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Short Review: Sams Teach Yourself GIMP in 24 Hours

Oct 17, 1999, 23:39 (10 Talkback[s])

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[ Linux Today reader Glenn writes: ]

When I first decided to get the book 'Sams Teach Yourself GIMP in 24 Hours', I said "Well, I know it won't be an in depth treatment of GIMP" but I just wanted something to get me started. GIMP has so many things that it would be nice to have another Linux user's perspective on what things were important and what things that person used it for.

Well, I got that. This book is not a bible but like I said, the author is an active Linux enthusiast and it's always good to read a book from someone like that. Was the book worth the money?

Things that the book covers are starting from ground zero. If you have never used the GIMP but you think it might be installed on your computer, this book is for you. Just remember to type "gimp &" at the command line.

After reading the book, you might have more questions than answers and that is the way it should be. An open ended invitation to explore the myriad possibilities of the GIMP. The book came with a cd-rom containing lots of gimp stuff, distributions of the GIMP in rpm and deb formats along with a few libraries. Good stuff although most Linux distros already include those things.

But I was always afraid of using the GIMP for some reason but not now. It's very simple. I now understand the concepts of layering and opacity and how to combine layers into one jpeg image, if I want to. These are very powerful techniques, or rather, very simple operations that can result in very interesting images. So the bottom line is the author teaches you the basics and you can then build your skills from there. Creating things no eye has ever seen? Possible.