Course description

Take Your GIMP Skills to the Next Level.

If you're getting bored doing the same old things in GIMP, maybe it's time to learn some new tricks.  Come with me on this adventure into GIMP Advanced.  In over an hour and a half of lectures, I'll show you some tricks you have yet to learn.  

Learn to Create 3D Book Covers  

Both boxed sets and individual 3D book covers are addressed in this course.  Even if you don't work on book covers, you'll find the 3D effects useful in your future GIMP work.  

Learn to Create Reflections in Water  

Let me show you a nice water reflection effect that you'll be able to use in your own graphics.  

GIMP Advanced.  

It's not your grandpa's old GIMP anymore...

I'll see you in the classroom,


What Students Will Learn:

  • To improve your GIMP skills taking them to the next level
  • To learn how to produce 3D book covers
  • To learn the application of filters to images


  • An installed and working copy of the GIMP

Target Students:

  • Anyone who has completed my other GIMP courses
  • Anyone looking to improve their GIMP skills

Course curriculum

  • 2
    3D Book Covers
  • 3
    Tricks My Grandpa Taught Me About the GIMP
    • Bump Maps Pt. 1: Using Images
    • Bump Maps Pt. 2: Using Text
    • Water Reflection Effect
    • Filters: Homework Assignment
  • 4
    Additional Lectures
    • Things I Forgot to Mention
    • Wait a Second, That Happened Too Fast
  • 5
    Bonus Material
    • Creating a Book Cover Pt. 1
    • Creating a Book Cover Pt. 2
    • Creating a Book Cover Pt. 3

Meet your instructor!

Brian Jackson
Author, Publisher and Educator

I was born the middle of the last century in Los Angeles, California.  

After moving for a time to the Silicon Valley, I graduated from Humboldt State University amid the redwoods of Northern California.

Two weeks after graduation I was working as a computer systems programmer for Lockheed Missiles and Space (LMSC) back in the Silicon Valley.  Two months after that and I was married as I have been happily  ever since (for 38 years).

After 14 years at Lockheed I moved from working on IBM mainframes to using PCs running the Unix operating system and encountered a thing called the Internet.  Cisco Systems seemed to be the right place to work, so I joined the company as their 650th employee.  Eleven years later Cisco had grown to over 20,000 employees.

I retired at the age of 48 and instantly became bored!

Throughout my professional career I'd always enjoyed both writing and providing technical training.  So, I attended creative writing classes at my local junior college and began to write.

I managed to write and self-publish a handful of books, but things didn't take off until my wife, Melanie Jackson, an established author with a New York company, left traditional publishing to join me in self-publishing.

In 8 years, from 2010 to now, Melanie and I have made half-a-million dollars self-publishing well over 100 books.  I also managed to record a pair of audiobooks for Amazon and Audible sale.

By 2014, our rapid rise to Kindle fame had already dwindled.  I decided to pursue my second passion of giving training presentations.

Since 2014 I've published over 40+ online video training courses for training sites such as Udemy and SkillShare. My goal is to provide low cost high quality screen cast based educational material focusing on my areas of expertise; namely, self-publishing and book cover design using the GIMP.  I continue to expand my video training catalog while focusing some energy on resurrecting our flagging book sales using various marketing techniques.  Finally, I spend a portion of my time maintaining both my website and my wife’s website, which was developed using WordPress.

I currently live in the beautiful California wine country with my lovely wife and Butterscotch the cat.

I'll see you in the classroom,


Take this course today!

"GIMP Advanced Graphic Design: Free 3D Book and eBook Covers"

Bundles including this course!