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GIMP is image editing software for Apple Mac, Windows PC and Linux computers that is free to download. For hobby and low-budget users, this free app has been a good alternative to Photoshop and similar professional tools for image and photo editing for years - or better: decades. In this post I have put together a safe source for the GIMP download as well as sources of supply for instructions and GIMP books in German. Because a good manual is the best way to learn how to get started with new software! The following information about GIMP for Mac can be used almost 1: 1 for the Windows PC;)
As with so many other apps that are not available in the Mac App Store, I never tire of repeating one thing with GIMP: Only download the app directly from the developer and not from software portals such as Chip, heise, ComputerBild, Softonic and like that down. Why not, I have summarized that for you here: Why you shouldn't download software from download portals. You can find the secure GIMP download for Mac and PC on the official website of the development team - at gimp.org. You can go straight to the download page with this link. There you get the program without unnecessary installers and intrusive additional software.
There are numerous instructions, tutorials and help articles on the Internet for the current versions GIMP 2.8 and GIMP 2.10. Whether it's own website for ambitious users of the software, forum for several users, GIMP wiki or YouTube instructions in picture and sound - there is something for everyone; and even in German. The site is very extensive and professional in my research gimp- Handbuch.de noticed. Various tutorials for GIMP tools in version 2.10.x are shown directly on the start page, super sorted and clearly explained in the respective posts. Check it out. If you are in the mood for other GIMP guides and tutorial material of various kinds, here is a selection:
As I did with you Affinity Photo Workbook by Serif have shown, it can be immersed in a program with a printed manual. If the author or authors also describe projects that can be recreated thanks to downloadable material, so much the better! Such instructions are also available in book form for the GIMP on the Mac and for the GIMP on the PC. One of them is so current that it won't be officially out for a week;)
This manual is simply called “GIMP 2.10: The practical introduction” and has been published by Rheinwerk Verlag. On 381 pages, the author uses 14 chapters to explain the basics, the work surface and the simple use of the tools, as well as the clipping of image content, the correction of tonal values, retouching and montage and many other application examples. According to the cover, these printed GIMP instructions are suitable for both the macOS and Windows versions of the program. On the Amazon page for the book you can take a look at the factory and read the customer reviews.
The comprehensive GIMP manual with the full title "GIMP 2.10 - Introduction and Practice: For Beginners and Advanced Users - Easy, Clear, Visual" has been published by Markt + Technik Verlag and has 352 pages. A total of 12 chapters introduce you to the free open source software for image processing and design, show you how to work with graphic files, go into presettings for a better workflow and deal not only with fast, but also complex procedures in the program. The only disadvantage: this is mainly about using it under Windows. You can take a look at the book and the customer reviews on the Amazon product page toss.
The full title of the book, which will be published by Rheinwerk Verlag on February 22, 2019, is “GIMP 2.10: The Comprehensive Manual | GIMP from A to Z on almost 1.000 pages ”. According to the description, the manual for the free open source software for image editing should comprise 923 pages and not only pick up users of macOS and Windows, but also cover the software version for Linux. You can already use the Products page from mail order company view multiple double pages from the book. There is no excerpt that does not contain at least one screenshot with corresponding explanations. With this book, you will be fully informed in order to use the app, its functions and the resulting possibilities comprehensively.
Looking for manuals for GIMP 2.8? - Here you can find the 2013 article on the topic!
A GIMP crash course, an extensive GIMP tutorial and instructions for using certain tools in the free graphics program can be found in video form on YouTube. Not only English videos await you there, but also some in German. If you search for "GIMP Tutorial German" you will already find numerous videos - including the current version GIMP 2.10. If you use other search terms to specify your request for individual tools, menus or settings, you will see even more videos that deal with those very topics. Below are three general videos that can help you get started with the GIMP app.
From my own experience, I can tell you that neither manuals nor video tutorials alone make you a professional in an app. It all depends on the right mix. Because if you want to look up something quickly without getting too torn from your work, then manuals with index / glossary are worthwhile. But if you want to understand more complex procedures beyond a few small explanations and screenshots, then video tutorials on GIMP and all other apps are of course worth gold. But you should note that the possibility of distraction from the actual project is always great;)
The GIMP app for image and photo editing as well as for some design tasks on Apple Mac, Windows PC and Linux computers is free. When looking for the right downloads, you should therefore be careful and only use the official and secure downloads from the developer site mentioned above. Then nothing stands in the way of starting the open source alternative to Photoshop. Regardless of the system - there are numerous free instructions and tutorials for photo and graphic editing as well as books that cost something, but teach you how to use the program in a comprehensive manner. A compendium like the one above offers basics for beginners, tips and tricks for advanced users, and tools for professionals.
I would like to leave a note on the open source project "Seashore". The software describes itself as a Mac alternative for Gimp and has been available since the beginning of 2019 Download it for free from the Mac App Store.
The GIMP alternative for macOS "Seashore", briefly noted here, currently has an average rating of 4,7 stars in the Mac App Store. Most of the reviews give you 5 stars. Among other things, it says in letters of review with a very good number of stars from users:
Class! I was looking for a simple picture editor. After only 5 minutes, I had already implemented my requirement. GIMP is much more complicated than that. I deleted Paintbrush because it was too rudimentary and couldn't handle the simplest functions such as layers.
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After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.
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