Photoshop isn’t easy to learn, and neither is GIMP, its open-source, free image-editing competitor. With a native Mac version now available, The Artist’s Guide to Gimp, by Michael J Hammel, should find a broad audience.
This is the first full-color, tutorial-based guide to GIMP, and it succeeds admirably. After a crash course on GIMP’s tools and interface, its tutorials show you exactly how to fix or enhance images, create website graphics, text effects, and the other techniques designers commonly need.
If you’re curious about using GIMP professionally, this is your best resource. 285 pages, $39.95 from No Starch Press.
Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.