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GIMP 2.10 Masterclass: From Beginner to Pro Photo Editing

GIMP 2.10 Complete Guide - Learn the Free Photo Editor GIMP. Go From a Beginner to Pro in Photo Editing & Graphic Design
Michael Davies
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How to Master GIMP 2.10
How to use all the tools in the GIMP toolbox.
The GIMP layout and its most important features
All 38 layer modes (blend modes) for creating image effects.
Important design and image editing concepts like Layers and Selection Areas
What's new in the latest versions of GIMP, including GIMP 2.10.28
Edit a photo professionally from start to finish.
Use proper methods, not shortcuts, for better and more professional results.
Import photos into GIMP.
Edit photos for print or web.
Make image adjustments using powerful built-in tools and filters.
Touch up photos to remove imperfections or background objects.
Enhance photos for a better finished product.
How to Master the Paths Tool
How to add a vignette around photos for a more dramatic effect.
The Dodge and Burn Tools for a "Vogue" look.
Crop or resize images with minimal quality loss, including cropping images into a circle shape.
Export your photos to file types supported by GIMP.
Create image compositions that combine graphic design, images, and filters.
Edit black and white photos using recommended tools and methods.
Edit low-light photos
Remove objects from photos and perform other photo manipulations
Repair old and damaged photographs

GIMP 2.10 Masterclass: From Beginner to Pro Photo Editing and Graphic Design





It’s finally time for you to master GIMP.

Do you just wish you knew all of the great things GIMP had to offer (especially as an alternative to or replacement for Photoshop)? Have you taken photos with your camera but don’t know how to edit them? Are you struggling to make your images look great or professional in GIMP? Are you curious as to what GIMP can offer as a graphic design program? Not sure which methods are best for getting professional results? 

This is the course for you! 

Join over 12,000 students and start mastering GIMP 2.10 today! This course has more in-depth GIMP 2.10 content than any other course on the platform, plus tons of projects, assignments and course resources to help you practice the skills learned in each lecture.

Get familiar with photo editing in GIMP 2.10 to improve your photos and master photo retouching with this BEST SELLING course, taught by a 10 year GIMP expert and photographer. No Photoshop required! 

In This Course, You’ll Learn: 

  1. Getting started with GIMP 

  2. The GIMP layout and other GIMP Basics

  3. A comprehensive overview of ALL GIMP tools in the Toolbox, including:

    • Selection Tools

    • Path Tool

    • Transform Tools

    • Paint Tools

    • Text Tool

    • Miscellaneous Tools

  4. Setting up the program interface for photo retouching

  5. Opening RAW images into GIMP

  6. Editing your photos to improve their color and quality

    • Color balancing

    • levels adjustment

    • Brightness & Contrast

    • Hue/Saturation

    • Hue/Chroma

    • Sharpening an image

    • Touching up an image 

    • Eye enhancement

    • Creating a “Vogue” look

  7. Designing a Photo Collage Using Multiple Images and Layer Masks

  8. All 38 layer modes found in GIMP for blending images

    • Includes explanations of each Layer Mode Type

  9. Scaling and cropping your images, including cropping images into a circle shape

  10. Enhancing your photos with lighting effects and filters

  11. Editing Black and White Photos

  12. Creating social media banners for Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn

    • Includes free templates for social media banners

  13. Exporting your images out of GIMP for use in print or web projects

  14. PLUS you’ll get access to over 10 hours of Bonus Photo Editing Tutorials, Graphic Design Tutorials, and Photo Manipulation Tutorials (including GIMP 2.10 tutorials) at the end of the course – commercial free – to help you further develop and acquire new GIMP skills! Tutorials cover a wide range of topics, including:

    • Top 5 Photo Enhancement Techniques

    • Fix Dark Portrait Lighting the RIGHT Way

    • Picture in Text with 3D Pop-out Effect

    • Rain Effect Photo Manipulation Tutorial

    • GEGL, Explained

    • 5 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do with GIMP

    • Acne Removal and Improving Skin Complexion

    • What’s new in every GIMP 2.10 release version, including: GIMP 2.10.2, GIMP 2.10.4, GIMP 2.10.6, GIMP 2.10.8, GIMP 2.10.10, GIMP 2.10.12, GIMP 2.10.14, GIMP 2.10.18, GIMP 2.10.20, GIMP 2.10.22, GIMP 2.10.24, and GIMP 2.10.28

    • How to Open RAW Images in GIMP 2.10 (using Darktable)

    • How to Fix Old and Severely Damaged Photos

    • How to Recolor Photos

    • How to Import Palettes

    • How to Create Pixel Art (For Game Design)

    • and more!

What Students Say About the Course

“I’m so glad I found this! I have been using GIMP for several years (a couple of decades actually) and have been looking for a comprehensive GIMP course like this forever. This course has finally given me exactly what I’ve been looking for. Michael’s course and teaching method are absolutely impressive!”

-Reg E. | *****

“Very thorough explanations of numerous GIMP features. As a long-time Photoshop user, I wanted to learn more about how to use GIMP effectively, and this course has been very good.”

-Jud D. | ***** 

“When I started this course I had some basic knowledge of GIMP. However I had many gaps and/or insecurities when applying my knowledge. So I wanted to become a better user. By the way you already noticed English is not my native language. But Michael’s English is easy to understand and with the the help of subtitles I understood most everything[…] After having concluded the course I can say: – I am really a better user – I learned a lot[.] This course is worth every penny. Highly recommended!”

-Hans-Peter L. | *****

“An Outstanding course on Gimp that will help any user develop a solid understanding of all the tools and how to apply them.”

-Arthur | *****

Whether you want to edit photos for clients, touch up your own portraits, or make your own graphic design compositions, this is the place to start! Join over 12,000 students!

By the end of this course, you will have a strong understanding of how to use the photo editing tools within GIMP. You will also develop a better eye for coloring and correcting your images. Overall, you’ll be able to more consistently enhance images for a better looking final product!

My goal for this course is to teach you the proper and professional way to edit your photos, plus how to create amazing graphic design projects or compositions. I don’t take shortcuts in my methods – I only recommend the best methods based on my 10 years of experience using GIMP and the recommendations that come straight from the creators of the GIMP photo editor. This comprehensive course will, in the end, allow you to focus on your artistic abilities when editing photos while also harnessing your newly-acquired technical knowledge of the GIMP program. Take the limitations and guesswork out of your photo editing and design process and create with confidence!

Take your time with the course – there is not time limit for completing it and you’ll get lifetime access once you enroll. Learn from one of the top GIMP-dedicated educators in the world – not someone who only teaches GIMP as a footnote to other programs like Photoshop.

If you don’t like the course, there is a 30 day money-back guarantee. However, I think you’ll really enjoy it!

Intro to the Course and GIMP

GIMP 2.10 Masterclass Introduction

Welcome to my GIMP 2.10 Masterclass! Go from a beginner to a pro GIMP user and photo editor with the tips and techniques I've provided throughout this course. We'll be covering some GIMP, design, and photo editing basics, as well as getting into some more intricate stuff (nothing you're not capable of doing, though). This course is beginner friendly, but also great for intermediate GIMP users looking to improve their photo editing skills. There's a lot to go over, so let's get started!

How to Get the Most Out of This Course

Read this article to learn how to get the most out of this course with a few useful tips to help you remember the information from lectures and apply what you are learning.

Where and How to Download GIMP

Learn where you can always download GIMP for free and how to download it on your computer.

How to Customize Your GIMP Theme + Improve Performance

In this lecture, I show you how to customize the user interface to your liking (I highly recommend having your user interface look like mine to make following remaining lectures much easier). I'll show you how to change the color and style of the user interface, as well as adjust the size and style of your icons. Plus, I walk you through how to improve the performance of GIMP on your computer.

How to Customize Your GIMP User Interface

GIMP 2.10 comes with a darker theme and "symbolic" icons by default, which can be a bit challenging to get used to. Luckily, it's easy to adjust your theme and icon theme to make the transition from GIMP 2.8 to GIMP 2.10 much easier! In this lecture, I'll show you how to customize your GIMP user interface.

GIMP Introduces Grouped Tools in GIMP 2.10.18

One of the more recent changes to GIMP includes the introduction of Grouped Tools by default in the GIMP toolbox. I'll cover this new GIMP toolbox layout as well as how to adjust the toolbox to make this course easier to follow in 2020 and beyond.

Create a New Document in GIMP

In this lecture, I show you how to create a new document in GIMP using the File>New menu feature.

Open Images Into GIMP - Part 1

In this lecture I show you how to open images in GIMP, and also provide an in-depth look at the "Open an Image" dialogue with all its features.

Open Images Into GIMP - Part 2

In this lecture, I show you how to open an image or images as layers, as well as alternative ways of opening an image or group of images into GIMP.

Introduction to the GIMP Layout | GIMP 2.10 Getting Started

In this lecture I provide an introduction to the GIMP layout, including all the major areas in the program you'll be getting familiar with for photo editing. This section is a brief overview of these main areas, with future lectures discussing each area of the layout in more detail throughout the course.

The "Title Bar" | GIMP Layout In-Depth Look

Learn about the Title Bar - the very first area you see at the very top of GIMP in the GIMP layout - including what all the information means that is displayed in this area and how you can customize what is displayed.

The Image Menu Bar (i.e. Main Menu) | GIMP 2.10 Layout In-Depth

In this lecture I provide an overview of all the menu items found in GIMP's main menu - known officially as the Image Menu or Image Menu Bar. I cover all the menu items from the "File" menu to the "Help" menu.

The Image Window | GIMP 2.10 Layout In-Depth Look

The GIMP image window is where you will be viewing and editing the photos you upload from your camera and bring into GIMP. You can also use this area to navigate your image, and perform some other cool functions. We dive into the Image Window section of the GIMP 2.10 layout for this lecture!

Introduction to the GIMP Toolbox | GIMP 2.10 Layout In-Depth Look

The toolbox is one of the most important areas within GIMP 2.10 - and I provide an introduction to this part of the GIMP layout. I will go over the tools in more detail in later lectures, but this is a great place to start if you are completely new to GIMP and need to learn your way around.

How to Assign Keyboard Shortcuts

In this lecture, I show you how to access commonly used image adjustment tools via keyboard shortcuts. By assigning shortcuts to your tools, you can drastically improve your workflow and get projects completed faster.

Add a New Keyboard Shortcut to Your GIMP
Intro Quiz

Test the concepts discussed in our Introduction section to ensure you're ready to move on to the Photo Editing Basics!

GIMP 2.10 Layers

Introduction to Layers | GIMP 2.10 Layers

In this lecture, I define layers as well as show you how to create your first layer in a composition in GIMP. This lecture is partially a review for those of you who watched the GIMP Layout lectures at the beginning of this course.

Layer Transparency | GIMP 2.10 Layers

In this lecture I cover the concept of Layer Transparency, including how to add an alpha channel to a layer and how alpha channels help you stack multiple images on top of one another.

Layer Stacking Order | GIMP 2.10 Layers

The next concept I'll cover for layers is the layer stacking order. I show you how to change the layer stacking order, and how transparency plays a roll in displaying contents on a layer.

Reveal the Hidden Shape
Layer and Canvas Sizes | GIMP 2.10 Layers

In this lecture I cover layer and canvas boundaries, including how to change the size of your layers and canvas. I also show you how to display pixels outside you canvas.

The Layers Panel | GIMP 2.10 Layers

Next up I take an in-depth look at all the features found inside the Layers panel.

Intro to Layers Quiz

Test your knowledge on the Intro to Layers content!

Adding Multiple Images as Layers in GIMP
Layer Mask Introduction | GIMP 2.10 Layers

Alas, it is time to cover the very important topic of Layer Masks! This lecture, which introduces you to the popular feature, shows you how to add a layer mask to your layers.

Layer Mask Effects | GIMP 2.10 Layers

Now that you have a basic understanding of layer masks, I'll show you how they can be used to create effects in your compositions - especially when using multiple layers.

Inverting Layer Mask Colors
Draw Gradients on Layer Masks | GIMP 2.10 Layers

The next step in developing your layer mask knowledge is understanding how gradient masks can be used on layer masks to create dynamic areas of transparency and opacity. I show you how to combine the Gradient tool with the layer mask concepts you've learned up to this point.

Layer Context Menu for Layer Masks | GIMP 2.10 Layers:

The Layer Context Menu contains many additional options for Layer Masks in GIMP. Understanding this menu can help give you more control over your layer masks, making them easy to edit, to temporarily show/hide, or to delete or edit your masks. Mast the Layer Context Menu for Layer Masks with this lecture.

Layer Mask Types | GIMP 2.10 Layers

In this lecture, I explain all 7 of the layer mask types found in the Add Layer Mask dialogue when creating new layer masks. You'll finally understand what all of those layer mask options are for!

Layer Groups | GIMP 2.10 Layers

In this lecture, I cover the concept of layer groups - including how to add layer masks to layer groups, and how to create nested layer groups.

The Quick Mask | GIMP 2.10 Advanced Layers:
Creating a New Composition and Layer | Create a New Layer Dialogue

In this lecture, I provide an introduction to creating a new layer in GIMP using the Create New Image and Create New Layer dialogues.

Composite Modes | Create a New Layer Dialogue

In this lecture, which is "Part 2" in my explanation of the Create New Layer dialogue, I go over the concept of Composite Modes. These modes include "Union," "Clip to Layer," "Clip to Backdrop," and "Intersection."

Create a New Layer Dialogue: Layer Opacity and Size

In this lecture, which is "Part 3" in my explanation of the Create New Layer dialogue, I explain the Opacity slider for making your new layer transparent or opaque, as well as the Size options for changing your layer width and height.

Create a New Layer Dialogue: Layer Offset, Fill With, and Switches

In this lecture, which is "Part 4" in my explanation of the Create New Layer Dialogue, I explain how to offset your new layer from the origin of your composition (the top left corner) using the Offset options.

Advanced Layers Quiz

GIMP Tools In-Depth: Move and Alignment Tools

Move Tool

Take an in-depth look at the first tool in GIMP's toolbox - and the tool you'll most commonly use when working in GIMP.

Alignment Tool

Learn how to align and distribute layers using GIMP's alignment tool!

Circles & Squares Challenge

GIMP 2.10 Selection Tools

Introduction to Selection Areas

Before diving into the various selection tools in GIMP, it's helpful to understand how selections work. I cover the basics of selection areas in this lecture.

Advanced Selection Areas

Take a deeper dive into selection areas with this advanced tutorial! I cover the more technical side of selection areas to help you better understand them.

Selection Areas Quiz
Rectangle Select Tool | GIMP 2.10 Selection Tools

In this lecture, I show you how to draw rectangles and squares in GIMP using the Rectangle Select Tool. I also cover the Tool Options for this tool - including some review material discussed in the previous "Advanced Selection Areas" lecture (though with some additional information).

Ellipse Select Tool | GIMP 2.10 Selection Tools

This lecture takes an in-depth look at the Ellipse Select tool found in GIMP. I also explain how key modifiers work with this and other selection tools.

Complete the Composition: Text Box
Free Select Tool | GIMP Selection Tools

Learn the ins and outs of the Free Select tool for freehand drawing selection areas. I cover the tool options for this tool, as well as shortcuts and key modifiers to enhance the tool's features and speed up your workflow.

Scissors Select Tool | GIMP Selection Tools

The Scissors Select tool allow you to "intelligently" select edge details, objects or subjects in an image. I show you how this tool works in GIMP!

Foreground Select Tool | GIMP Selection Tools

Learn how to use GIMP's most powerful smart selection tool, the Foreground Select Tool! This tool allows you to quickly circle and paint a foreground subject or object and use an algorithm to create an accurate selection around that subject. This tool is great for erasing backgrounds or singling out a subject to edit.

Fuzzy Select Tool | GIMP Selection Tools

Select "contiguous" regions of color in your images using the Fuzzy Select tool - which I cover in-depth, along with its various tool options, in this lecture. This is originally for my GIMP Masterclass and is ad- and self-promotion free.

Select by Color Tool | GIMP Selection Tools

This tool is similar to the Fuzzy Select tool with some minor differences. Learn about the Select by Color tool and its tool options!

Remove an Image Background with the Foreground Select Tool
Selection Tools Quiz

Test and reinforce your knowledge of GIMP's Selection Tools!

GIMP 2.10 Paths Tool

Introduction to the Paths Tool: Part 1

In this Paths Tool lecture, I cover the all-important Paths Tool in-depth for beginners. If you aren't super familiar with this tool, which is sometimes referred to as the Curves Tool or Pen Tool, you'll enjoy this deep dive geared to help you learn every aspect of the tool.

Introduction to the Paths Tool: Part 2

In this Part 2 of my premium Paths tool introduction, I cover various details about the Paths tab, the icons at the bottom of the dialogue, and how to work with multiple paths on your composition.

Introduction to the Paths Tool: Part 3

In this lecture I show you how to fill and stroke paths using both the Tool Options and Paths tab. You can use solid colors or patterns to paint along your paths, as well as solid or dashes lines. There are tons of design options with this Paths tool feature!

Advanced Paths Tool: Erase an Image Background

Time to get into some more advanced concepts for the Paths tool! In this lecture, I show you how to outline a subject in a photo using the Paths tool. You can then erase the background around your subject, or add styling to the photo by adding a stroke or editing the area outside the subject.

Paths Tool Quiz

Have you now mastered the Paths tool? Time to find out with this quiz!

GIMP 2.10 Crop Tool

GIMP Crop Tool In-Depth: Non-Destructive Cropping
GIMP Crop Tool In-Depth Part 2
GIMP Crop Tool In-Depth Part 3
Crop Tool Quiz
BONUS: Cropping an Image Into a Circle Shape

In this lecture, I go over how to crop your image into a circle shape using the ellipse select tool. I also show you how to align your image using the align tool.

GIMP 2.10 Transform Tools

Transform Tools Introduction Part 1: Transform Modes & Directions

Though there are many different Transform Tools found in GIMP, these tools have many features in common. To start off this section, I'll take a look at the Transform Modes and Directions found in the Tool Options for the Transform Tools in the first Transform Tool Group.

Transform Tools Introduction Part 2: Interpolation & Clipping

Though there are many different Transform Tools found in GIMP, these tools have many features in common. In this next lecture, I'll take a look at the Interpolation and Clipping found in the Tool Options for the Transform Tools in the first Transform Tool Group.

Transform Tools Introduction Part 3: Image Previews & Guides

Though there are many different Transform Tools found in GIMP, these tools have many features in common. In this next lecture, I'll take a look at the Image Preview and Guides options found in the Tool Options for the Transform Tools.

Rotate Tool In-Depth
Scale Tool Part 1: Introduction & Tool Options

In this first lecture of my 4 part series on the Scale tool, I introduce you to all the various features and functions of this tool and show you around the Tool Options.

Scale Tool Part 2: Practical Examples

In this lecture, I show you practical examples for using the scale tool while working in a multi-layer composition in GIMP.

Scale Tool Part 3: Changing Your Image's Aspect Ratio

In this lecture I provide a comparison between the Scale Tool and Crop Tool when it comes to changing the aspect ratio of your image.

Scale Tool Part 4: Scale Your Entire Composition

In the 4th and final installment of the Scale Tool lecture series, I show you how the Scale Tool can be used to scale your entire composition - or simply scale an image.

Professional Models of Colorado: Scale and Crop the Image
Shear Tool In-Depth

Learn the Shear Tool for transforming elements in GIMP by shifting the sides of the element in opposite directions. Learn how to use this tool, plus decode its Tool Options and settings.

Flip Tool In-Depth

In this lecture, I take an in-depth look at the Flip Tool from GIMP's Transform Tools.

Perspective Tool In-Depth

In this lecture, I take an in-depth look at GIMP's Perspective transform tool. This tool allows you to place 2D items along a 3D plane.

3D Transform Tool In-Depth

Take an in-depth look at the popular and powerful 3D Transform Tool for creating 3-dimensional transformations with objects and text!

Handle Transform Tool In-Depth

In this lecture I take an in-depth look at the VERY unique Handle Transform tool. This tool allows you to place up to 4 handles on your image or layer, and perform various transformations depending on how many handles are active.

Unified Transform Tool In-Depth

In this lecture I discuss the versatile Unified Transform Tool, which contains multiple GIMP transform tools in a single tool.

GIMP 2.10 Transform Tools - Cage Transform Tool

The Cage Transform Tool can be a powerful tool for those who properly know how to use it. This tool allows you to separate an area of an image with line segments and nodes, which will then transform those areas of the image as you move the nodes to new locations. This is a great way to make transformations to objects or people within the image.

GIMP 2.10 Transform Tools - Warp Transform Tool

This lecture covers another powerful tool that was introduced with GIMP 2.10. That is the Warp Transform tool, which allows you to warp pixels of your image in a variety of ways (i.e. enlarge, shift, shrink, etc.). This tool is definitely worth experimenting with!

Transform Tools Quiz

Reinforce concepts you learned in the Transform Tools section with this Section Quiz!

BONUS: Transforming Multiple Layers with GIMP's Transform Lock Feature

Learn how to transform multiple layers simultaneously using GIMP's "Transform Lock" feature in this tutorial!

GIMP 2.10 Text Tool

GIMP 2.10: Introduction to the Text Tool

In this lecture, I provide a brief introduction to the Text Tool, which I will cover in more depth in future lectures. This is a great starting point for beginners who want to get acquainted with this commonly used GIMP 2.10 tool.

GIMP 2.10 Advanced Text Tool: The Text Box (Dynamic vs. Fixed)

This lecture provides an introduction to the text box, as well as the two different styles of text box (dynamic vs. fixed) where you will be typing and editing your text.

GIMP 2.10 Advanced Text Tool: Text Layers

Text layers are an important concept when it comes to creating text as they differentiate from regular layers in GIMP. In this lecture, I help you understand what makes text layers different and how not to get confused when trying edit or work with them.

GIMP 2.10 Advanced Text Tool: Customizing Text With the Tool Options

There are a wide variety of things you can do to edit your text using the Tool Options, and I go through each of those things in this lecture line by line. It's time you finally knew what all of those fancy settings were for!

GIMP 2.10 Advanced Text Tool: Customizing Text With the Text Tool Box

The text tool box is similar to the Tool Options, though there are some slight differences between the two that are good to know (to save you hours of frustration). I cover editing your text using the floating tool box in this lecture.

GIMP 2.10 Advanced Text Tool: Text Context Menu

Right clicking on your text box brings up the Text Context Menu, which opens up a whole new world of possible text settings and effects. I explain each of the menu options in this lecture and demonstrate what they do to your text.

GIMP 2.10 Advanced Text Tool: Adding Effects & Other Important Features

There are plenty of cool effects you can add to your text - including the very useful drop shadow. I show you how to add effects to your text in this lecture, while also covering any other features I have found to be important to know about the text tool that weren't already covered in this section.

Text Tool Quiz

Test your knowledge of the GIMP text tool with this quiz before moving on to the next section!

GIMP 2.10 Paint Tools

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