The GIMP Pocket Reference explains the numerous features of the GNU Image Manipulation Program--more affectionately known as "The GIMP"--and is the essential guide for designers working in a Linux/Unix environment. The GIMP is an open source image editor and design application that parallels Adobe Photoshop in functionality with one exception: it is free.
The GIMP runs on virtually all Unix platforms, is included with most commercial Linux distributions, and can be downloaded freely from the Internet. This powerful image manipulation tool can be quite complex, making it hard to overlook the whole functionality.
Based on the menu structure of the program, this handy reference covers GIMP version 1.2. It explains the function of every menu item and offers tips for every day usage. The Appendix explains important terms of image manipulation and contains a table of file formats supported by The GIMP.
The GIMP Pocket Reference enables novices and experts alike to use this complex program fast and efficiently.
Comments about O'Reilly Media GIMP Pocket Reference:
I have a number of O'Reilly books in my library... well, OK, scattered hither and yon all over my house, my car, and most recently... in my vest pocket. No, that wasn't a typo, I recently started carrying one or another of the O'Reilly Pocket Reference books with me in the inside pocket of a cargo vest.
This one was recently translated from the German Gimp kurz & gut, (GIMP short & good) published in March of 1999. Despite the deviation from the original title, this book makes for a very good short reference book indeed.
The GIMP, Gnu Image Manipulation Program, is an extremely useful and versatile binary, and the versatility is what makes the book, if not necessary, then at least desirable. It address the 1.2 version of the GIMP, outlining the various menus, functions, and scripts available to the user. I knew something of how to use the GIMP previously, however after a few weeks of perusing this little gem of knowledge in my spare time and while actually doing some photo manipulation, my horizon has expanded considerably.
Though not a complete course in the use of the GIMP, if necessary, one could learn to use it from reading the book and keeping it handy beside the keyboard. Buy this one. At $9.99, it is a bargain, especially for an O'Reilly book, and you will never regret your purchase.