Preface to the Extended Second Edition

A good three years have passed since the first publication of my book GIMP 2 for Photographers. In the meantime, the new GIMP 2.6 has become available. Essentially, the subdivision in separate dialog boxes has remained the same. However, there have been various modifications in the segmentation and layout of the menu bars as well as in the appearance, characteristics, and handling of windows. New tools and functions have been added to the menus. Some tools offer new additional functions such as scalable brushes and scalable options. In the future, the new graphics library GEGL will be quite essential in enabling GIMP to operate with greater color depth. That is to say that GIMP will be able to work with photos with more color information than before. Also, the choice of the color palette CMYK for printing in the four-color process will be available. However, the full integration of these functions won't be available until the next one or two versions.

This new edition of my book offers you a complete introduction into photo and image editing with GIMP. I will explain the new functions in GIMP, such as the new polygon lasso, the automatic free select tool, the healing and repair brushes, and the perspective-cloning tool. I have also added new chapters that will demonstrate the various techniques for correcting over- and underexposed photographs and for brightening darker sections of photographs and darkening brighter sections. This all will be illustrated in detail, which includes the introduction of the corresponding programs and plug-ins.

The additions and updates in GIMP 2.6 offer you an even better opportunity to master the enormous possibilities of digital image editing. I wish you lots of fun learning these new techniques and putting your own ideas into action.

Klaus Goelker

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