Sebastopol, CA--The GNU Image Manipulation Program-more affectionately known
as "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. However, this powerful image manipulation tool, with its hundreds
of filters and functions, can be quite complex.
O'Reilly's latest release in the Pocket Reference series,
GIMP Pocket Reference,
explains those numerous features and is a concise guide for designers working
in a Linux/Unix environment.
Based on the menu structure of the program, GIMP Pocket Reference covers
the GIMP's latest version 1.2 and all the plug-ins and scripts that are a
part of the standard distribution. It explains the function of every menu
item and offers practical tips. The Appendix explains important terms of
image manipulation and contains a table of file formats supported by the
This little book was designed to help those new to the GIMP learn about its
features, as well as to give experienced users a handy reference for quick
look-ups of functions. In a remarkably petite 97 pages, it not only
provides a concise but thorough reference, it also documents the many,
sometimes hidden, features that make working with the GIMP more efficient.
The author, Sven Neumann, started to hack on the GNU Image Manipulation
Program, or GIMP, in 1997, and since then he has become one of its leading
By Sven Neumann
1-56592-731-1, 102 pages, $9.95
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