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Course: GIMP 2.8/2.10 for Beginners: Free Book and eBook Covers

GIMP 2.8/2.10 for Beginners: Free Book and eBook Covers

  • Life Time Access
  • Certificate on Completion
  • Access on Android and iOS App
  • Self-Paced
About this Course

Learn the GIMP from the Ground Up 

In this course I'll show you how to use the Gnu Image Manipulation Program (GIMP), a free Photoshop like program, to produce professional looking, high quality graphics on a budget. The course uses the creation of book covers for self-publishing as the basis for demonstrating the use of the program. The techniques demonstrated can be used to create stunning graphics for any purpose including display on the Web. 

      GIMP Easily Explained: 

   Excellent course with detailed explanations on how to use GIMP to create fabulous book covers. Thank you! 

   -Maria Oquendo 

This course provides material suitable for the absolute beginner and includes information on how to install all required tools and resources. It then goes on to show you how to use those components to produce unique, professional looking, and high quality graphics suitable for use as book covers for self-publishing. The course includes information on graphic composition that can be used to cause the most important elements of your image stand out. 

Note: I demonstrate the use of the GIMP on a PC running Microsoft Windows 7. If you're a Linux or Mac user, the GIMP is also available to you, and information in this course beyond installation is fully applicable. 

Sell More of Anything with Professional Looking Graphics 

Though you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, the truth is that most people do exactly that. Why not produce the best impression you can by displaying stunning graphics mixed with text. Whether you're selling books or some other product, graphics that can capture the customer's attention will give you a leg up in differentiating yourself from your competition. 

This Course Includes Everything You Need to Know to Become Proficient with the GIMP 

This course includes 29 lectures, over two hours of material, divided into the following major categories of information: 

  • Installing, staring, and stopping the GIMP
  • GIMP window layout
  • Creating a simple book cover
  • Working with layers and selections
  • Loading fonts and using text effects
  • Buying and manipulating inexpensive images
  • Creating colored boxes
  • Using layer masks
  • Stroking a path
  • Putting it all together

Learn to Create Stunning Book Covers and More 

Why focus on book covers? The course benefits from having a specific focus and I'm the most familiar with using the GIMP to create book covers. Besides, you only need to know the fundamentals of using the GIMP to produce book covers. Don't worry, you can still create amazing images for the Web and beyond using the basics of the GIMP. 

      A Great Cover Course 

   Bite sized lessons that are clear and concise on how to use The GIMP to create ebook covers for the KINDLE. Very easy to follow. 

   -Bronwyn Wilson 

This course uses a combination of presentation slides and screen capture to show you how to use the GIMP to produce book covers specifically. 

Expect to spend several days to weeks digesting all the information provided in this course. 

Start Today! 

Silly as it may seem, your book cover is the first characteristic of your book that is likely to distinguish you from the crowd. Why not spend some time learning how to produce a quality, professional looking book cover for your self-published work using free tools and inexpensive professional quality images?

I'll see you in the classroom,

---Brian

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone seeking an introduction on how to produce high quality graphics using the GIMP
  • Self-published authors needing to produce professional looking, high quality book covers on a budget
Basic knowledge
  • A PC running Windows or Linux or a Mac running MacOS
  • Some free memory and disc space to accommodate the GIMP and your images
What you will learn
  • Install the GIMP on Your PC
  • Use the GIMP to produce a basic book cover
  • Use advanced concepts to produce professional looking book covers
  • Use tips and suggestions to maximise our design and implementation
Curriculum
Number of Lectures: 98
Total Duration: 09:59:18
Introduction
  • Overview of the Course  
  • GIMP 2.10 Changes: How to Make GIMP 2.10 Look Like GIMP 2.8  
  • Installing the GIMP  
  • Starting the GIMP, Screen Layout, Exiting the GIMP  
  • Supplement: Sample Book Covers  
Creating a Simple Book Cover
  • Introduction to Creating a Simple Book Cover  
  • Creating an Empty Book Cover  
  • Loading Images From the Internet  
  • Adding Text  
  • Saving Your Book Cover  
  • Creating a Simple Book Cover Section Workshop  
  • Creating a Simple Book Cover Section Project  
  • Conclusion to Creating a Simple Book Cover  
Working with Layers and Selections
  • Introduction to 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  
  • Working with Layers and Selections Section Workshop  
  • Working with Layers and Selections Section Project  
  • Conclusion to Working with Layers and Selections  
Loading Fonts and Using Text Effects
  • Introduction to Loading Fonts and Using Text Effects  
  • Text Manipulation  
  • Loading Fonts  
  • Using Fonts  
  • Blurring and Drop Shadows  
  • Loading Fonts and Using Text Effects Section Workshop  
  • Loading Fonts and Using Text Effects Section Project  
  • Conclusion to Loading Fonts and Using Text Effects  
Buying and Manipulating Inexpensive/Free Images
  • Introduction to Buying and Manipulating Inexpensive/Free Images  
  • Pixabay: An Early Warning!  
  • Buying Inexpensive Images Off the Internet  
  • Manipulating the Images  

    This lecture explains some of the manipulations that can applied to images once they're selected.

  • Using the Clone Tool  
  • Buying and Manipulating Inexpensive/Free Images Section Workshop  
  • Buying and Manipulating Inexpensive/Free Images Section Project  
  • Conclusion to Buying and Manipulating Inexpensive/Free Images  
Creating Colored Boxes
  • Introduction to Creating Colored Boxes  
  • Making Colored Boxes  
  • Sampling Colors  
  • Using Color Gradients  
  • Displaying Text Over Colored Boxes  
  • Creating Colored Boxes Section Workshop  
  • Creating Colored Boxes Section Project  
  • Conclusion to Creating Colored Boxes  
Using Layer Masks and Paths
  • Introduction to Using Layer Masks and Paths  
  • Two Applications of Layer Masks  
  • Stroking a Path Around Text  
  • Circular Text  
  • Making Text Follow an Arbitrary Path  
  • Using Layer Masks and Paths Section Workshop  
  • Using Layer Masks and Paths Section Project  
  • Conclusion to Using Layer Masks and Paths  
Book Cover Design Theory
  • Introduction to Book Cover Design Theory  
  • Branding  

    This lecture discusses options for branding yourself and individual book series. Always write in a series.  Use common colors, fonts, images and layout to make finding the next in the series easy.

  • Satisfying Genre Expectations  
  • Use of Color  
  • use of Images  
  • Making Your Text Pop  
  • View Your Work in Thumbnail Size  
  • Analyze Peer Book Covers  
  • Book Cover Design Theory Workshop  
  • Book Cover Design Theory Section Project  
  • Conclusion to Book Cover Design Theory  
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  
Favorite Tricks and Common Errors
  • Favorite Tricks Pt. 1  
  • Favorite Tricks Pt. 2  
  • Favorite Tricks Pt. 3  
  • Common Errors  
Recreating My Personal Favorite Book Covers: 2017 Course Extension
  • A Review of My Past Book Covers  
  • Using Pixabay for Free Images  
  • Reinterpreting Existing Popular Covers  
  • Stretching My GIMP Muscles  
  • Reinterpreting My "Symphony" Book Cover Pt. 1  
  • Reinterpreting My "Symphony" Book Cover Pt. 2  
  • Two Technique Book Cover: Silhouettes and Dark Desaturated Backgrounds  
  • Drunken and Layer Mask Text -- Very Cool!  
2017 Amazon Book Cover Reinterpretation Challenge
  • Section Introduction  
  • Challenge #1 from Kelly  
  • Challenge #2 from Saundra Pt. 1  
  • Challenge #2 from Saundra Pt. 2  
  • Challenge #3 from Harshad Pt. 1  
  • Challenge #3 from Harshad Pt. 2  
  • Challenge #4 from Joanne Pt. 1  
  • Challenge #4 from Joanne Pt. 2  
  • Challenge #5 from Tania Pt. 1  
  • Challenge #5 from Tania Pt. 2  
  • Challenge #6 from Janine Pt. 1  
  • Challenge #6 from Janine Pt. 2  
  • Challenge #7 from Janine Pt. 1  
  • Challenge #7 from Janine Pt. 2  
Question and Answer
  • How to Fill a Layer with Color  
  • Why a Blur May Not Work  
Conclusion
  • What Now?  
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