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Live Online Training Recording (videos) of Gimp

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Session 1 - recorded 23/10/2017

Session 2 - recorded 30/10/2017

Session 3 - recorded 6/11/2017

Session 4 - recorded 13/11/2017

Session 5 - recorded 21/11/2017

Session 6 - recorded 27/11/2017

Session 7 - recorded 4/12/2017

Session 7 - recorded 11/12/2017

From the Known to the Unknown

What do you know about image processing programs (apps)?

What other graphic programs programs have you used?

What has been your your experience using and Learning it?

Possible Examples:

  1. - Microsoft Paint
  2. - Paint
  3. - Irfanview
  4. - Faststone
  5. - Drawing functions within Microsoft Word or other Word Processors
  6. - Graphic functions part of other programs
  7. - Others?

What is Gimp?

GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. GNU stands for GNU's not Unix, which makes the term a recursive acronym (an acronym in which one of the letters stands for the acronym itself). see So the Name GIMP is a part acronym of a recursive acronym See on the Gimp Web site:

A video with a bit of an explanation:

And another:

What is Free and Open Source? See:

and: and an explanation by one of the Originators of Free and Open Source :

What can you do with Gimp?

Almost anything.

To get some Idea do a google search on Gimp and show only images. Then do the same for only Videos

Way of learning how to use Gimp

The 2 broad methods:

  1. - Only learn what functions that you want to do (Pros and Cons)
  2. - Learn Everything (Pros and Cons)

Learning Material

  1. - Help as Part of Gimp: From the Help Menu, Press F1 within a function or a Menu
  2. - Google Search: See How I find how to do things: A full search for “gimp” returns over 28 Million result and Video Serch returns over 1.5 million results
  3. - Google search for only Videos (Pros and Cons)
  4. - Ask on a forum (Pros and Cons)
  5. - Documentation and Tutorials on the Gimp Web site:
  6. - FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) about Gimp:
  7. - Ask a person (Pros and Cons)
  8. - Also see Terminology

Installing Gimp

The Gimp User Interface

Do you know how to use Windows windows functions of Maximise, Minimise, Restore Down, Resize windows multiple ways?

If not got to here: or watch these videos:

Do you know how to switch between programs (apps)?

Two ways of using the Gimp User Interface

Multi Windows Mode (The default, ie as Gimp is when its first installed) and Single Windows Mode.

Switch between modes by: Windows Menu, Ticking, by clicking on Single Windows Mode.

Or watch this Video:

Classification of Tools

What are tools? What is on the Tools Menu. Why are they called Tools? Because you use them to make something.

How else can you access Tools? From the Tools bar.

What is the difference between Select, Paint and Transform Tools? How could you find out? See Learning Material

How to restore the default toolbox windows in GIMP

Navigate through Edit menu → Preferences → Window Management → and click the button for Reset Saved Window Positions to Default Values. Then click Ok to close the Preferences dialog and restart GIMP

Why sometimes functions do not work for you

How to learn each tool in detail

By detail, I mean learning every possible option of the tool. You may not wish to learn to use a tool in this amount of detail, as you may not not currently have a use for what the detail provides. However if you dont no what functionality the detail can provide, you may end up spending a lot of time performing functions that could have been otherwise done in a few seconds.

Suggested learning Procedure

  1. - Test the detail function on a image that will not matter if you lose it
  2. - If it requires specific shapes, colours, sizes etc, make sure you test image has those
  3. - Observe the image as it is, before you start using the tool or tools detail functions
  4. - If necessary make a copy of the image and tools setting before you use any of the tools functions. eg use Windows Snipping tool or Gimps File, Create, Screenshot
  5. - Only make one change to the tools setting at a time
  6. - Do the process that sets that the tool will perform the function
  7. - Observe how the tool or tool detail changed the image
  8. - If nothing appears to have happened, look closer. Sometimes the changes can be very minor
  9. - If it still does not appear if anything happened, then see: Why function sometimes dont work
  10. - If you did keep a copy of the image before you started using the tool, compare it with the image as it is now
  11. - Note how the tool or tool detail changed the image.
  12. - Decide if you understood why the tool or tool detail changed the image.
  13. - If you do understand proceed to the next detail item of the tool or the next tool. Otherwise get so other help. See Learning Material
  14. - Try, one at a time, the different permutations of each detail item of each tool. Sometimes changing multiple items may offset one another.

Here is a Video that shows many of the painting functions, that basically used the above procedure:

GIMP Tutorial - Beginners, How-to Use New Brush Tools & Dynamics

Learning only what you want to do:

Some have links to material or videos that show how to do it, others dont, but you can search to find the material.

Make Your Photos Look Better - GIMP 2.8 Tutorial

GIMP- Photo editing the eyes in a picture

Remove a person from the background

GIMP Selective Coloring

GIMP Tutorial: Transform Face into Galaxy Silhouette

GIMP Cartoon Effect Tutorial | Photoshop Alternative | #44

How To Fix An Old Or Damaged Photo Using Gimp

Turn Image into a Pencil Drawing - GIMP Tutorial

Layer Masking - GIMP 2 8 - Tutorial

Mastering Layers & Masks in GIMP

This guy does a good job explaining and showing what layers and masks are

How to use Gimp like an Artist (How to draw in Gimp)

Gimp: Using a Layer Mask

This Guy not only shows how to use it but also explains it

GIMP Tutorial - Make GIMP Brushes from Photos and Cut-Outs

This Guy has some good tutorials on Gimp

Some other functions in Gimp

The bigger Picture


See the Glossary of the Gimp Manual:

As well as the index to the Gimp Manual

  • Burn - “In photography, burning is a technique used in a darkroom to increase the exposure in particular areas of the image. This brings out details in the highlights. When used for this purpose, burn may work best on Grayscale images and with a painting tool, rather than as a layer mode” Also from :
  • Dodge- “In photography, dodging is a technique used in a darkroom to decrease the exposure in particular areas of the image. This brings out details in the shadows. When used for this purpose, dodge may work best on Grayscale images and with a painting tool, rather than as a layer mode”. From:
  • Filters - is a plug-in that modifies the appearance of an image, in most cases just the active layer of the image See in the Gimp manual
  • Gamma - midtones
  • Highlights - light tones
  • opaque - not able to be seen through; not transparent
  • Shadows - dark tones
  • transparent - allowing light to pass through so that objects behind can be distinctly seen.
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