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Graphic Design With GIMP

Creating computer graphics is fun! It's also a useful skill in today's world.

This course covers the tools and concepts that are common to virtually all graphics programs. Students will use GIMP, the most powerful and popular FREE graphics software. It has many of the same features as Photoshop, but without the price tag!

The course is very hands-on. When a skill is demonstrated in the video, students should pause the lesson and practice until they can perform the same operation. The videos are available for viewing online on a variety of devices.There are 15 practical assignments for graphics projects that help solidify the skills learned. Each assignment has the flexibility to allow students to use their creativity and steer the project toward an area of their interest.

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  • 67 instructional videos
  • A set of sample public domain image files to provide accessible images for projects 
  • PDF listing video topics with a session completion checklist
  • Assignment summary PDF for all the projects in one handy document

Course Details

This course was recorded mainly with GIMP 2.8. The current GIMP version is 2.10. The course focuses on fundamental operations that won't change or at least not significantly in GIMP. Generally, updates add new features rather than changing old ones. The course is still very usable, but you will notice differences in the interface if you're using a newer version that may cause confusion.

To follow the videos more exactly, you could install the same version of GIMP I used in the course, from this page:  On this page, click the line that says "gimp-2.8.22-setup.exe".
GIMP for Windows 2.8.22

Developing a course like this involves a huge investment of time. At some point, I plan to re-record the entire thing, but I'm hoping they stabilize GIMP at some point with a version that lasts longer than a few months. :)

Course Duration: I developed and taught this as a 15-week semester course for Landry Academy, but it's been redesigned to allow students to work at their own pace. I don't like to put a time limit on creativity! Work as quickly or slowly as you want.

Ages: The suggested age range is 12 and up, however younger students with good computer skills, or who have the help of someone older, may enjoy the course as well. You may use the course for your entire family, just don't share it with others. It's fun to work through the course with someone else, comparing your ideas and masterpieces.

Requirements: GIMP runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems, as well as the Raspberry Pi.

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