Introduction to GIMP 2.8: Tutorials for Beginners
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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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Created by Chris Navarre
Last updated 6/2017
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  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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
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  • You should know how to use a computer at a basic level before starting this course
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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!
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
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Curriculum For This Course
28 Lectures
Getting Started with GIMP
6 Lectures 01:33:38

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.

Preview 19:27

The biggest GIMP tutorial for beginners that introduces almost all tools in the toolbox and details out the functions in each of the header menus. This is a 2017 followup to Getting Started with Gimp 2.8 ~ Tutorials for Beginners.

Complete Introduction to GIMP 2017

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

Preview 09:24

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.

Layers vs Image

Quick Quiz on the Previous Lecture about Layers

Layers Quiz
3 questions

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.

Preview 04:23

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.

How to Align Objects and Layers within GIMP

Make sure you understand how to align within Gimp.

Alignment Quiz
3 questions
GIMP Tools in Depth
10 Lectures 42:16

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.

Perspective Tool - Make Images Blend Together Seemlessly

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.

Blur Tool and Blur Filters Explained

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.

Managing Print Resolution and How it Affects the Quality of Your Results

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.

Switch Backgrounds for Any Person or Object from One Photo to Another

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.

Make Black Silhouette of Person or Object

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.

Flipping People and Object Orientation to Further Define a Scene

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.

How to Change a Image's Color with the Color Balance Tool

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

How to Write Text on a Curve with the Pen Tool

Grid Settings & Snap to Grid

Select with Scissor Tool and Change Color of Object or Region
3 Lectures 19:58

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

Make a Custom YouTube Thumbnail

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.

How to Make Your Own Custom Book Cover in GIMP

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.

Make Custom Graph Paper - Snap to Grid / Guides
FAQ How-Tos
8 Lectures 21:21

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

How to Restore Closed Windows

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.

Exporting Images to PNG, JPEG, GIF and Other Image Formats

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

Convert XCF to Photoshop 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

Installing Themes for a New Look

5 Ways to Help Text Stand Out Against Bright Background

How to Completely Erase Pixels with Erase Tool

How to Create an Animated GIF

Motivational Quote Background
Cutting Edge Development Version (GIMP 2.9.4+)
1 Lecture 01:35
Install Gimp Development Version 2.9.5 on Ubuntu or Linux Mint
About the Instructor
Chris Navarre
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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.