Course description

Go Beyond the Basics

In this course we go beyond the basics of producing a simple book cover using the GIMP as introduced in my course "GIMP for Beginners: Design Free Book Covers:†Self-publishing". The intermediate course material provided here should propel you're GIMP graphics to the next level.

Learn Tips and Techniques for Advanced Text Handling

Learn my favorite techniques when it comes to formatting text for presentation on the web. Whether its a book cover, album cover, web graphic, or logo, I'll show you the techniques required to make your images shine.

What Students Will Learn:

  • Expand our knowledge of the GIMP to produce superior images.
  • Take you book cover creation knowledge to the next level.
  • Learn how to use the GIMP to produce a variety of web graphics.


  • A PC or Mac on which to run the GIMP
  • A basic understanding of the GIMP

Target Students:

  • Those who have successfully completed my other GIMP courses

Course curriculum

  • 2

    GIMP Setup

    • Introduction to GIMP Setup

    • GIMP Installation

    • Windows 10 Configuration

    • Make GIMP 2.10 Look Like GIMP 2.8

    • GIMP Window Layout and Theme Configuration

    • GIMP Window Layout Reconstruction

    • GIMP Setup Section Workshop

    • GIMP Setup Section Project

    • Conclusion to GIMP Setup

  • 3

    Text and Text Effects

    • Introduction to Text and Text Effects

    • Simple Text Configuration

    • Outlining and Drop Shadows to Make Text Pop

    • Shadowed Text, Shadowed Boxes and Ghost Writing

    • Text to Image Effects

    • Preview: Text Layer Mask Effect

    • Text and Text Effects Section Workshop

    • Text and Text Effects Section Project

    • Conclusion to Text and Text Effects

  • 4


    • Introduction to Layers

    • Simple Layers

    • Layer Groups

    • Layer Opacity and Colorizing a Layer

    • Layers Section Workshop

    • Layers Section Project

    • Conclusion to Layers

  • 5


    • Introduction to Selection

    • Text Selection

    • Simple and Color Selection

    • Adding and Subtracting to and from Selections

    • Zooming and Lassoing an Image

    • Selection Section Workshop

    • Selection Section Project

    • Conclusion to Selection

  • 6

    Image Manipulation

    • Introduction to Image Manipulation

    • Resizing Images

    • Clone Tool

    • Conclusion to Image Manipulation

  • 7

    Colored Boxes

    • Introduction to Colored Boxes

    • Colored Box Designs

    • Colored Boxes to Make Text Pop

    • Simple Gradients and Opacity

    • Drop Shadows and Outlines

    • Conclusion to Colored Boxes

  • 8

    Layer Masks

    • Introduction to Layer Masks

    • Blending Images Using Layer Masks

    • Layer Masks and Text

    • Layer Masks Section Workshop

    • Conclusion to Layer Masks

  • 9


    • Introduction to Paths

    • Outlining Text

    • Circular Text

    • Text Along a Path

    • Conclusion to Paths

  • 10

    Intermediate GIMP

    • Outlining and Drop Shadows to Make Text Pop

    • Blending Image Layers Using Layer Masks and Opacity

    • Using Smeared Red Backgrounds to Highlight Text

    • Zooming in and Lassoing an Image

    • Adding, Subtracting, Inverting, and Undoing Color Selections

    • Constructing and Deconstructing Logos

    • Using the Clone Tool to Fix Images

    • Applying Filters

    • A Colored Butterfly Amongst a Black and White Garden

  • 11

    Continuing Education

    • Shadowed Text, Shadowed Boxes and Ghost Writing

    • GIMP Window Configuration

    • Circular Text

    • Colorizing a Layer

    • Layer Groups

    • Pumpkins and Jack-o-Lanterns

    • Smooth Merging of Multiple Images

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,


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"GIMP 2.8/2.10 Intermediate: Free Graphic Design Software"

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