Sunday, January 22, 2012

Layer Masks Explained - Lesson 5 - How To Use Gimp For Beginners

This lesson explains how layer masks work, and will give you an open introduction to the power this tool can bring to your photo-editing. This is probably the most important lesson on this site, because without this tool you will never be able to effectively get the more complicated edits down.  

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My book on Layer Masks has finally been published, and is available on Amazon.com for 4.99! Click here to get a peek inside! Lessons Shown In Beginning and End of This Video:
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11 comments:

  1. Thanks a lot!!! Clear and useful lesson!

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  2. Thanks Alex, for this clear tutorial. I just found it to the right time. I'm a 73 year old student at UBCO and take classes in new media. At school I have to work on a Mac/PhotoShop computer and at home I have a self assembled desktop running LinuxMint/GIMP...
    Now I'm challenged to learn two systems at the same time and
    have to find out what works where how...!

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  3. Thanks Alex, this is, with out doubt for me, one of the best explanations so far, I'm now going to the zombie tutorial for the hair thing.. OMG I spent hours trying to do that with the lasso tool only to have it all look so tragically wrong. :)

    Pete.

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  4. impressive m8! this is the best straight forward gimp tutorial that I've came across. keep up the good work...

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  5. Two weeks of frustration and cussing right down the drain lol. THANK YOU

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  7. In your book "All About Layer Masks" (kindle version), your Flickers links to the photos in your lessons is dead.
    Leo Newburn

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