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2010 Review - 11 Best tutorials for learning Gimp



This list is not necessarily the best Gimp tutorials per se, but this is a list that will help someone become an expert using the Gimp.  If you are a beginner just starting to use the Gimp, completing these tutorials will help you understand a great variety of the tools that the Gimp has to offer.



#1 - Cool Typography Design Poster

Why this is awesome:
The end result is a great looking design that could be compared to something done in Photoshop.  It is a pretty simple concept but implemented very well and has a great final result.


What you should pay attention to:
Notice the use of brushes to get the different effects.  It can be a huge benefit to have a large arsenal of brushes.

#2 - Creating a Diorama Effect


Why this is awesome:
This a a great tutorial for doing some tilt shift photography.  This tutorial has nice implementation for using different selection tools.


What you should pay attention to:
Everything.  The steps in this tutorial are pretty basic, but the idea is really impressive!


#3 - Create a Holiday e-Card


Why this is awesome:
The tree in this looks pretty cool, but the way the tree was made is even better!

What you should pay attention to:
Step 6 is the creation of the tree.  It uses the "Stroke Path" tool.  This is a great tool to know about and implement if you want to become a Gimp expert.

#4 - Creating Fireball and Explosion effect


Why this is awesome:
This is a tutorial that starts with one photo and ends up with another that is vastly different.  There are many different steps and techniques utilized in this tutorial that will help you with your drawing and color editing.

What you should pay attention to:
Steps 5 and 6 shows how different layer modes can be useful.  Step 15 shows how to add texture.  The entire tutorial has extensive use of layers and illustrates the power of having multiple, organized layers.

#5 - Sun Rise Header Graphic


Why this is awesome:
Usually I would suggest that drawing an image like this is better to do using Inkscape.  It is good to know though that it can be done in the Gimp as well.

What you should pay attention to:
The grass in steps 8 and 9 use Photoshop brushes.  Many brushes and  scripts from Photoshop can be used in the Gimp.  It is good to utilize the popularity of Photoshop to help you when using the Gimp.

#6 - Perspective Clone Tool


Why this is awesome:
This is a very simple tutorial, but uses a wonderful Gimp tool.

What you should pay attention to:
Everything in this tutorial is something you should know well if you want to master the Gimp.

#7 - Abstract Glass Art


Why this is awesome:
The glass looks great!  Nice abstract image.

What you should pay attention to:
This tutorial has will help you to improve your skills with gradients and blur.

#8 - Abstract Wave Effect


Why this is awesome:
Similar to the previous tutorial, the end result is a nice abstract image.

What you should pay attention to:
This tutorial deals with Noise, motion blur, and whirl and pinch among other things.

#9 - Transparent Glass Lettering


Why this is awesome:
This shows how to do some different text effects.

What you should pay attention to:
Step 2 shows how to create path from text.  Paths is a powerful tool in Gimp that perhaps is not utilized as much as it should be.

#10 - How to install Gimp brushes


Why this is awesome:
This is a very basic and simple tutorial, but it is something everyone who wants to learn Gimp should know how to do.

What you should pay attention to:
Instructions are for Windows and Ubuntu.

#11 - Split-toning in GIMP


Why this is awesome:
Simple concept that can be used for other things.

What you should pay attention to:
This tutorial shows the use of layer modes and desaturation.






Most of these tutorials are pretty basic, but should help you get going with learning the Gimp.  If you feel like I left something out, please feel free to leave a comment with a link to a tutorial you think should be included.

You can also browse through some tutorials I have done for the Gimp.  If you are feeling like you would like to expand your skill a bit, take a look at my list for learning Inkscape, or some tutorials I have done for that program.

About McKay Christensen

After having lived in Oregon, Alaska, and China for the past 10 years doing landscape design and English teaching, I have returned to my home state of Utah and currently work for a growing tech company.

In my free time I enjoy working on my TutorialGeek.net website where I post tutorials and reviews (and anything else I think is geeky) and I also like to write songs for my Super English Kid Youtube channel.

My favorite things to do include anything with my wife and son. Hiking, camping, and photography (or anything else outdoors). Playing Ultimate Frisbee or Ping Pong. Listening to 60s, 70s, or 80s, music. 

Feel free to contact me using my contact page. I would love to hear from any of you!

4 comments:

  1. Thanks for including one of my tutorials (#6) in this collection.

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  2. No problem! I love the perspective clone tool. Glad someone did a tutorial on it!

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  3. Please correct the first link (#1 - Cool Typography Design Poster), link is not correct.

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  4. Changed the link. Thanks for catching that!

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