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Course Review: GIMP Essential Training


Teacher: Dave Rankin
Length: 5h 13m
Provider: (course link)

When I saw the offering on LYNDA, I jumped at the chance of seeing what Dave Rankin had to offer. I’ve been meaning to become acquainted with the software for years in order to make myself less reliant on crappy web-based services. Given that GIMP was listed as an alternative to Photoshop, learning GIMP seemed intimidating. GIMP Essential Training makes it a heck of a lot easier. As my introduction to courses by Dave Rankin, I am impressed.

In this course, Dave Rankin offers an in-depth look into the various features of GIMP, a popular piece of free, open-source image editing software. There aren’t a lot of courses that cover this subject as most tutors are geared towards paid products such as Photoshop. It is a shame as well, given that GIMP is packed full of features.
So, what is covered? It begins with basic features such as familiarising yourself with the interface, layers and brushes. Then, it builds upon this by dealing with more advanced features such as masks, cloning, filters and transform tools. Dave Rankin wraps things up by discussing exporting and print options.
This course covers a lot of ground, making this software accessible for a newcomer such as myself. Whilst I may not use the software a lot in future, I am confident that I’ll be able to navigate the numerous options with ease. If I come across issues, the course also offers some links to useful resources to overcome difficulty.

I recommend this course to anyone new to GIMP as well as veterans looking for a refresher. Just be prepared to do the suggested exercises as that will assist in getting you acquainted with the features. I am really looking forward to Dave Rankin’s course on Inkscape, another piece of free, open-source software.

Next stop, Drawing Foundations: Fundamentals!

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5 thoughts on “Course Review: GIMP Essential Training

  1. I’ll definitely check this out. I’ve used GIMP for years but I still only manage make use of its most basic features. I need to learn how to make better use of it. Thanks for sharing!

    • Hey, Tonya! I got a lot out of the lessons. I just have to put them to use.
      One of the reasons why I started the course in the first place was to work on maps for world settings. I saw a bunch of videos where people were utilising it for this purpose but I suspected that there were features that I was missing out on. It turns out that I was right.

  2. When you are done with Gimp, you might like to discover Krita next.

    • Thanks for your comment. I’ve considered using Krita a few times over the years but it has never eventuated in spite of numerous recommendations. It is such a pity that more websites such as LYNDA don’t offer courses on the software as it does seem to have a large user base. At least there is a following on users that have taken it upon themselves to creating tutorials on Krita, such as in the case of your blog. I might look into it in the future but I have a lengthy backlog of stuff that I’d like to deal with first.

      • You will find quite a lot tutorial entering krita on Youtube, you “just” have to find the good ones. You will see that it’s actually better than Photoshop, but i know how a busy schedule can keep you away of such discoveries.

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