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!