About GIMP

GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. GIMP was bred from the Linux world and is an open-source software program covered by the General Public License (GPL). GNU means "GNU's Not Unix" and refers to a collection of software based on the UNIX operating system and maintained by the Free Software Foundation.

GIMP is "the Photoshop of the Linux world"—it is the best free image editing program. GIMP 2.6 was introduced in October 2008. This enhanced version of GIMP meets the functionality requirements of even the most exacting digital photographer. Its interface is highly efficient and easy to use once you know your way around.

In fact, the book you are reading right now is mostly based on GIMP version 2.6.2 (released in October 2008). From the point of view of the user, there have been no changes yet up to version 2.6.8 in January 2010. So for all general purposes, this book is current.

Image Editing

GIMP's primary function is to create and edit pixel or bitmap images, but it also can be used for other tasks. The program will help you touch up your digital photographs, create digital art, or author a new logo for your company's web page. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Vector graphics programs are often used to create original or complex images and/or animations. GIMP supports some basic vector graphic features. You can draw an image using the GFIG plug-in and the Path tool. However, you should be aware that GIMP was not designed to be a designated environment for creating and editing complex vector diagrams.

Video Editing

GAP stands for GIMP Animation Package, and with it GIMP offers a range of useful tools for creating small animations on a frame-by-frame basis. For example, you can use GIMP's GAP package to read or write AVI- and GIFformatted videos and animations. You can also use GAP to open and read videos in MPEG format.

Understanding Adobe Photoshop Features You Will Use

Understanding Adobe Photoshop Features You Will Use

Adobe Photoshop can be a complex tool only because you can do so much with it, however for in this video series, we're going to keep it as simple as possible. In fact, in this video you'll see an overview of the few tools and Adobe Photoshop features we will use. When you see this video, you'll see how you can do so much with so few features, but you'll learn how to use them in depth in the future videos.

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