Free Gimp tutorial PDFs


Issue 128 of Linux Format magazine carries the last instalment of our Gimp tutorial series. It's been going on-and-off for years now, with the latest batch running from June 2008 until now.

Although we're sad to see the Gimp tutorial go away for the time being, we'd like to thank its author - the incredibly prolific Michael J. Hammel - for all the awesome work he's done over the years, and we're happy to announce that we're releasing high-res PDFs of Michael's 18 most recent GIMP tutorials for everyone to enjoy.

LXF readers have, we hope, learned a lot following in Michael's footsteps over the years, and it's great to be able to share these tutorials with an even wider audience. In these tutorials, you'll learn how to create all sorts of fun, weird and wonderful effects with Gimp, and the step-by-step guide should make it easy for users of all levels to follow.

Read on for download instructions and more information about what's inside...

What's inside

We're giving you the high-res PDFs - the same ones we use to actually print the pages of the magazine - which means they'll look awesome on your screen, or printed out. The down-side of this is that the files are quite big - the total download is 90MB.

You're free to use these tutorials for personal use or for non-commercial offline redistribution - ie, you can give them away at your LUG, share them with colleagues at your office, or burn them to a CD as a backup. Please don't put them online; if someone else wants to download them, direct them to this URL.

Here's a full list of the tutorials:

Linux Format free Gimp tutorials

Product design for geeks

Geek is Chic! We show how a little penguin (and a little bit of Wilber) makes for fine fashionable wear.

Linux Format free Gimp tutorials

Shattered face

She's breakin' up, captain! Our Gimp supremo shows how to make someone's face fragment and drift away in a few simple steps.

Linux Format free Gimp tutorials

Leopard-style icons

A Leopard-based desktop starts with professionally styled icons. In this tutorial our Gimp expert makes icon design a breeze.

Linux Format free Gimp tutorials

Sin City style

Our art guru goes all Frank Miller in this rainy, grainy Gimp graphics tutorial. One day a real rain's gonna come...

Linux Format free Gimp tutorials

Summer of love

Our Gimp wizard lets you ride the retro rave of sunbeams and silhouettes in this tutorial.

Linux Format free Gimp tutorials

Travel to the stars

Revel in the majesty of creation as our Gimp guru leads you through the process of making stunning stellar art.

Linux Format free Gimp tutorials

Going to warp speed

Want to explore strange new worlds and seek new inspirations in your art? Here's how to make the jump using Gimp.

Linux Format free Gimp tutorials

Create a fire goddess

Our graphics guru continues his journey on the fickle wings of inspiration. He invites you to fire up Gimp and join him on his travels.

Linux Format free Gimp tutorials

Decay in the city

Even experts can learn something new. Our graphics guru shares his experiences using a Wacom tablet with Gimp Paint Shop.

Linux Format free Gimp tutorials

Enhance the interface

Gimp contains a little-known back door to some powerful layour and preset features. We pick the lock and root through the stack.

Linux Format free Gimp tutorials

iPod fun

Tune into pop culture with Gimp. Our guru creates an iPod advertisement faster than you can thumb your dial.

Linux Format free Gimp tutorials

Use other tools

Mixing raster, vector and text is easier than you think. We explain how to integrate Gimp with Inkscape, Scribus and

Linux Format free Gimp tutorials

Text effects

With a blur, a colourise and some guides, our expert uses digital aging to add style and credits to the wine bottle project.

Linux Format free Gimp tutorials

3D effects in Gimp

Master guides and paths to create 3D-looking images with ease.

Linux Format free Gimp tutorials

Speedy colour fixes

Smile big and show your colours as we guide you through quick colour fixes for your photos.

Linux Format free Gimp tutorials

Printing and colour

Gimp, CUPS and Gutenprint are a fellowship that can lead you on your quest for high quality prints.

Linux Format free Gimp tutorials

Know your selections

Everyone knows selections, right? But how well do you really know them? In this tutorial, we get tricky with some awkward images.

Linux Format free Gimp tutorials

Creative text with Gimp

You can do more with text than you might think, as our graphics guru demonstrates.

How to get it

Click here to get the free Gimp tutorials. They're in a .zip file, total of 90MB in size.

Also, if you like Michael's work and want more Gimp action, check out his book - The Artist's Guide to GIMP Effects: Creative Techniques for Photographers, Artists, and Designers.

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Downloading it now. Thank you!


ktv zeros xD

thanks a lot

hey thanks a lot
i always read the articles to get ideas and tricks


These look great, thanks a lot. I've always had a bit of trouble getting to grips with GIMP.

thanks you


Now lets seed!

single windowed mode

anyone tried single windowed mode yet in Gimp2.7? I can't install it yet. will single window mode temp me away from Photoshop forever? Or is it just same old same old?
I'm quite eager to try it out.

Muchas Gracias

Desde Chile, Muchas gracias por este gran aporte.

Book Not Available

Looks like his book isn't available at either or I'd happily pay for a bound version of his collected tutorials, rather than go to the faff of downloading and printing them all.

single window mode

Well, I am running Gimp from git updated daily, and single window mode is _very_ nice -- it almost makes Gimp look like Krita (disclaimer: I am the Krita maintainer). Sure, there are still little infelicities, but then, it's being worked on right now. Good stuff, well worth the cycles to compile it and keep track of.

¿Alguien puede poner una descarga directa?

Es que en el el trabajo no puedo usar programas para descargar torrents.

Thanks !!

but is anybody willing to upload it to i.e. rapidshare ?


How about some blender 2.5 tutorials so we can all get ready for the future.


Desde Perú, muchas gracias x el aporte

Ubuntu One?

Why not put it on one fo your Ubuntu One accounts
and make it public? ( If I understand Ubuntu One correctly. )
Seems a good thing to put "in the coud".


also seems to be a good thing to put "in the clkoud" too.

Some days you cannot win.

Page deliberately left blank.

Splendid! Thanks!

Gents, there is, truly, no stopping you. Another fine offering for the unwashed masses (and me).



When you said BitTorrent only, I figured that there was some difficulty involved in other methods of downloading vis a vis bandwidth.

When I suggested Ubuntu One I was suggesting it as a possible solution to the bandwidth problem for TuxRadar approved personnel aka the *editors* put it on one of their Ubuntu One accounts.

After all my years on the net, I should have anticipated that some young overexcited moro^H^H^H^H person would put it up somewhere for download.


downloading it

Why don't you post it on megaupload or rapidshare or any other server to download it directly? It will be a good alternative to don't saturate you server and allow us to download it without BitTorrent.


Eskerrik asko

Eskerrik asko = Thanks!!!

In basque


Thank you very much for your work and for sharing it!

Thanks, If i ever make something of myself.....

I'll owe you.

sedot gan

Ke TKP..
ijin sedot.


Muy bien!
Gracias por los PDF

Xenial! (Great!)

Moitas grazas! (thank you very much!)

Thanks, but there is a missing file ?

Thanks, thanks & more thanks !!

I have downloaded the zip, but...
I have a doubt !! May be missing a file inside the zip,
specifically the "LXF112.tut_gimp.pdf" file?


Santiago, CHILE

Many thanks for this

Many thanks for this compilation. :) \o/

Muchas gracias, se valora

Muchas gracias, se valora mucho estos tutoriales...

Thank you!

Nothing much more to say. ;-)

I'll point to this site in my next video podcast about GIMP.


Muchas gracias, descargando...


Excelentes Datos y explicaciones, ya los descarge y puse en practica XD


thanks a lot



A todos los amigos latino americanos y de habla hispana.

En nombre de todo el equipo de TuxRadar y Linux Format magazine, les doy las gracias a todos los amigos latino-americanos y de habla hispana que se han tomado la molestia de poner comentarios en este foro.
No se olviden de decirnos de que pais nos visitan y no dejen de escribir en español.
Continuen dandonos sus opiniones que las recibiremos con gusto y tomaremos en cuenta sus sugerencias.

Muchas gracias nuevamente.

Efrain Hernandez-Mendoza
Art Editor
Linux Format magazine

Terimakasih...Thank's.. A

A good turorial..


Estupendo, muchas gracias desde Malaga, España

M ALI@--;---?

thnx a lot


gracias desde colombia


Thank you very much for your work and for sharing it!


you are the best, man!
from ESPAÑA!


Very Important Work


Good materials!
Thanks very much!

Really apreciate of you and

Really apreciate of you and your perfect work!!!

Very grateful

Very good learning materials, very grateful!


Thank you very much for your work and for sharing it!

very greatful

thank you very much for the download.

Thanks a lot

Thanks for your work,this is my wanted.I'm studing gimp now,so they are very useful to me.Thank you again.

gimp da best

this is really cools... thanks for this :-)


Muchísimas Gracias, Excelente material.
Existen los tutoriales traducidos al Español?
Saludos desde Dolores, Soriano, Uruguay.
Neville C. charbonnier


Thx for it all

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