Essential GIMP for Web Professionals

Essential GIMP for Web Professionals

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This concise, practical, example-rich guide teaches Web designers and other graphics professionals exactly what they need to know to achieve high-quality results with The Gimp, the free open source alternative to Photoshop that is included with virtually every Linux distribution. Endorsed by the World Organization of Webmasters, Essential Gimp for Web Professionals offers no-nonsense, practical coverage designed around real-world examples you can see working on a live sample site. Michael Hammel starts with an overview of how The Gimp can be used for Web graphics. Next, using simple, practical examples, he presents each key feature and capability of the Gimp, including layers, selections and masks, text and font techniques, color management, drawing and painting, image maps, animation, working from scans, using effects and rendering filters, and even scripting. The book contains four start-to-finish Web site design projects: logos, background textures, buttons and navigation, and image galleries. It also comes with a free web site that includes downloadable image samples and other valuable resources.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 152 x 224 x 28mm | 621.42g
  • Prentice Hall
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • 0130191140
  • 9780130191144

Table of contents

Preface Acknowledgments I. GIMPS BASICS FOR WEB IMAGE PRODUCTION 1. GIMP and the Web. 2. Layers 3. Selections and Masks. 4. Font Techniques. 5. Site Design 1: Logos II. DRAWING, PAINTING AND COLOR. 6. Color Management. 7. Drawing and Painting. 8. Site Design 2: Background Textures. III. FORMATTING IMAGES IN WEB PAGES 9. Web Imaging. 10. Gallery Images. 11. Image Maps and Carvings. 12. Animations. 13. Site Design 3: Site Navigation. IV. CAPTURING IMATES, APPLYING SPECIAL EFFECTS, AND SCRIPTING. 14. Scanning and Digital Cameras. 15. Effects and Filters. 16. Rendering Filters. 17. Scripting. 18. Site Design 4: Image Galleries. V. APPENDIXES. Appendix A: Toolbox Reference. Appendix B: Color Management Tools Reference. Appendix C: Effects Filter Reference. Appendix D: Rendering Filters Reference. Appendix E: GIMP Keyboard Shortcuts. Index.
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About Michael J. Hammel

MICHAEL J. HAMMEL is a freelance writer and software developer focused on graphics-related issues in Linux and UNIX environments. Hammel's articles have appeared in Linux magazine and Linux Answers. His book The Artist's Guide to the GIMP (SSC), was the first published text on the GIMP. His Web site,, is an essential resource for anyone working with Linux graphics tools.
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