Learn GIMP

A comprehensive course on the world's longest standing open source photo manipulation, illustration and design software.
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  • Lectures 34
  • Length 6.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 5/2015 English

Course Description

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.

What are the requirements?

  • If you are intending to use your skills immediately you should have a desktop or laptop computer with Windows, OSX, or Linux

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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!

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

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: Preparing Your Environment

Hello, and let's get started.


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.


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


How to set your Keyboard Shortcuts


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

Section 2: Fundamental Interface Usage

Breaking into digital art means understanding layers, First.


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


Get a grip on the toolbox.


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


Picking Colors to draw with and selecting by color.


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


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


Filling things with color and using gradient color effects.


Reshaping, Resizing, and Cropping things to size.


The most important tool they never learn.

Section 3: Menus, Dialogues, Scripts, and Plug-ins

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


Various ways to control your selection and some usage tips.


Control the overall view of your environment and guideline settings.


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


Brightness, Contrast, Color Channels, and more.


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

Section 4: Fun with Photos

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


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.


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


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

Section 5: Text

Adding simple text and working with fonts.


Making text bend around curves or other shapes

Section 6: From the Imagination

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


Brief intro to comic style ink and coloring with Gimp

Section 7: Scripts and Plug-ins

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.


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.

Section 8: Summary

Quick wrap up and some motivational notes.

Section 9: Extras
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Instructor Biography

Brendon Schumacker, 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.

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