Adding Special Characters

GIMP's Text Editor lets you type all characters you find on your keyboard. Special characters, such as the copyright character, , or accented characters, such as n, are not included. However, Windows users can find special characters and Unicode key positions in the Character Map, which can be accessed from Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools. Simply, with a right-click of your mouse, you can copy and paste the characters into GIMP's Text Editor. The prerequisite for this and...

The ScriptFu Layer Effects

Adobe has special effects in Photoshop, the so-called layer styles or layer effects. This collection includes effects like Drop Shadow, Bevel and Emboss, Outer and Inner Glow, and so on. Jon Stipe developed an equivalent script-fu for GIMP called layerfx.scm. You can download it from http registry.gimp.org node 186. You can also find it on the DVD in the folder GIMPScript-Fus. Installing script-fus and filters is described in section 1.5.2. After the installation in GIMP, you must select Filter...

Converting Camera RAW Image Formats under Windows Mac OS X and Linux Freeware and Plug Ins

Highest Quality Format Gimp

If your digital camera uses a proprietary file or RAW file format to capture images, you should use it. Taking photos as digital raw data will result in a higher-quality image after correction, particularly when compared to photos taken in the highest-quality JPEG format. Saving images in their native camera or RAW format will also ensure that you'll get the best possible quality when you archive the originals. Since version 2.2.6, GIMP supports RAW formats, so you can directly open and edit...

Using Filters to Color and Bleach an Image

Gimp Sketch Effect Script

Some filters offer the option to subsequently color your image, give it a vintage feel, and make it look like a pencil drawing or convert it into a grayscale photocopy. An interesting filter to color images can be found under Filters > Decor > Old Photo. This filter can create more than just a sepia-toned photo. If desired, the image can be altered with various effects to give it an aged look. However, this script-fu doesn't have a preview function. You just have to activate or deactivate...

Removing Lens Distortion Making Perspective Corrections and Reducing Vignetting

Even after correcting the perspective in the previous exercise, distortions and warping still remain. This is due to the fact that the image was put together as a panorama picture using several individual photos taken with a wide-angle lens. In addition, the image has a left and a right vanishing point. To correct these defects, GIMP offers the Lens Distortion and Curve Bend filters. These filters provide not only perspective corrections, but also to a certain extent corrective measures for...

Installing GIMP and Plug Ins

GIMP works on the three major operating systems Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux as well as on some less popular systems, such as BSD and Sun Solaris. This section concerns itself with installing GIMP on your system. GIMP doesn't run by itself on Windows. You'll need to install a runtime environment, a separate file provided by GTK . In earlier versions of GIMP you had to install GTK as a separate file. Now GTK is included in GIMP 2.6. It is sometimes necessary and often advantageous to also install...

Color Management in GIMP

Apart from calibrating your monitor, you can install an updated driver to get rid of problems with color rendition and brightness in your prints. Generally speaking, the home printer and photo printer can't be calibrated. This option is only available for professional printers. Nevertheless, with the help of color profiles, most printers can be adjusted to the color rendition of monitors programs. This is where color management is necessary in GIMP. Since GIMP 2.4, it is a standard feature. You...