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GIMP for Beginners: Free Graphics for Book Covers

Course Summary

An introduction to the free GIMP graphics tool focusing on the creation of book covers for self-publishing.

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    Course Syllabus

    • Introduction
      • Overview of the Course
      • Installing the GIMP
      • Starting the GIMP, Screen Layout, Exiting the GIMP
      • Supplement: Sample Book Covers
    • Creating a Simple Book Cover
      • Creating an Empty Book Cover
      • Loading Images From the Internet
      • Adding Text
      • Saving Your Book Cover
    • Working with Layers and Selections
      • Defining and Manipulating Layers
      • Selecting Images and Image Components
      • Applying Effects to Selections
      • Copying, Cutting, and Pasting Selections
      • Supplement: More on Layers
    • Loading Fonts and Using Text Effects
      • Text Manipulation
      • Loading Fonts
      • Using Fonts
      • Blurring and Drop Shadows
    • Buying and Manipulating Inexpensive Images
      • Buying Inexpensive Images Off the Internet
      • Manipulating the Images
    • Creating Colored Boxes
      • Making Colored Boxes
      • Sampling Colors
      • Using Color Gradients
      • Displaying Text Over Colored Boxes
    • Using Layer Masks
      • Two Applications of Layer Masks
    • Stroking a Path
      • Stroking a Path Around Text
    • Putting It All Together
      • Let's Create a Book Cover, Shall we?
      • Making a Space Book Cover
      • Making a Book Cover with Colored Boxes
      • Downloading the Sample Covers

Course Fee:
USD 49

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Course Status:



1 - 4 hours / week

This course is listed under Open Source , Operating Systems and Digital Media & Games Community

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