The GIMP is a free alternative to Photoshop that can be used for photo retouching, image composition, and image authoring. In 'The artist's guide to GIMP effects', artists and graphics professionals will learn how to use the GIMP and its tools to produce specific effects. Short, extensively illustrated tutorials cover a broad range of real-world projects that will be useful to those working in areas such as print advertisements, web design, photography, and user interface design. Includes material on how to use brushes, patterns, and shapes, and how to produce effects like flag-waving, contrast, rollovers, and duotones. The book also shows how to create objects like metal and gel buttons, and screws, nuts, and bolts, plus faceplates, wires, tabs, and more.