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37 GIMP Graphic Design Projects

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GIMP Graphic Design Projects

Are you interested in becoming a graphic designer? If so, the one thing you need to get started is a portfolio!

Not sure where to start? No problem. This GIMP graphic design course includes 37 design projects! Once completed you’ll have a portfolio to show off your design skills

Ready to start your graphic design career? If so, this GIMP graphic design course will help you jump-start your design career.

  • Learn the essential GIMP skills all graphic designers need for a successful career.
  • Recorded in 1080HD 
  • You will learn how edit photos like a pro
  • Learn how to create shapes for banners, logos, and more
  • You will learn how to warp, distort and re-size shapes, text and more all in GIMP
  • You will learn how to add color accents, quickly and easily remove white backgrounds, how to add textures and change colors with blending modes
  • You will learn how to use Layer styles (in GIMP – I’ll show you how) to customize and create unique designs
  • Learn how to transform and distort for even more creative control
  • Learn how to use GIMP filters to help you acheive your creative vision
  • Learn how to use the selection tools for precise edits
  • You will learn how to properly align layers for precise, clean, professional design layouts
  • Learn how to create some of the most popular visual effects, in GIMP
  • Once you complete this class you’ll have 30+ different graphic design projects for your portfolio
  • and much more

Course Content

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This class includes an exclusive, 90+ page, GIMP design essentials guide. Includes additional design tips, a place to take notes, project assignment info and more. Images below are previews of this guide.

New to GIMP? No worries. We’ll tackle the basics to get you started!

37 GIMP Graphic Design Projects

Ready to learn GIMP and graphic design by doing actual real-world design projects?

Check this out after completing the 30+ design projects you’ll have a design portfolio you can use to jump-start your graphic design career. 

Oh, and I’ll share my pro design tips for starting your graphic design freelance business by creating your logo, business card and getting your 30+ designs on a free online portfolio site…

…to share and network your skills as a graphic designer!! 

New to GIMP?

No worries, you’ll start off learning the essentials of GMP:

  • Layers
  • Layer Masks
  • and more

Layers are essential for being a creative graphic designer…. and you’ll use layers continuously throughout the class.

Once you complete all 30+ design projects you will have mastered layers!

Also, for GIMP beginners, you’ll learn how to set your resolution for web and print, the difference between RGB and CMYK, how to create custom-sized documents,  and more.  All things graphic designers should know!

Here is the full list of EVERY design project in this pro tutorial…

Learn how to edit and retouch photos for better designs.

GIMP Graphic Design Projects 1 – 9

How to properly edit your photos like a pro.  Your first 9 projects will consist of learning new skills for editing images.

These are essentials skills for increasing your income and improving your clients’ designs.

Learn how to create baisc & custom shapes in GIMP!

GIMP Graphic Design Projects 10-11

Next, the fun begins!  That is, if you weren’t having fun already.  🙂   Shapes.  Basic shapes & creative shapes. 

Shapes are essential for containing text, using as photo frames, balancing designs, leading readers and much more. 

You’ll learn how to create shapes and more for balanced designs.

Text is an essential element for the majority of designs.  Learn how to add, bend and edit text.

GIMP Graphic Design Projects 12-13

Let’s add some context to your graphic design layouts!  Text. 

Learn how to add text and use it in GIMP. 

Learn how to use GIMPs alignment tool. Which will help create symmetry and better, cleaner designs.

GIMP Graphic Design Project 14

For professional graphic design work, you must know how to properly align your layers!

If not, your designs will look sloppy.  We can’t have any of that!

So… you’ll learn how to use the alignment tool, in GIMP, to precisely align your content.

Take your creativity to a whole new level with GIMPs blending modes.

GIMP Graphic Design Projects 15-16

Take your GIMP & graphic design skills to the next level by applying Blending Modes for creative results. 

Learn how to add color accents, change colors and more!

Layer styles in GIMP?  Yes, you can!  I’ll show you how.

GIMP Graphic Design Project 17

It’s now time to spice up your text and shapes with Layer Styles… drop shadows and strokes!

the GIMP gradient tool.  More than just adding shades of color.  Get creative.

GIMP Graphic Design Project 18

Learn how to use the Gradient tool for creative effects. 

Combining some previous knowledge with this new tool you’ll end up with a new (creative) design for your portfolio.

Sometimes, your client will want to swap images. Learn how.

GIMP Graphic Design Projects 19

Transform & Distort.  2 new skills all graphic design (ers) should know!  Learn how to replace images on existing product photos and more.

Filters. Another, often-over-looked, tool for enhancing your designs.

GIMP Graphic Design Projects 20-23

Time to up your creativity and skills with GIMP Filters. 

Filters are a great way to help you achieve your creative vision

Create graphic design projects that will help your portfolio stand out from the overcrowded graphic design community. 

You’ll learn how to create an old-school, retro ad with a ’60’s vibe, how to create natural-looking lens flare, how to create a soft-elegant glow, and much more.

Use selection tools to, well, select and retouch photos… for better designs.

GIMP Graphic Design Projects 24-27

Selection tools, in GIMP, can help make your job easier by separating foregrounds and backgrounds, removing unwanted objects/subjects, and even being creative, and much more. 

You’ll learn my 2 favorite selection tools and how to use them to perfect your designs.

Learn additional creative techniques for unique designs.

GIMP Graphic Design Projects 28-31

Learn how to create some of the most popular visual effects in GIMP. 

Then, take that knowledge to create your own graphic design project for your portfolio.

GIMP brushes.  And, more unique design tips.

GIMP Graphic Design Projects 32-33

You’ll learn how to install custom brushes in GIMP, created by other artists, to use in your own artwork. 

Then, you’ll work on 2 new creative graphic design projects with these brushes. 

First, you’ll take an ordinary photo and transform it into a watercolor painting… it’s easier than it sounds. 

Then, you’ll create a retro vintage auto ad with the brushes and with a lot of the tools learned so far!

Create your very own product boxes.

GIMP Graphic Design Project 34

This is my favorite project!  Just when you thought there was nothing more to learn in Photoshop you’ll be blown away with the tips and techniques in this project. 

This is by far the most advanced graphic design project and once completed you’ll have a masterpiece for your portfolio!

Pro tips on creating your own logo!

GIMP Graphic Design Projects 35-36

Now it’s time to take all the knowledge you’ve gained and put your new-found GIMP skills to work. 

Oh, and it’s time to start promoting yourself as a graphic designer too! 

How? By creating YOUR logo and business card.  

Start promoting your new skills with a free online portfolio.

GIMP Graphic Design Project 37

Congratulations on making it this far!  Let’s start sharing your creative genius with the world.

How?  By creating a free online portfolio! 

You can’t expect to work as a graphic designer if you don’t have a portfolio to show potential clients. 

Let’s take all the projects you’ve done and put them online… I’ll share with you where and how… for free.

Are You Ready to…

…build your graphic design portfolio and launch your graphic design career?  If so, let’s do it!  Get started by joining today and I’ll see you on the inside!

Oh, and one more thing!!

Included in this class, you’ll find a 90+ page resource guide to use along with the class.

It includes additional info and tips on the tools you’re going to learn.

Plus, information on completing the projects (for your portfolio).

Oh, and you can print out this guide to use along with the class, take notes with it and use it as a reference when offline.

What's included with these GIMP graphic design tutorials?

These GIMP graphic design tutorials will teach you how to use GIMP for graphic design.

Plus, after you complete the 40+ projects you’ll have a portfolio to jump-start your graphic design career!

I’m a beginner, will this GIMP graphic design course work for me?


However, some knowledge of GIMP is recommended.

Either way, you’ll learn the basics of GMP and advanced techniques all graphic designers should know.

Is this GIMP design course included in the Pro subscription?

Yes!  This is one of many Pro tutorials available to subscribers.  Click here to find out more and get started learning new GIMP skills.

Can Pro subscribers download these GIMP design tutorials?

All Pro tutorials are only available online.  We do not offer the ability to download tuts.

What's the difference between Pro & Free Tutorials?

Our free tutorials focus on a single skill or technique.

Our Pro tutorials cover additional techniques, more detail and depth about the subject. Plus, Pro subscribers receive premium support to questions and more. Oh, and the Pro tutorials also include additional resources vs. free tutorials.

What version of GIMP is Required?

This Pro GIMP design course was created with GIMP 2.10.  

I recommend this version at the minimum.  Not all features are available in version 2.8 or older.

Can I keep any free resources available for download with this GIMP design course?

Yes! All Pro tutorial resources are yours for life. However, all images provided are for training purposes only.

You cannot share, sell or use any images for your portfolio.  All images are copyrighted by Parker Photographic.

If I have questions about this GIMP graphic design class where can I ask them?

You can join our private Facebook group to ask questions.  Or if you’re not a fan of FB click here to submit a question.

Why is this GIMP graphic design class better than the YouTube tutorials I’ve tried?

I provide my 30 years of experience as a photographer and user of GIMP to help you achieve your creative vision.

As a pro subscriber, not only do you get every pro class, but you also get me as your mentor.

Join me in our private Facebook group and/or shoot me an email if you have any questions.

Free Previews

Take a sneak peek from this Parker Photographic Pro class.

Click here for a complete list of all the lessons included (click on the “class content” tab).