GIMP is an awesome graphics package. It’s suitable for for all sorts of graphic and photo manipulation and editing tasks. Whilst much more complicated than the likes of  Microsoft Paint, with that complexity comes flexibility and power.

As a software package for commercial use, GIMP has matured since its inception in the 1990s. It is now considered to be an acceptable alternative ‘application skill’ to PaintShop Pro by many graphically orientated marketing companies. Combined with no licencing fees. Skills can developed at home, and graphical skills are definitely a marketable skill for everyone’s CV!

A brilliant way to start to learn about this piece of software would be to install it on your own computer. Of course we can be really lazy and try out any number of the easy scripts using Menu->File->Create->Buttons/Logos/Patterns etc….

Perhaps take/scan in a photo and make it look old?  Menu->Filters->Decor->Old Photo…. etc

We could play with the “filters” provided OR we can become power users and unleash the awesome power of this program. Try out a few of these examples:

Bullet holes

Make a pencil drawing from a photo

Various text effects

Lightning bolt

Try searching in google for GIMP tutorials ….. and off you go!

…and you’ve started your learning quest to become a digital graphics master!

Try this lightning bolt script for animated graphical effects!

Courses with GIMP content may cover:

1.    Using the application on a home system.

2.    Example ‘recipies’ to gain familiarity with the GIMP interface and enable students to appreciate the power of this application.

3.    Working with photographs.

4.    Importing available brushes and filters.

5.    Using GIMP with a Bamboo Tablet.

6.    Creation of your own brushes and filters.

For digital graphics, this is an application that everyone should be familiar with and learn to use.