Introduction to GIMP 2.8: Tutorials for Beginners

Learn how to use the GIMP 2.8 photo editor to do editing, image manipulation, thumbnails, and graphic design.
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  • Lectures 23
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 4/2016 English

Course Description

Learn how to use GIMP, the free graphic and image editing program, to create high quality graphics and edit images for free. In this course, we'll cover how the program works, how to use it, and go through several examples on using GIMP to create graphics and modify images.

  • Manipulate complicated images using a layered approach
  • We will discuss different types of common graphics such as eBook covers, YouTube thumbnails, and manipulated photographs.
  • By the end of this course, you should have a strong understanding of the fundamentals of the GIMP program.
  • GIMP is Cross Platform - Windows, Mac, and Linux Users Welcome!

What are the requirements?

  • You should know how to use a computer at a basic level before starting this course
  • Download GIMP for Free at

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Work within Gimp to create and modify images and graphics.
  • Make the interface work for you rather than be overwhelming
  • Create your own graphics with examples of YouTube thumbnails and eBook covers

Who is the target audience?

  • People who are new to graphic editing
  • Anyone who's experience peaks at Microsoft Paint and is looking for a better program to create and edit images in

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: Getting Started with GIMP

Get started doing gimp photo editing with these tutorial basics on using the gimp image editor. This tutorial gives an overview of the program before we get into more depth about individual topics.


Gimp 2.9.4 is coming out soon. Why is GIMP still the best free software for image editing?


Let's explore the difference between a layer and an image in programs like GIMP and Photoshop. Hint: If you master layers, you'll find them to be very useful in doing graphical work.

3 questions

Quick Quiz on the Previous Lecture about Layers


If you want your image to not look like a box then you will need to add transparency to the document. This can be the background itself, your drawing or other elements of your image, or a combination. When all visible layers combine and there are spots where it is partially or completely transparent, then the part will be see through for purposes like printing or web graphics as long as you export as a PNG. In this video, we'll discuss transparency further and how you can work with transparent layers inside of GIMP.


Centering and pushing different elements with or against each other is a pretty common image editing task. In this tutorial, you'll learn how to do it within GIMP in a couple of different ways.

3 questions

Make sure you understand how to align within Gimp.

Section 2: GIMP Tools in Depth

Have you ever wanted to make an image look like it belongs on a phone screen, computer, wall, or can of soda? Using the perspective tool, you can easily shape an image to give the illusion that it's actually on those other elements in the main image. Learn how in this video.


Blur out sections of your image, layers, or everything all at once by using the Blur tool or Blur Filters. We'll talk about how to use the Blur tool from the toolbox, Gaussian Blur, Pixilate Blur, Selective Gaussian Blur, and Motion Blur in this brief Gimp tutorial.


When you print something out in color, you want it to look good. Image documents designed with a higher resolution per inch will naturally accomplish this by having more detail inside of every square inch of the document. This video will show you how you can manipulate the document resolution so that when you design your document (logo, poster, etc), you can be sure that it will look good on paper too.


Want to change the environment that a person or character in your photo is in? This tutorial will show you how to take two images, isolate any character or object in one image, and place it into another as if it were in the 2nd background image.

Note: The tool for selecting based on color is called Fuzzy Select not Magic Wand. Got mixed up with Photoshop a bit in the video.


In this tutorial, we'll be covering how you can make a character into a black silhouette in GIMP 2.8. Tutorial especially for beginners.


In this tutorial, we'll discuss the Flip Tool and how you can use it to orient characters better in a scene. In other words, have your characters facing the action in the scene regardless of what source they were taken from originally.


In this video, we're going to talk about the Color balance tool of GIMP and detail how you can target certain areas of the image.


Learn to create arcs and curves that you can draw text on in this GIMP 2.8 Tutorial for Beginners

Grid Settings & Snap to Grid
Section 3: Projects

In this lecture, you'll learn to create your own YouTube thumbnails with this walk-through example.


In this tutorial you'll learn to create your own book cover from scratch that adhere's to Amazon eBook standards, using pixabay as a free high quality image resources, and GIMP as your editing program.


In this GIMP 2.8 Tutorial, you'll learn how to make your own graph paper by exploiting the grid system and snap to grid within GIMP. It's fairly easy and can be applied to any color grid, any thickness, any opacity, and any distance between grid squares.

Section 4: FAQ How-Tos

Closed a window by accident while working within GIMP 2.8? This video will show you how to get them back quick and easy.


This tutorial will show you how to save or export your finished work within GIMP. Surprisingly it's not the save or save as function.


This video will show you how to export a GIMP XCF document to a Photoshop Document (PSD).


Theme Pack:

Install to C:\Program Files\GIMP 2\share\gimp\2.0\themes
In Gimp, Edit -> Preferences -> Theme and then pick a theme
Restart Gimp to Take Effect

How to Completely Erase Pixels with Erase Tool
Section 5: Cutting Edge Development Version (GIMP 2.9.4+)
Install Gimp Development Version 2.9.5 on Ubuntu or Linux Mint

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Instructor Biography

Chris Navarre, Software Tutorial Expert and Author

My philosophy in information technology and learning in general is that video learning is the best way to learn for yourself. I can provide the videos but it's up to you as my student to absorb and practice the information to become a more educated and skilled person.

If you want to get a taste of my approach to education and tutorial series, you can find me on my YouTube tutorial channel Chris' Tutorials.

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