Free GIMP Tutorial for Beginners

This free GIMP crash course for beginners was created for, well, beginners! Everything you need to know to get started with GIMP.

    • How to install GIMP for Mac, PC or Linux
    • How to open and save files
    • How to re-size and save for social media
    • How to make your images “pop”
    • Learn how to retouch your images in GIMP
    • Learn how to edit like a pro
    • Images to practice what you learn
    • and much more
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GIMP: the Photoshop Alternative!

Looking for a free alternative to Photoshop? Look no further. GIMP is all you need.

Popular among photographers and graphic designers. Oh, and learn how to use GIMP for free.

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Free GIMP Crash Course for Beginners

How to install GIMP

First, we’ll start off by learning how to install GIMP for your operating system: Linux, Windows or Mac.

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Next, you’ll learn the 3 things all GIMP beginners want to know:

  • How to make your images “POP”
  • How to retouch your images in GIMP
  • How to save/export images for social media

How to work with files in GIMP

Now that you’ve learned how to edit, retouch and more, let’s now learn how to work with files in GIMP.  What do you say?

This section will include…

  • how to create a new document
  • how to configure the GIMP interface
  • how to open files in GIMP
  • how to navigate around your images
  • how to save your GIMP files for web and print

Learn what GIMP layers are and how to use them

GIMP layers are an essential tool all digital artists must master. Layers help make your creative vision come true.

You’ll learn everything you need to know about GIMP layers, like; the 4 types of GIMP layers, layer masks, layer attributes, layer boundaries and more.


One, GIMP is an awesome alternative to Photoshop!

Two, if you’re tired of paying a monthly fee for Photoshop you may want to consider GIMP.  GIMP is free!

What about features vs. Photoshop? Well, Photoshop will (probably) always have more features than GIMP. However, GIMP does have a lot of the same features as Photoshop. Most of which will be sufficient for most artists.

Here are just a few tools, in GIMP, that you also have in Photoshop:

  • Levels tool – for post-production
  • Curves tool – for color-correcting, contrast, and more
  • Heal tool – for retouching
  • Layers + layer masks – for complete control over your artwork
  • and many more


This free GIMP course is perfect for those that are looking for an alternative to Photoshop.

Discover what you can do with GIMP, in this class, and you may never go back to Photoshop!


This free GIMP tutorial includes everything you need to know to get started with GIMP.  In fact, this class is designed for beginners.

Includes the same photos used in the class.  This way, you can apply what you learn as you follow along. 

Then, you’ll be able to transfer that knowledge for editing your own images!

Short answer; No. This GIMP class was designed for beginners! However, we do have some GIMP Pro tutorials that are for advanced users too.

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

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.

Instructions are provided for downloading the most recent version of GIMP. 

Plus, instructions for installing GIMP is included for 3 different operating systems; Linux, PC & Mac.

Yes! All resources are yours for life.

However, any images provided are for training purposes only and can not be used in your portfolio (or be re-sold).  All images are copyrighted by Parker Photographic.

I provide my 30 years of experience as a photographer 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.

You can join our private Facebook group to ask questions.  

Plus, you’ll have access to our online community where you can ask questions and network with like-minded artists.

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  • 1+ Hours of pro content
  • Online Community
  • Lifetime access
  • Private Facebook community
  • Ongoing support
  • Pro tips & tricks for best results
  • No credit card required