GIMP Tutorials for Beginners

Beginner   /   20 Hours   /   7,558 Students   /   156 Reviews

GIMP Tutorials for Beginners was created for, well, beginners! Learn how to edit photos like a pro, re-touch (remove blemishes, people and more), learn all of the photo editing tools and more.

Learn GIMP by doing!  Projects included to help you refine your new GIMP skills.  Once completed, you’ll have the confidence to apply your new skills to your own photos.

Plus, a GIMP Essentials Guide is included to use as you work through the tutorials.  Print it out and use it to take notes. 

The guide also includes a summary of the tutorial covered.  And a description for your project!  Perfect for using when off-line.

  • 20 hours of pro tutorials
  • 1080HD on-demand video
  • Images to practice what you learn
  • Covers GIMP 2.10+
  • Learn the basics of all tools and features
  • Work on advanced projects to enhance your GIMP skills
  • GIMP Essentials Guide (90+ page PDF)- Use for taking notes, includes additional tips/techniques and use when off-line
  • Learn how to retouch your images in GIMP
  • Learn how to edit like a pro
  • 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.

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GIMP Tutorials 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.

Quick start guide for GIMP

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.

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

If you have a Photoshop background you may be used to using Adjustment layers. They’re a powerful tool for editing non-destructively.

Unfortantely, they are not a tool 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).

Found out how by doing actual editing projects to master this technique!



Learn how color affects your ability to edit in GIMP and much more

Understanding AND seeing color is essential in achieving your creative vision. You’ll learn 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.



Learn how to use GIMP’s color tools for editing your photos

Over 30 lectures covering all of GIMP’s color tools for basic and creative edits! Not only will you learn about each tool, in detail, I’ll provide pro tips as well. Plus, you’ll use the included photos to practice what you learn!

Learn how to use 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 use the blur and sharpen tool, and how to use the dodge and burn tools for custom edits.

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



Learn how to edit RAW files in GIMP

This section covers the basics of RAW editing, RAW vs. JPG, how to edit RAW files in GIMP and why it’s actually not possible, and more.

Learn how to edit RAW files with Darktable

As you learned in the last section, you can not edit RAW files in GIMP directly. Instead, we need to use a third-party application. No worries. Darktable, like GIMP, is free! Although Darktable isn’t the only available RAW file editor it is one of the more popular options.

You’ll learn how to install Darktable and how to use it to edit your RAW images.

Once you’re done editing your RAW files, in Darktable, you’ll learn how easy it is to open that new edit in GIMP! This way, you can continue editing your image, as needed, with any of the GIMP tools.



Learn how to use RawTherapee

RawTherapee is another free RAW file processor (like Darktable). You’ll learn how to install and use RawTherapee for processing your RAW files.

Once you’re completed with this section you’ll have all the information you need to decide on which application is best for your needs.



Learn how to use Blending Modes for creative effects

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

You’ll learn 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 (based on your creative vision).

Learn how to use GIMP’s transform tools for additional editing options

In this section, you’ll learn how to crop, rotate, and warp your images… and much more!

Cropping and rotating are two essential edits all photographers will use. Learn how to quickly and easily straighten your photos, and how to properly crop as well.



Learn how to use the selection tools in GIMP for more advanced types of editing

There are a ton of options for making selections. You’ll learn how to use all of them… in detail. In fact, once you’re done with the included projects you’ll be a master of the section tools in GIMP.

Learn how to use the paths tool for making selections

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



Learn how to use the text tool for, well, adding text to your images in GIMP

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

What's included with this GIMP Pro tutorial?

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

You’ll find file resources to use along with the class… to practice what you learn.  Plus, a GIMP Essentials Guide to, well, guide you through the class.  Use the guide for taking notes and use for offline reference.

Do I need any GIMP experience?

Short answer; No.

This GIMP class was designed for beginners!

However, we do have some Pro tutorials that are for advanced users too.

Click here to check out the “Overview” summary and you’ll find a recommendation for this pro tutorial: Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced.

Is this 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 Lightroom skills.

Can Pro subscribers download this tutorial?

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 tutorial was recorded in 2.10+.  However, most tutorials can be used with 2.8.  Anything older is not recommended.

Can I keep any free resources available for download wih this course?

Yes! All Pro tutorial 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

If I have questions about this GIMP 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 class better than the YouTube tutorials I’ve tried?

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.

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).