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GIMP Photo Editing

Do you want a professional application to edit & retouch your photos? And do you want it for free?

GIMP is the perfect solution for you. GIMP is a free application for Windows, Mac or Linux users with most of the capabilities you would find in Adobe Photoshop, Affinity Photo and other expensive photo editing applications.

This course will help any photographer become confident using GIMP to edit your photos.

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What will you learn in this GIMP course?

  • Make your photos look amazing
  • Learn all the essential photo editing tools in GIMP
  • Retouch portraits in GIMP
  • Crop, rotate and resize photos in GIMP
  • Learn the difference between layers in GIMP vs Photoshop
  • Edit RAW photos with GIMP using the free Darktable app
  • Make selections, and edit just parts of your photos
  • Adjust the color & tone of your photos in GIMP
  • Fix the exposure in your photos
  • Export your photos for online sharing, print, or any other purpose
  • How to create out-of-this-world photo composites (photo manipulation)

Saara Ord

Excellent course! Chris Parker is a fabulous tutor, knows what he’s talking about and explains everything in a way that engages beginners and helps them to utilize GIMP’s full potential.

How to install GIMP on any operating system...

First, you’ll start off by learning how to install GIMP for your operating system: Linux, Windows or Mac.  It’s easy… I’ll show you how. 

Quick start guide for photo editing in GIMP

Next you’ll discover and master three essential skills all GIMP users should know:

How to create and work with files in GIMP

Next you’ll discover how to work with files in GIMP. This section has a video on each the following…

Learn what GIMP layers are and how to use them for exceptional artwork

Layers are an essential tool all digital artists must master. Layers help make your creative vision come true.  In essence, layers are the foundation for all your editing and retouching needs!

Discover everything you need to know about GIMP layers… I’ll show you the 4 types of GIMP layers, layer masks, layer attributes, layer boundaries and more… all of the basics in one comprehensive video.  

Learn what “Adjustment” layers are and how to add them in GIMP

If you have a Photoshop background you’re probably familiar with Adjustment layers. They’re a powerful tool for non-destructive edits.  Wouldn’t you agree?

Unfortunately, they are not a layer type available in GIMP. Fear not!  I’ve developed a workaround for using a non-destructive editing technique that provides the same power as Adjustment layers.

Find out how by doing actual post-processing projects to master this technique!  

Then, you can share your retouching skills in our private Facebook group for feedback.

How color affects your ability for accurate edits in GIMP

Understanding AND seeing color is essential in achieving your creative vision.  Discover how to see the color of light, how and why you should capture it in-camera, how to manage color for more accurate edits, how to calibrate your monitor and much more.

How to use GIMP’s color options for editing your photos

Over 30 lectures covering all of GIMP’s color options for basic and creative edits!  Not only will you learn about each tool, in detail, I’ll provide pro tips as well.  The best way to learn is by doing…  so, I’ve included the same photos used in the videos!  

This way you can download and practice what you learn!

How to utilize the paint tools in GIMP to retouch your photos, like a pro

We’ll cover the core retouching tools in GIMP for removing blemishes, large objects like boats and people, how to apply the blur and sharpen tool, and how to apply the dodge and burn brushes for custom edits.  

Once you’re done with this section you’ll know how to precisely retouch and edit your images in GIMP.

How to apply Blending Modes for an awesome creative look

There are 7 types of blending modes that will provide you with a variety options to create artistic alternatives to basic edits.  Each type has numerous modes available to help you achieve your creative vision.

Discover the distinct differences between each of the 7 types of blending modes and how they affect your images.  Detailed information is provided so you know what to expect when applying and when to apply… perfect for beginners.

How to apply GIMP’s transform option for additional editing improvements

In this section, explore how to crop, rotate, and warp your images… and much more!  Cropping and rotating are two essential edits all photographers should know how to do.  Plus, discover how to quickly and easily straighten your photos, and how to properly crop as well.

How to work with the selection options in GIMP for more advanced types of editing

Making selections is essential for advanced retouching.  But, there are a ton of tools for making selections.  No worries…  you’ll learn how to work with all of them… in precise detail.   Once you’re done with the included projects you’ll be a master selector and will have the power to create whatever you imagine!

How to apply the paths tool for making selections

The paths tool is an old and trusted tool for making selections.  Learn how to use the path tool for making selections and more.

How to employ the text tool for, well, adding text to your images in GIMP

First, we’ll explore the basics of text.  Then, I’ll share some pro tips for maximizing the application of GIMP’s text tool.  This section is perfect for photographers that want to create a flyer, composite and more.

James Guy Dotson

This was my first course by Chris. Love his delivery of the lessons. This has helped me make my photos pop so much more.

I plan on watching this course, along with three others I completed, over and over. It is a fun program and Chris is wonderful tour guide to understanding GIMP. This course was worth every cent!

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GIMP Photo Editing

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Includes everything beginners want to know how to do.  Including but not limited to; installing the GIMP program, creating new documents, working with photos, retouching, selecting, and much more.  All of these videos are included via our site for your convenience.

Absolutely not!  These tutorials were created with beginners in mind.  Virtual classrooms are included too!  It’s a place for students to ask questions, share your editing skills, and network with other artists.  Start getting the desired results you want now!

If you’re still unsure, check out my free tutorial for GIMP beginners to learn more about photo editing and my teaching style.

Yes!  All these tutorials, for beginners, listed on this page are included.  In addition to all GIMP tutorials listed on this website.  Plus, you’ll receive any new GIMP classes released as long as you’re a pro subscriber. Click here to sign-up and watch today!

The tutorials, for beginners, were recorded in 2.8.  So, you’ll at least need 2.8 or newer. 

If you sign up as a Pro member you’ll have access as long as you’re a subscriber.  Or if you purchase a la carte you’ll have lifetime access.

You can join our private Facebook group to ask questions.  

Plus, you’ll have access to our online community where you can ask questions, search for related questions, post your photo (s), and network with like-minded artists. perfect for beginners.  Start getting the answers you crave by signing up today!

Great question!  These tutorials for beginners have been recorded via Windows 10.  Although I work an iMac I’ve found most users of GIMP install on and use Windows.  However, you’ll still be able to follow along if you’re using a MAC or Linux.

The interface, tools, and features are exactly the same regardless of operating system!  The only difference is the installation of the GIMP program itself.  The first tutorials covers how to install for MAC, PC, and Linux.  After that, you’ll be able to follow along with any of the three operating systems.