The GIMP, an image editor whose power and ease-of-use rivals that of Adobe Photoshop, is one of the worldâ€™s most popular free software tools. Artists and designers rely on the GIMP to retouch photographs, composite multiple images, and create artwork from scratch. The Artistâ€™s Guide to GIMP Effects (No Starch Press, August 2007, $44.95, ISBN 978-1-59327-153-4) is a beautiful 4-color book that shows how to harness all of the GIMP's powerful features. Author Michael J. Hammel's extensively illustrated, step-by-step tutorials are perfect for hands-on learning and experimentation.
After a crash course in using the GIMP's interface and core tools (such as brushes, patterns, selections, layers, and masks), readers learn:
- Photographic techniques to create ripped edges or sepia-tones, swap colors, produce motion blurs, even fix rips in an old photograph
- Web and interface design techniques to create patterns, navigation tabs, and fancy buttons and borders
- Type effects to create depth, perspective, and neon- and graffiti-style lettering
- Special effects to simulate clouds, textures, cracks, lighting, and underwater effects
- And much more
The Artistâ€™s Guide to GIMP Effects is sure to teach readers some new tricks, whether they are new to the GIMP or have been playing with it for years.