP.
  • Set up the toolbar for improved photo editing workflow
  • Edit photos for print or web.
  • Adjust levels, brightness, contrast, colors, hue and saturation of images.
  • Enhance photos for a better finished product.
  • Touch up photos to remove imperfections or background objects.
  • Add a vignette around photos for a more dramatic effect.
  • Use the Dodge and Burn Tools for a "Vogue" look.
  • Crop or resize images, including cropping images into a circle shape.
  • Export your photos to file types supported by GIMP.
View Curriculum
  • Know how to take photos with your own camera and upload photos to your computer.
  • Prior knowledge of how layers work within GIMP is a plus, though not entirely necessary.
  • Know how to use a computer.

Have you taken photos with your camera but don't know how to edit them? Are you struggling to make your images look great or professional in GIMP? This is the course for you! 

Get familiar with photo editing in GIMP to improve your photos and master photo retouching. No Photoshop required! This course goes over: 

  • Getting started with GIMP 
  • Setting up the program interface for photo retouching
  • Editing your photos to improve their color and quality
  • Exporting your images out of GIMP for use in print or web projects

Whether you want to edit photos for clients or touch up your own portraits, this is the place to start!

By the end of this course, you will have a strong understanding of how to use the photo editing tools within GIMP. You will also develop a better eye for coloring and correcting your images. Overall, you'll be able to more consistently enhance images for a better looking final product!

My goal for this course is to teach you the proper and professional way to edit your photos. I don't take shortcuts in my methods - I only recommend the best methods based on my 6 years of experience using GIMP and the recommendations that come straight from the creators of GIMP. This comprehensive course will, in the end, allow you to focus on your artistic abilities when editing photos. Take the limitations and guesswork out of your photo editing process and edit with confidence!

If you don't like the course, there is a 30 day money-back guarantee. However, I think you'll really enjoy it!

Who is the target audience?
  • Photographers who want to edit their photos on a free and powerful piece of software
  • Beginner GIMP users who want to learn how to edit their photos.
  • For those who want to "Photoshop" images but can't afford or don't want to buy Photoshop.
  • Intermediate GIMP users who have used the program before or are familiar with it but want to expand their knowledge of the photo editing aspects of the program.
  • For those who want to master the various photo editing tools in GIMP.
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Curriculum For This Course
18 Lectures
Intro to the Course and GIMP
5 Lectures 11:57

Welcome to my GIMP Photo Editing Course! Go from a beginner to a pro photo retoucher with the tips and techniques I've provided throughout this course. We'll be covering some photo editing basics, as well as getting into some more intricate stuff (nothing you're not capable of doing, though). This course is beginner friendly, but also great for intermediate GIMP users looking to improve their photo editing skills. There's a lot to go over, so let's get started!

Preview 02:39

Learn a brief history of GIMP, what the acronym stands for, and who created the program! I refer to this photo editing software as the "Free version of Photoshop," and it truly is a powerful tool (considering it is free). Learn how to download and install GIMP, as well as how to use single window mode or multi window mode.

Preview 02:55

In this lecture, I show you how to open an image into the GIMP software. 

Preview 01:31

Learn to set up your toolbar for photo editing to simplify or speed up your work flow while you are touching up or editing images. I'll show you how to add tool icons to the toolbox for one-click access.

Preview 02:01

Test the concepts discussed in our Introduction section to ensure you're ready to move on to the Photo Editing Basics!

Intro Quiz
5 questions

Learn about exporting your image as a JPEG or PNG. I'll also talk about .XCF, the native file type in GIMP, including what it stands for and why it is important to save your files in this format.

BONUS: Saving and Exporting Your Image
GIMP Photo Editing Essentials
9 Lectures 45:14

Learn how to color balance your image using the Color Balance Tool in GIMP. You'll learn how to adjust the colors in your shadows, midtones, and highlights using the color pair sliders for Cyan/Red, Magenta/Green, and Yellow/Blue.

Color Balancing

In this lecture, I show you how to adjust your image levels using the Levels Tool. You'll use the histogram to increase the amounts of black, grey, and white in your image for a brighter image with better contrast.

Preview 02:29

The brightness and contrast tool is a simple version of the levels tool. I'll show you how to use this tool to quickly brighten up your image and add contrast in this lecture.

Brightness and Contrast

Learn the definitions of Hue and Saturation, as well as how to use the hue-saturation tool in your GIMP toolbox. These tools add intensity to the colors in your image and can even change the overall color in your image.

Hue and Saturation

Sharpen your images the proper way using the unsharp mask tool in GIMP. This tool improves the quality of your image by reducing the blur.

Sharpening an Image

Learn the extremely useful airbrush and heal tools in this lecture. You'll improve the complexion of your subject while removing blemishes or imperfections in your image.

Touching Up Your Image (Airbrush & Heal Tool)

Add a frame or vignette around your image in this lecture. This finishing touch improves the look of your image!

Adding a Vignette

Test everything you have learned in the GIMP Photo Editing Essentials section before moving on to Scaling and Cropping!

GIMP Photo Editing Essentials Quiz
5 questions

In this bonus text lecture, you'll learn how to enhance the eyes of your subject - bringing out the natural color and opening up the "windows to the soul."

BONUS: Enhancing the Eyes

Learn how to contour facial features for a "Vogue" look in your model photos using the dodge and burn tools. These tools help enhance features like the cheekbones, jawline, and lips of your subject.

BONUS: Achieving the "Vogue" Look with the Dodge and Burn Tools
Scaling and Cropping Your Image
3 Lectures 17:09

Scale your image within GIMP to make it easier to work with or to get it to your ideal size for exporting. I'll show you how to do this using the Scale Tool.

Scaling an Image

In this lecture, I show you how to crop an image to get the composition you want or to fit your image into a certain aspect ratio. I'll use the crop tool to accomplish this - and show you how versatile this tool can really be.

Cropping an Image

Test your knowledge of scaling and cropping images before moving on!

Scaling and Cropping Quiz
5 questions

In this bonus text lecture, I go over how to crop your image into a circle shape using the ellipse select tool. I also show you how to align your image using the align tool.

BONUS: Cropping an Image Into a Circle Shape
Course Conclusion
1 Lecture 01:00

Test what you've learned throughout this course with the final exam! If you pass, you're ready to start editing photos with better results as a Pro Retoucher!

Final Exam
18 questions

Congratulations! You completed my GIMP Photo Editing Course! Don't forget to leave a rating and review.

Course Conclusion
About the Instructor
Michael Davies
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GIMP Expert at Udemy

I'm a GIMP guru and owner of Davies Media Design, one of the largest GIMP educators in the world! I've been using GIMP since before it was cool (back in 2011) and have watched this software grow up to be a real asset to any graphic designer or photographer. My goal is to help beginners master GIMP so they can create beautiful projects of their own without needing to purchase expensive image manipulation programs like Photoshop.

My videos & tutorials on GIMP have received over 1.2 million views from over 180 countries. They can be seen on sites like YouTube, where I have nearly 12,000 subscribers, the State University of New York (SUNY) online, Imaging Resource, K12, Sitepoint, and Guilford Technical Community College online.  

I have a Marketing Degree from the University of Central Florida and am the owner of a company that specializes in web services and online education. In addition to teaching online, I have also taught various workshops around the City of Denver, including at the Denver Public Library, Green Spaces, and Union 27 Coworking. I am also the founder and moderator of the Denver Green Forum, a sustainability panel featuring green thought leaders from around Colorado, and am a sustainability enthusiast!