Join Justin Seeley for an in-depth discussion in this video IMPORTANT: Before we get started, part of GIMP Essential Training.
- Before we get started, there are a couple of important things I need to discuss with you, specifically related to GIMP on Windows platforms. There are a couple of features that you're going to see here throughout this course that are no longer available on the Windows platform because of the fact that the plugins that were used to create these types of effects are no longer available, or they have changed in some way. Let me go through those and walk you through exactly what's changed and how it affects you throughout this course. First up is the "Layer via Cut or Copy" plugin. This is a plugin that allows you to duplicate a given layer, just by copying it to it's own specific layer.
Now, this plugin is no longer available for Windows, in the sense that it was when I first recorded this course. It is still available, however you do have to install "Python" along side of it, which is sort of a pain, if you're not really familiar with how to do that. So if you don't want to take the time to do this install of all this stuff to make this little thing work, all you have to do in order to complete the operations that I show you when I use the "Layer via cut or copy", is whatever selection you have on screen, just copy and paste that like you would anything else.
so you take "edit copy" "edit paste", "edit cut" "edit paste", and that will go ahead and perform the same type of operations, you just have to make sure that you're doing so on it's own individual layer. The second plugin that we have to talk about is something called the "noise generator". This plugin apparently has been discontinued on Windows. There's no longer anything on the website that really shows what this plugin is doing or if they're updating it, or anything like that. So you won't be able to follow along with exactly what I do in the movie where I talk about the "noise generator", however, if you do a search on the GIMP plugin registry, you can find alternatives.
For instance, I found this one right here on "Deviant Art" which is a noise generator plugin which will allow you to do things sort of like what I do in the movie. It'll get you the same type of effects. It is called "Noise Generator", you can see it works for GIMP 2.6, and later it's compiled for Windows XP and Vista and so forth. So it should work on your version of Windows, hopefully, and my recommendation is just to go and find this and try it out. So you can do a search for it on "Deviant Art", you can find it. It's just called the "GIMP Noise Generator Plugin" by PhotoComix. That's "photo", then "c", "o", "m", "i", "x." The final plugin that we talk about is something called "BIMP", or batch image manipulation plugin.
This is something that you will have to install via the GIMP plugin registry. So what you do is go to registry.gimp.org, and you can search for this, "BIMP", and then you just follow the instructions, they've got instructions on how to install this. And once you have this installed, it should work exactly like it does in the movies throughout this course. This is one of the few that don't change throughout this course, so make sure that you install this that way you can go through the batch processing plugin later on. Alright, so let's take a look here. Here are the different plugins that we use. "Layer Via Cut and Copy", it is still available, although it does require the "Python" install, which may be a little complicated.
"Noise Generator" is no longer available in the form in which I use it in this course, however, alternatives may exist, you just need to search the GIMP plugin registry for that. And BIMP is still available and functioning at the time of this recording, which is in the late 2014. So what movies do these plugins actually affect? In chapter three there are a few movies that use the "Layer via Cut and Copy" plugin, Again, in order to accomplish the exact same thing, create yourself a new layer, copy and paste whatever it is you have a selection of into that new layer.
Chapter nine uses the noise generator, again you can find the alternatives via the GIMP plugin registry or through Deviant Art. And then chapter ten uses BIMP, and that plugin still exists and is still functioning, as of of late 2014. For the most part, you should be able to go through this course without any problems, however GIMP is open-source software, and so are the plugins that are being used along side of it, and they're constantly taking things in and out of the program to make it function better. Or adding in new things, or taking things away, so you just need to be aware of that.
That's one of the risks in using open-source software. GIMP is free, but it's not without it's trade-offs, and these are just some of those that you're seeing here.
- 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