Adobe Photoshop is a brilliant and versatile tool that allows designers and artists to create stunning work, but with its hefty price tag it may be too expensive for some. Luckily, there are open-source alternatives like GIMP that are completely free and can work most of the wonders of Photoshop.
If you’ve made the decision to jump into GIMP, you’ll realize that there aren’t as many great tutorials for GIMP on the web. Thus we’ve collected the 20 best GIMP tutorials for beginners, from basic interface usage to advanced editing tricks, to help get you on the path to GIMP mastery. Enjoy!
Let’s start with a most basic action: crop an image in GIMP.
Another beginner’s tutorial – learn how to resize images the right way (yes, there is a wrong way) so that you will preserve the quality of the image.
This tutorial to remove backgrounds in GIMP works not only for solid colour backgrounds, but actual photographic backgrounds as well.
To make the background transparent in GIMP and save a transparent image, you need to save it in a certain format. Read this tutorial to find out more.
Need to create a poster with a fancy font? Here’s how to quickly install fonts that you’ve downloaded into GIMP.
Again, easy as 1-2-3. Steps to install brushes in GIMP for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Shaky hands when taking photos? Not to worry – here’s how to easily correct blurred images in GIMP with this tutorial.
On the other hand, sometimes you want to blur the background of your image to fake depth of field and place focus on your subject. This in-depth tutorial shows you how to blur backgrounds in GIMP.
With this tutorial on changing hair color in GIMP, you can give yourself a funky dye job or simply fix grey hair.
This is another technique for coloring parts of an image, such as your eyes, in GIMP.
Layers in GIMP work the same way they do in Photoshop, allowing you to control various edits and effects on an image. There are some differences in the user interface, though. Here’s a guide to using layers in GIMP.
Learn how to blend images in GIMP using layer masks and the Gradient tool to create posters or collages.
Learn how to watermark your images in GIMP to prevent others from claiming credit for your work or using your photos without your permission.
Yes, you can create animated gifs in GIMP using layers and frames. This extremely clear and helpful tutorial will show you how.
Another clear and detailed tutorial, this time for creating cool 3D text in GIMP.
This awesome tutorial shows you how to create a cool glow effect on any object in GIMP.
Want to create a cool forum sig for yourself? Here’s an easy-to-follow tutorial using simple textures and graphics.
Together with the tutorial on creating 3D text, this GIMP logo tutorial will have you designing sleek logos using the path and gradient tools.
Inverting colours in GIMP can be a bit tricky as, unlike in Photoshop, there’s no filter for this action. Instead, you can download scripts such as this one to colour invert your images.
Can’t find the Photoshop Liquify tool in GIMP? It’s known as IWARP, and here’s a comprehensive tutorial on using IWARP to liquify images in GIMP.
Enjoyed this collection of GIMP tutorials? Check out our Photoshop tutorials for beginners.