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Manipulate Photos with GIMP

Make beautiful and realistic images by manipulating photo images
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Photo Manipulation is an art form which enables us to take existing photos or images and collage them together to make beautiful new imagery. This course will walk you through the best practices for creating realistic and eye catching images using the free and open source software GIMP. The course's focus is not to teach you the software, but to give you the best artistic practices to making more realistic and beautiful images through Photo Manipulation, however better usage of GIMP can also be learned along the way.

We will cover how to use your eye to select the best images, manipulated images to work together in the scene better, and overall composition practices. We will also cover lighting and shading techniques, adding depth to the scene, drawing onto the image, and many tips and tricks along the way to improve the overall balance and beauty of your art.

The course is broken down into short and easy to follow demonstrational lessons with entertaining and informational dialogue. The instructor will be available to answer any questions you have, and as time allows there will be addition supplementary announcements regarding the topic of Photo Manipulation.

Who is the target audience?
  • You should have the basic understanding of an imaging software such as Photoshop, Corel, or GIMP
  • GIMP will be used in this lesson but you can use any software if you know how to use it well already
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Make art with images
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  • You will need a laptop or desktop computer
  • A modern Operating System Windows, Apple OSX, or Linux Desktop
  • A drawing tablet is highly recommended but not required to follow the course
Curriculum For This Course
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Photo Manipulation in GIMP
11 Lectures 01:49:56

A quick introduction of what we will be doing and how we will do it.

Preview 10:08

Some simple questions to assure you have the right idea.

Introduction Quiz
2 questions

Makes sure you know your rights when using other peoples photos.

Licenses & Copyrights

Tips on selecting good images and getting creative with your work.

Select Images and Get Creative

Make sure you understand the key elements of photo selection before proceeding.

Image Selection Quiz
2 questions

Learn an advanced selection technique to make objects fit in between the background and foreground perfectly.

Preview 08:51

Techniques for cutting out different characters and props and fitting them into the scene correctly.

Cut Out the Characters with Erase Tool

Techniques for cutting out different characters and props and fitting them into the scene correctly.

Cut Out the Characters with Layer Mask

Some questions on cutting images.

Image Cutting Quiz
2 questions

Make sure that all of your colors from these different photos match up.

Fixing Colors and Values

You will have to check the shading and shadows that can change from mixing various photo objects.

Preview 07:17

Photos won't cover all situations, sometimes you have to draw a little.

Drawing Techniques

Various tips that can add depth and feeling to your finished work.

Adding Effects & Finishing Up
About the Instructor
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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.

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