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GIMP Essential Training

with Justin Seeley

Video: Welcome

Learn how to perform basic image editing techniques such as cropping and resizing, selecting and masking, improving tone and contrast, and basic retouching, in GIMP, the free image editor for Mac and Windows.
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  1. 10m 9s
    1. Welcome
    2. Using the exercise files
    3. Configuring GIMP for Windows
      4m 31s
    4. IMPORTANT: Before we get started
      4m 9s
  2. 12m 50s
    1. Touring the GIMP interface
      5m 20s
    2. Exploring the tools
      4m 32s
    3. Creating and saving documents
      2m 58s
  3. 30m 11s
    1. What are layers?
      5m 36s
    2. Exploring the Layers palette
      4m 34s
    3. Creating and deleting layers
      4m 8s
    4. Linking layers together
      3m 20s
    5. Changing the stacking order
      1m 59s
    6. Exploring blend modes
      4m 24s
    7. Transforming a layer
      3m 30s
    8. Adjusting layer transparency
      2m 40s
  4. 47m 0s
    1. Working with basic selection tools
      5m 6s
    2. Using the Free Select tool
      4m 17s
    3. Using Fuzzy Select
      8m 45s
    4. Creating selections by color
      6m 27s
    5. Using Intelligent Scissors
      7m 26s
    6. Layer masking explained
      4m 36s
    7. Creating a layer mask
      3m 27s
    8. Modifying a layer mask
      6m 56s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. Rotating images
      2m 44s
    2. Cropping images
      4m 46s
    3. Using auto adjustments
      6m 37s
    4. Adjusting images with Levels
      5m 25s
    5. Adjusting images with Curves
      5m 34s
    6. Adjusting Hue, Saturation, and Brightness
      4m 43s
    7. Adjusting noisy images
      7m 50s
    8. Sharpening images
      7m 53s
    9. Adjusting image size
      4m 16s
    10. Using Liquid Rescale
      7m 14s
    11. Using the Cage Transform tool
      4m 50s
  6. 16m 5s
    1. What are paths?
      4m 19s
    2. Using the Paths tool
      6m 48s
    3. Using paths with brushes
      4m 58s
  7. 11m 0s
    1. Adding text to images
      2m 58s
    2. Typing text on a path
      3m 4s
    3. Converting text to a path
      4m 58s
  8. 28m 17s
    1. Working with brushes
      4m 18s
    2. Adjusting brush attributes
      5m 10s
    3. Creating a custom brush
      6m 4s
    4. Using the Ink tool
      2m 35s
    5. Working with gradient fills
      6m 15s
    6. Working with pattern fills
      3m 55s
  9. 27m 58s
    1. Using dodge and burn tools
      6m 22s
    2. Using blur and sharpen tools
      6m 54s
    3. Using the Clone tool
      5m 14s
    4. Cloning in perspective
      4m 59s
    5. Using the Healing tool
      4m 29s
  10. 23m 17s
    1. Using the blur filters
      7m 13s
    2. Using the distortion filters
      4m 13s
    3. Creating a drop shadow
      3m 5s
    4. Adding noise to an image
      4m 31s
    5. Exploring the artistic filters
      4m 15s
  11. 11m 10s
    1. Using the batch processor
      5m 15s
    2. Exploring essential keyboard shortcuts
      5m 55s
  12. 8m 20s
    1. Saving your work in GIMP
      1m 48s
    2. Exporting for print and web
      4m 38s
    3. Printing your work
      1m 54s
  13. 54s
    1. Goodbye

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GIMP Essential Training
Video Duration: 0s 4h 49m Beginner Updated Sep 04, 2014


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GIMP is a popular open-source image editor for Mac, Windows, and Linux that has slowly evolved to become a credible free alternative to programs like Adobe Photoshop. In this course, Justin Seeley shows how to translate basic image editing techniques to GIMP, such as cropping and resizing, selecting and masking, improving tone and contrast, and dedicates other chapters to retouching with the cloning and healing tools, creating illustrative effects with the paint and ink brushes, and working with text and paths. The final sections show you how to save time by automating tasks with macros and batch processing and how to print and save your work.

Topics include:
  • What is GIMP?
  • Performing nondestructive edits with layers
  • Exploring blend modes
  • Adjusting transparency
  • Making selections
  • Creating layer masks
  • Adjusting color and contrast with Curves, Levels, and other auto adjustments
  • Sharpening images
  • Using patterns and gradients in your images
  • Fixing image flaws
  • Enhancing photos with filters
  • Automating your workflow
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(music playing) Hey there! My name is Justin Seeley. I'd like to welcome you to GIMP Essential Training. First off, we'll tackle the basics, like GIMP's interface and tools. From there, we'll move on to one of the most essential elements of GIMP: layers. Once we've nailed down layers, we'll move on to the fun stuff, like creating and using masks on your images. I'll show you how to use GIMP's various selection tools to grab a piece for your image, refine it, and then turn it into a mask to create composites, or simply make selective adjustments.

Next we'll dive into manipulating images with levels and curves commands. I'm also going to show you how to do things like creating and editing vector paths, applying text to your designs, how to work with GIMP's painting tools, and how to speed up your workflow using some of the built-in automation features inside of GIMP. So if you're ready, let's begin our journey into GIMP Essential Training.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about GIMP Essential Training .

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Q: This course was updated on 09/04/2014. What changed?
A: We added a movie that explains why you can't achieve some of the effects shown in these tutorials in the Windows version of GIMP. This is due to the fact some plugins have been removed since this course was recorded. Watch the "IMPORTANT: Before we get started" to learn more about how these changes will impact you.
Q: I don't have access to some of the tools and can't create some of effects shown in this course. What's wrong?
A: Unfortunately, some plugins have been removed from the Windows version of GIMP since this course was recorded. Watch the "IMPORTANT: Before we get started" to learn more about how these changes will impact you.





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