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Computer Graphics For Kids (and adults) Using GIMP Software

Creating computer graphics is fun! It's also a useful skill in today's world. This course uses GIMP, the most powerful and popular FREE graphics software. The tools and concepts covered are common to virtually all graphics programs. 

GIMP has many of the same features as Photoshop, but without the price tag! GIMP runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, and the Raspberry Pi..

The course is very hands-on. When a skill is demonstrated in the video, students are encouraged to pause the lesson and practice until they can perform the same operation. 

The video course is $30 and may be used with your entire family. There is a comment page at the bottom of each video lesson for comments, suggestions, and basic questions. 

Do not share the course link with others outside your family.

An optional Assignment Feedback addon allows you to receive additional support and feedback on the assignments. This option is available for purchase at any time after you sign up for the course. You'll receive written feedback regarding what was positive about the submission as well as suggestions for improvement. (This addon is purely optional, for those who would like additional help. If you'd prefer the video course alone, it is available at the base price of $30.)

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Sample Student Projects

The suggested age range is 12 and up, however younger students with good computer skills, or who have help, may enjoy the course as well. And certainly, many adults will appreciate the gradual progression and detailed instructions.

** Now including a new section on the latest version of GIMP, 2.10, with its new themes, icons, and useful features!

What are the requirements?

  • You should be able to operate a computer at a basic level, things like running programs and saving files.
  • GIMP graphics software is required, but free. Video instructions are provided for download and installation.
  • Sample graphics files are provided, however you may use your own images as well.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Use all the GIMP tools to create a variety of fun and useful graphics projects
  • The skills acquired will make learning any other graphics software easier.

What is the target audience?

  • Students 12 to 13 and up who desire to create computer graphics using the FREE software, GIMP
  • Beginner adults who might be intimidated by a more rigorous approach to graphics software

Table of Contents

Getting Started
Introduction
video
Purchase Optional Assignment Feedback
How to Install GIMP on a Windows PC
video
How to Install GIMP on a Mac
video
GIMP Software Overview and Layout
video
Image Downloads, Course Checklist, Assignment List
Layers - the Key to Graphics Success
Using the Paintbrush and Saving Files
video
Painting an Outlined Image Using Layers
video
Layers, Tigers, and Bears – Oh My!
video
Fill a Layer With a Solid Color, Pattern, and Gradient
video
Fill Rectangular and Circular Shapes With a Solid Color, Pattern, and Gradient
video
BeGIMPer Badge
Flipping, Scaling, Rotating, Cropping - Image Transformations
Transform Tools – Flip, Rotate, Scale, Crop
video
Create a Photo Montage of Multiple Cropped and Scaled Images
video
How to Export in the JPG, GIF, & PNG Formats, When to Use Each
video
Terrific Text
Styling Text - Fonts, Size, Color, Text Modes
video
Text/Image Project - Text Message Overlaying an Image
video
Filling and Outlining Text
video
All about Fonts
video
Convert Text to Image and Color It
video
Text Cutout to Reveal Images Project pt. 1
video
Text Cutout to Reveal Images Project pt. 2
video
Super Selection Skills
The Rectangle and Ellipse Select Tools
video
The Lasso Tool, Saving Selections to Channels
video
The Fuzzy and Color Select Tools
video
The Intelligent Scissors Select Tool
video
The Foreground Select Tool
video
Scintillating Selections Project
video
Iwarp and Animated GIFs
The Iwarp Filter (v. 2.8 or earlier)
video
Animated GIFs
video
InterGIMPer Badge
Quick Explanation of Quick Masking
Creating and Using a Quick Mask
video
Fabulous Photos
Curves and Levels For Over and Under Exposed Photos
video
The Blur and Sharpen Filters
video
Color Corrections and Layer Blending Modes
video
Adjust Photos With the Healing Tool, Red Eye, Dodge & Burn
video
GIMP Filters, Create Patterns
video
A Closer Look at the Color Selector Dialog
video
Demystifying Layer Masks
Layer Masks Explained
video
Sample Uses for Layer Masks
video
Composite Image Project Using Layer Masks
video
GIMPShopping, Otherwise Known as Cloning
Using GIMP's Clone Tool
video
Perfecting Your Paths (Pen) Tool Skills
Paths Tool (Pen) Basics
video
Selections With the Paths Tool
video
Drawing With the Paths Tool
video
Other Tools and Operations
Additional GIMP Tools
video
Additional Menu Items
video
ExperGIMPer Badge
Final Project - Magazine Cover and Interior Pages
Magazine Project Overview
video
Tips and Troubleshooting
video
Version 2.10 Updates
GIMP 2.10 Information & Image Downloads
Installing GIMP 2.10, Themes and Icon Sets
video
Automatic Alpha Channels, GEGL Filters With On-image Preview
video
MyPaint Brushes
video
Create and Edit a Gradient in the Image
video
Save Gradient, Gradient Editor Dialog, Export as CSS
video
Layer Dock Features
video
Layer Group Mask
video
Unified Transform Tool
video
Warp Transform Tool Replaces iWarp
video
Handle Transform Tool
video
Selection Tool Updates
video
Rotating the Canvas
video
Symmetry Painting
video
Spiral & Supernova Filters, Shadows & Highlights Adjustments
video
Creating Image Slices
video
Color to Alpha Option and Filter Presets
video
Version 2.10.4 Load Speed & Straightening Images
video
Version 2.10.6 Vertical Text, Long Shadow Filter
video
Version 2.10.6 Vertical Straightening, Little Planet Filter, File Dialog Changes
video
Version 2.10.8 Update - Mostly Bug Fixes
video
Feedback on Assignments 1-7
Assignment 1 - Outline Image Upload
Assignment 2 - Shapes and Fills Upload
Assignment 3 - Photo Montage
Assignment 4 - Image with Text Overlay
Assignment 5 - Font to Image
Assignment 6 - Text Cutout with Images
Assignment 7 - Paste Selection to Different Background

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have access to the course?

Forever! Once you've enrolled and paid, you'll have access to the course material for as long as you need. So devour it all in one weekend or take things slow. It's your choice!

What if I'm unhappy with my purchase?

Well, I would be sad. But if you're really unhappy with the course, just email me within 10 days to get a full refund.

I still have a question, how can I contact you?

I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. Send me an email at vicki@vickiwatson.com.

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