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    Question Beginning GIMP: From Novice to Professional - Anyone own this book?

    Beginning GIMP: From Novice to Professional by Akkana Peck.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/159...d=8LABJAIXH7KC

    I was wondering if this book was any good for learning GIMP. I have a chance to pick it up dirt cheap with a coupon, so I thought I'd ask if anyone has it and found it useful. I've flipped through it briefly once, and I was very impressed with the quality of the color pages inside.

    Thanks in advance.
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    Not being a GiMP user or ownign the book, I can't give any direct advice. But I find that I can't pass up any chance to buy training on a software package cheap.

    That also explains why I have a shelf filled with books for Photoshop 6.5 and 3D Studio Max 2.5. Those were the current versions when I started learning them.

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    I have it, and it is quite good to learn how a program like GIMP works (lots of stuff on layers, masking, etc.) Lots of focus on photo editing/touch-up and "web" graphics. If you have specific questions on content ask, and I'll look it up (though I see the amazon link does have the index and TOC online).

    Not that much on using it to "create art"...

    (Now that would be a book I would buy ie- "The Digital Artist - Creative Techniques Using GIMP")...

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    Thanks for the info - I probably will pick this up eventually. Unfortunately, I had some unexpected expenses today. The money goes out faster than it comes in lately.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ravells View Post
    About time you wrote one, Rob!
    Only if you edit it Ravs!

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    Post I went to Barnes and Nobles yesterday...

    Since I'm not yet a major GIMP user, I did not purchase the books, however, I did find "Beginning GIMP: From Novice to Professional" and I did glance through the book.

    Although it looked interesting, there was another book right next to it, that seemed really interesting, and perhaps more useful - Mastering GIMP Effects.

    I'd say that second book looked better the first - IMHO. More step-by-step tutorials and deeper use of GIMP techniques.

    I purchased Digital Horror Art - as that is one my interests...
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    I spent more time flipping though my copy and it has a few more good items I missed out before.

    It deals with 2.4, the current version - so is useful to explain the new features.

    It explains the new colour profile/management that GIMP supports as of this version.

    It gets into the details of writing custom scripts, i.e. programming gimp to do macros, or whatever.

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