Learn GIMP
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Learn GIMP

A comprehensive course on the world's longest standing open source photo manipulation, illustration and design software.
4.3 (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.
462 students enrolled
Last updated 5/2017
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  • 6.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Alter and Enhance Photos
  • Create Images From Imagination
  • Understand the Basics of All Image Software
  • Make Designs for Business or Hobby
  • Use all common and advanced features of Gimp, including scripting!
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  • If you are intending to use your skills immediately you should have a desktop or laptop computer with Windows, OSX, or Linux

This course will enable you to work with GIMP imaging software fluidly and create any image that comes to your imagination, as well as giving you the ability to touch up and enhance photos like a professional. Digital drawing, painting, and photography can all be achieved with GIMP.

The fundamental imaging skills taught in this course are also universal concepts used throughout all imaging softwares such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and Corel - in such that they all have Layers, Tools, Brushes, and Plug-ins, Scripts, or Macros. Thus if you are a beginner to imaging softwares then you will be gaining competency in "all" softwares by starting with this one GIMP course.

The course takes you through download and installation of the software, environment configuration, all commonly used tools, the menu system, making and installing scripts and plug-ins, and a wide array of tips and tricks for photo manipulation, illustration, and graphic design.

This "Learn GIMP" course is structured so that it can be watched from beginning to end to train a complete novice from the bottom up, but it is also broken down into discrete lessons so that you can focus on the lessons which you have interest in, and easily return for review on your chosen topic of interest.

Who is the target audience?
  • Good for both students and professionals who want to learn the Gimp
  • Software enthusiasts and hobbiests are also welcome to enjoy the course
  • Requires no background in art or design, all topics will be covered
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Curriculum For This Course
34 Lectures
Preparing Your Environment
5 Lectures 44:18

Hello, and let's get started.

Preview 04:17

Make sure you have the correct software installed and best version for your Operating System. Understand the different versions of Gimp, particularly 2.6 vs 2.8.

Preview 05:01

Some configurations are essential, and others are just to let you work more comfortably. First we'll choose our default tools and dockable dialogues.

Preview 14:23

How to set your Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard Shortcuts

Starting up a new image, and using basic features such as opening and saving files.

Getting Started
Fundamental Interface Usage
10 Lectures 01:59:17

Breaking into digital art means understanding layers, First.

Layers and Opacity

Zooming and Moving around the canvas is easy once you know the right way to do it.

Moving Around

Get a grip on the toolbox.

Common Tools

Learn the various brush types and standard drawing techniques with mouse.

Brush Tool

Picking Colors to draw with and selecting by color.

Color Tools

There are many ways to select and manipulate things, let's review the selection tools.

Selection Tools

One of the most useful lessons, for drawing perfect shapes quickly.

Stroke Selection

Filling things with color and using gradient color effects.

Bucket Fill and Gradient

Reshaping, Resizing, and Cropping things to size.

Transform and Crop Tools

The most important tool they never learn.

Path Tool
Menus, Dialogues, Scripts, and Plug-ins
6 Lectures 01:17:16

Overall menu understanding, and review of File, Edit, and Tools menus.

Basic Menu Navigation

Various ways to control your selection and some usage tips.

Select Menu

Control the overall view of your environment and guideline settings.

View Menu

These essential menu tools will help you better control your image.

Image and Layer Menus

Brightness, Contrast, Color Channels, and more.

Colors Menu

Get familiar with the more commonly used of Gimps many filters which will help you to add effects to your images.

Filters Menu
Fun with Photos
5 Lectures 55:43

Learn how to properly colorize a black and white photo using layers.

Colorize a Black and White Photo

Whether it be "face swap" or putting a monkey in a business suit, you can learn to move and resize things in Gimp using photos.


An expert trick which you will find very useful for blending photos together.

Using Layer Masks on Photos

Learn how to touch up blemishes, scratches, bumps on anything from faces to cars or whatever needs polishing.

Photo Touch Up

Using our tools and filters to enhance a landscape scene photo.

Landscape Enhancement
2 Lectures 14:20

Adding simple text and working with fonts.

Text Basics

Making text bend around curves or other shapes

Text on Curves and Paths
From the Imagination
2 Lectures 37:41

Choosing a tablet, installing, setup and configuration with the Gimp.

Drawing with a Tablet

Brief intro to comic style ink and coloring with Gimp

Cartoons and Illustration
Scripts and Plug-ins
2 Lectures 33:45

Making scripts in the Gimp is like making macros. You can create scripts to do repetitive jobs for you with the click of a menu item.

Making Scipts and Script-Fu Console

Plug-ins are usually created with the python programming language, and like scripts, they are similar to macros which can help you to do repetitive tasks with a click of a button.

Making Plug-ins and Python-Fu Console
1 Lecture 07:13

Quick wrap up and some motivational notes.

Thank you and Summary
1 Lecture 05:22
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About the Instructor
Brendon Schumacker
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Creative Visual Artist

Brendon Schumacker is an accomplished artist and illustrator with experience in many art forms. Having drawn since a young age, Brendon has a lifetime of educational background in freehand art from various schools in USA and has studied along side with artists of varied backgrounds, giving him a diverse understanding of many illustration styles and techniques. He has published comics and children's books, has done multiple gallery openings, and has been doing freelance illustration and design for over 10 years. His instruction style is casual and entertaining while also being detailed in his examination of varied art techniques.