Quick & Easy FREE Image Fixes for Beginners: GIMP Spotlight
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Quick & Easy FREE Image Fixes for Beginners: GIMP Spotlight

Learn to edit and manage your own web images the easy way FAST. Save time, money and sanity using GIMP and freeware
4.3 (269 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.
8,222 students enrolled
Created by Kristen Palana
Last updated 6/2017
English [Auto-generated]
Price: Free
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 37 mins on-demand audio
  • 6 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Resize, reformat, crop, rotate, touch-up, embellish, and tweak your images on your own with confidence.
  • Save time, money, and sanity by no longer having to depend on others for simple image fixes and edits.
  • Know how to make the most commonly needed and essential edits using the free image editing program, GIMP and the free online editor from Photoshop.
  • Springboard into the basics of GIMP and build a solid beginner's foundation for learning more about this and other software programs.
  • Craft professional-looking images that help boost your brand.
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  • Bring an open mind and either Photoshop's online editor or GIMP to get started.

Get ready to take charge and learn simple, quick, and efficient methods for re-sizing, reformatting, enhancing, and editing powerful images like a professional in just over 1 hour.

This course is a mini version of a larger, more in-depth Udemy course I offer called Photoshop | GIMP: Quick & Easy Image Hacks For Beginners. THIS course specifically focuses on freeware and making the most basic yet essential image fixes you need to know right away using the free program, GIMP.

Whether you are an employee, business owner, content creator, teacher, author, or social media maven, over the last few years it has become CRUCIAL to know how to do a little bit of everything online. With this course as your guide, you'll learn how to confidentially and professionally edit, fix, touch-up, and manage your OWN images for your website, blog, eCourse, eBook, presentations, or social media pages.

Save time, money, and sanity by learning how to finally edit and enhance your own images without having to always pay someone else to do the most essential tasks for you.

This course was created especially for complete beginners as well as people who fight with technology who want to gain new and valuable image editing skills that can be used every day. You can watch and follow along with me as I show you how to make the nine most essential image fixes in the free program GIMP or in Photoshop's free online image editor.

Included in the course are also bonus resources for finding  the best FREE copyright-free images, color tips, and Gimp plugins to add more functionality to your freeware.


I'm a practicing award-winning multimedia artist and a former tenured Associate Professor of Digital Media and Program Director of Film & Digital Media at The American University of Rome (2006-2016). I'm currently an Associate Professor of Digital Media at American University of Myanmar in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). 

Since 2000 I've been teaching students all over the world using my tried and true custom approach (turning complex information into something simple, memorable, easy-to-understand in as short amount of time as possible) to ensure that you get the most important, relevant, and useful information that can be applied immediately.

New bonus lectures and GIMP resources will continue to be added and timely design advice will be provided in the discussion forum. I love to help and always respond to inquiries and discussions ASAP.

Empower yourself now by enrolling in this course and join our growing learning community! Click the "Take This Course" button in the upper right corner and let's get started building your new imaging editing skills today.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for beginners, novices, or anyone who suddenly finds themselves managing their own visual content online as a blogger, online instructor, or entrepreneur.
  • This course will help so-called non-designers/technophobes who don't have time, money, or patience for fussing around with fancy image programs and advanced techniques.
  • People who want an in-depth course about all the tools and features of GIMP should NOT take this course. This is a mini course to get the beginner or technophobe started with image editing. It's designed to get someone up and running in an hour or less.
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Curriculum For This Course
18 Lectures
2 Lectures 01:55

Welcome to this course! In this lesson I'll explain how this course will help anyone create more professional-looking images by making the most essential image fixes and edits using the free program GIMP as well as Photoshop's free online Image Editor. I'll explain what is covered and what you need to get started.


This lecture will help you get off on the right foot and hopefully will answer questions about the best way to use this course.

"Which Programs Do I Need for This Course?" How to Get Started.
Making Essential Edits and Fixes in Gimp
9 Lectures 43:37

No matter which imaging program you are using, always make sure to adjust your levels. In some programs it's called adjusting the tone, value, or gain. It's the values in your image and it's crucial for ensuring your images are as crisp and vibrant as possible. Images that don't have levels adjusted often look muddy, blah, and amateurish.

Adjusting Your Levels: Always do this First and Every time. (Gimp)

This lecture will give you a quick rundown and heads up on a very important concept and feature that you will find in almost all imaging programs: Layers. In a nutshell, they are like little transparent acetate sheets where you can draw and then stack over and/or under your main background layer. There are many benefits to using layers. Learn
more in this lesson.

Layers: An Important Concept to Know in Gimp, Photoshop, etc.

Learn some essential features you can use to create multiple variations of the same image. Brightness, Contrast, Hue, and Saturation control the lightness and darkness of your image, whether it's black and white or trumped-up technicolor, as well as some cool tinting effects.

Adjusting Brightness, Contrast, Hue, and Saturation (Gimp)

In this lesson I'll show you how to scale, rotate, flip, and transform individual layers as well as your entire image if it only has one layer. Please note that actual full image resizes (dimensions, resolution, as well as file size) is covered in the NEXT lesson.

Scaling, Rotating, Flipping, and Transforming (Gimp)

Being able to resize, reformat, crop, and adjust file sizes for your images is a MUST HAVE skill that will free you from waiting around for others to do it for you for a fee. Many websites require images that are under a certain physical size, dimension, or file size. Learn once and for all how to do it yourself quickly, easily, and painlessly.

Easy Resizing, Cropping, and Formatting For Any Situation (Gimp)

In a perfect world, people wouldn't care about a little blemish or demonic glowing eyes in a photo. But if you'd like to present your subjects in a professional, flawless way, here are a few essential tools that will help you out.

Removing Red Eyes and Blemishes (Gimp)

In this lesson, I'll show you how to whiten a smile and how to apply lipstick, makeup, or other enhancing painting techniques you may wish to add. You can also use these same techniques to tint your background, some clothing, skin tones, etc.

Brighten That Smile and Just Add Lipstick -To a Horse of Course. (Gimp)

Secret agents, take note. If you need to blur your face out in a photo or the face of someone else, you need this lesson. You can also use these techniques for blurring out backgrounds or logos.

Blurring Out a Face, Logo, or Background (Gimp)

You have the PERFECT image... except for that one annoying thing in the background (a hand, a person, a sign, a fly on the wall, whatever...) Let me show you some tools you can use to make your image the masterpiece it deserves to be.

Take Something Annoying Out of the Background (Gimp)
Making Image Fixes on the Go Using Photoshop's Free Online Editor
1 Lecture 07:06
Making Image Fixes on the Go Using Photoshop's Free Online Editor
Resources, Credits, and Conclusion
5 Lectures 38:48

This lecture will show you where to go to add more functionality to GIMP and get it to do more for you.

Finding and Adding GIMP Plugins

Here are a few places where you can get royalty-free images that you can use guilt-free in your projects. Just make sure to read the licenses for each image and give credit when required.

75+ Resources to Get Free Images, Music, and Videos For Your Projects

This interview with top Udemy instructor, John Colley is full of some of my very best secret color tricks for making an impact, getting your content noticed, and boosting engagement online.

The podcast is aimed at other Udemy instructors, but my color tips can be easily used by anyone with a website or someone who uses text and images online, in presentations at work, etc.

From the program notes, we discuss pretty much in this order:

  • Introductions and a brief rundown of some of the courses I teach on Udemy and their descriptions.
  • How imaging and color psychology can impact your business
  • What color psychology can mean across borders
  • How gender can affect color choices
  • How to use color to affect the way people think about you
  • How to use color to make your courses more effective
  • How to use color in your lectures/websites/presentations to have a positive impact
  • Where you should use color in your Udemy lectures or presentations
  • Why you should avoid rainbow colors in your text
  • Why you should NEVER (almost never) use pink in an online course or work presentation.
  • Why red and orange can invigorate your audience in the right doses.
  • The importance of hierarchy in your online text
  • Why you need to avoid lack of contrast on your webpage
  • Why its easier to read black text on a white background
  • How to make course images stand out
  • How to make your images stand out to get promoted by Udemy
Extra Audio MP3: Color Tips For Your Images, Website, & Presentations

I like to practice what I preach. Here are all the Flickr Creative Commons images I used in this course along with titles, authors, and attribution licences.

Image Credits for Images Used in This Course

I'm so happy that you took this course. Thank you for visiting my online classroom. Please don't be a stranger and I hope to see you again soon.

Bonus: Freebies, Discounts, and Special Offers
1 Lecture 01:04

Students will learn more about my other courses, eBooks, staying in touch, and more.

Bonus: Freebies, Discounts, and Special Offers
About the Instructor
Kristen Palana
4.3 Average rating
990 Reviews
25,671 Students
19 Courses
Professor, Award-Winning Artist, & Digital Do-Gooder

My goal is to empower ordinary people to do extraordinary things.

Since 2000 I have been teaching graduate and undergraduate university students and adult learners in North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. I currently live and work in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) and am an Associate Professor of Digital Media at American University of Myanmar

I also lead dynamic workshops and master classes locally and internationally. Recent clients include The UN's World Food Programme (Myanmar), Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia), Mango Group (Myanmar), and The American University of Rome (Italy).

I'm an American/Portuguese multimedia artist and educator and a former tenured Associate Professor of Digital Media (2006-2016) at The American University of Rome where I also co-founded and directed its Film and Digital Media Program.

Besides teaching tens of thousands of students at Udemy and other online platforms since 2014, I'm also a Course Facilitator for the UN-mandated University for Peace (Costa Rica) through their Centre For Executive Education.

My work is exhibited internationally and online and has received a number of awards. I received my MFA from Pratt Institute in Computer Graphics and Interactive Media and also hold a BFA in Painting from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

I love taking complex topics and making them simple. 

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