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Old Nov 23, 2012, 12:16 PM   #1
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Default Any Gimp users out there?

I'm looking for a "Gimp for Dummies" book. The instructions and help sections for Gimp are good and very detailed, however a bit overwhelming to me. I would like to find something with step by step illustrations about doing particular operations with Gimp (1 picture = 1000 words ).

Better yet. is anyone willing to offer online guidance here, provided it's okay with the forum moderators of course. You would not need to be an expert by any means, in fact, someone with some knowledge who is willing to learn more, while teaching others, who know less.

For instance, I'm trying to learn how to combine portions of one image with another using cut and paste. I know it's simple, but I just haven't found out how .

How about it, do we have any takers?

Thanks for listening ,
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+1 I use gimp but only barely.
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I've tried Gimp a few times, but it's so awkward to use compared with Photoshop that I want no more to do with it.

That does NOT mean that I'm advising you to go to the expense of buying the latest Photoshop or even buy a used or older version of the full-blown Photoshop.

Instead look for Photoshop Elements 2. I got mine some years ago on eBay for $25. More recently I saw another at a garage sale for $5.

The very simplest Photoshop that I know of is Photoshop LE - (Limited Edition) that came free with a camera that I bought many years ago. But beware - "Limited Edition" is an understatement. I don't recommend it.

As for learning how to use Photoshop layers - it's true that it's simple enough - once you discover how. I recommend that any newcomer to Photoshop should watch a couple of demonstrations by somebody who has the know-how. Then all will become quickly clear. I learned the hard way, by trial & error - and I now realise that I'd have wasted far less time & grasped it all far more quickly if I'd consulted some kid.

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hi best way to learn is got to youtube and look there i used to use gimp a lot but now use photoshop. but that how i found how to do things
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I'm looking for a "Gimp for Dummies" book. The instructions and help sections for Gimp are good and very detailed, however a bit overwhelming to me. I would like to find something with step by step illustrations about doing particular operations with Gimp (1 picture = 1000 words ).

Better yet. is anyone willing to offer online guidance here, provided it's okay with the forum moderators of course. You would not need to be an expert by any means, in fact, someone with some knowledge who is willing to learn more, while teaching others, who know less.

For instance, I'm trying to learn how to combine portions of one image with another using cut and paste. I know it's simple, but I just haven't found out how .

How about it, do we have any takers?

Thanks for listening ,
Try checking out http://www.gimpedtutorials.com - there is a great series of 7 gimp video tutorials for beginners that I think will help you a ton. There's also a lot of gimp tutorials for other things, like adjusting eyes and fixing skin.

I run the site, so if you have any questions I would be happy to help you out.
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Old Nov 27, 2012, 1:55 PM   #6
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Thanks for the reply, that's a great site. I've been through all 7 of the tutorials and they are great. I'll be checking back with you on the site with questions.

Again, thanks
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