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Over 90 Free GIMP & Photoshop Ebooks, Cheat Sheets & Tutorials

Over 90 Free GIMP & Photoshop Ebooks, Cheat Sheets & Tutorials

Don’t think Photoshop needs any form of introduction. Most of us knows and heard of it even though some of us never actually used it before. GIMP in the other hand, also needs no introduction and best known as the so called hottest emerging alternative Photoshop open source software. If you have no idea what open source means, it simple says that GIMP is free. I won’t be going into the context of debating the pros and cons for each software, but to jump straight into the available reading resources available for these 2 great softwares.

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GIMP Official Resources:-

  1. Official Site
  2. Features
  4. Documentations
  5. Plugins
  6. Tutorials

Grokking The GIMP

Grokking the GIMP
by Carey Bunks

The first part of this book focuses on mastering core tools: layers, selections, masks, and colorspaces. The second part builds on the first by presenting an in-depth treatment of touchup, enhancement, compositing, rendering, and image creation for the web. If you want to know more on the content of this ebook, click here.

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Grokking the GIMP (HTML)

Introductory Ebooks

  1. Open source’s answer to Photoshop (PDF)
  2. Touring The GIMP: The GNU Image Manipulation Program (PDF)
  3. Introduction to GIMP (PDF)
  4. Another Introduction to GIMP (DocStoc)
  5. Thirty Second Guide to GIMP (DocStoc)

Quick References & Cheat Sheets

  1. Official GIMP Quick Reference Sheet (PDF)
  2. The GIMP Cheat Sheet (PDF)
  3. GIMP Quick Reference Card v1.0 (PDF)

Tips & Tutorials (PDF)

  1. GIMP Demonstration and Tutorial
  2. Digital Darkroom with the GIMP
  3. The Gimp 2.0 By Aaron Russell 2004 (Tutorial for an older version of Gimp 2.0)
  4. GIMP Paint Shop
  5. Image editing with GIMP
  6. Mastering Gimpfilters
  7. Color Imaging in GIMP
  8. GIMP for Photo Editing
  9. Masking in GIMP
  10. 3D Design With The GIMP (Scribd)
  11. GIMP Shadows & Reflections (Scribd)


Adobe Photoshop

We’ll start off the free ebook section of Photoshop by a number of collection from various sources. Check them out…

  1. Specky Boy’s list of 11 free Photoshop ebooks
  2. 3 Free EBooks from
    • The Essentials of Drawing in Photoshop
    • The Essentials of Design in Photoshop
    • The Essentials of Web Layouts in Photoshop
  3. Photoshop for photographers and artists and all types of users (Spanish)

Tips & Tricks

  1. Adobe Photoshop CS Tricks & Tips (Wepapers)
  2. Computer Arts Photoshop Tips (Wepapers)
  3. Advanced Photoshop Techniques (Scribd)
  4. Worth 1000 Photoshop Tricks (Scribd)
  5. Adobe Photoshop Tips (DocStoc)

Cheat Sheets & Keyboard Shortcuts (PDF)

  1. Adobe Photoshop 5, 6, 7, CS, CS2, CS3 & CS4 (PC & MAC) Keyboard Shortcuts
    All in one resource site from Trevor Morris. Check out the site for all versions of Photoshop keyboard shortcuts.
  2. Photoshop CS2 for Windows Shortcuts
  3. Photoshop CS3 for MAC Quick Reference
  4. Photoshop Cheat Sheet
  5. Photoshop Lasso Tool Cheat Sheet
  6. Photoshop Brush Tool Cheat Sheet
  7. Photoshop CS3 Keyboard Shortcuts
  8. Photoshop CS4 for MAC Keyboard Shortcuts
  9. Photoshop CS3 for MAC Keyboard Shortcuts
  10. Adobe Photoshop Cheat Sheet
  11. Adobe Photoshop Elements Cheat Sheet
  12. Adobe Photoshop Shortcuts
  13. Photoshop Shortcut Key
  14. Photoshop Cheat Sheet

Tutorials (Scribd & Wepapers)

  1. 100 Sites Where You Can Get Photoshop Tutorials
  2. Photoshop CS2 Tools Tutorial (PDF)
  3. Photoshop Basics
  4. Photoshop for Beginners
  5. 6 Totally Essential Photoshop Skills Even Your Mom Should Know
  6. Adobe Photoshop CS2 Tools & Basics
  7. Photoshop CS3 Scripting Guide
  8. Photoshop Transparency Tricks
  9. Tutorial – Polished Text
  10. Tutorial – Blending 2 Images
  11. Tutorial – Levels Adjustments & Backscatter Retouching
  12. Tutorial – Color Correction & Retouching
  13. Photoshop Transparency
  14. Photoshop Selection Techniques
  15. Photoshop Mirror Effect
  16. Working In Layers – The Essence of Photoshop
  17. Tutorial – 3D Ball
  18. Photoshop Halftone Dots
  19. Tutorial – Converting Black & White to Color
  20. Tutorial – Creating a Sketch Out of A Photograph
  21. Tutorial – Painting Realistic Hair
  22. Creating Titles in Photoshop CS3 for use in Avid
  23. Creating A Border Background With Photoshop
  24. Color Managed Proofing and Printing with Photoshop CS3
  25. Tutorial – How to Put Stockings on a Person
  26. Tutorial – How to Create Brush From Any Full Image
  27. Photoshop CS2 Tutorial
  28. Top 5 Photoshop Tutorials
  29. Tutorial – Revive Old Pictures
  30. Fun With Gradients in Photoshop 6.0
  31. Creating Patterns in Photoshop CS2
  32. Build a website using Photoshop and Freeway Pro
  33. How to Make A Vector Using A Picture
  34. The Adobe Photoshop Layers Book
  35. Water Droplet Effect for Photoshop CS4
  36. Tutorial – Removing Blemishes
  37. How to Download Brushes for Photoshop
  38. Tutorial: Creating A Lightning Effect In Photoshop
  39. Photoshop Manual (Spanish)
  40. Photoshop Tutorials (Indonesian)
  41. 30 Photoshop Techniques (Thai)

Creating Ebook 3d Covers Using Photoshop Action Scripts
3 great free Photoshop Action Scripts for you to create great looking 3d covers for your ebook. Posted here previously, covering 4 other similar tools. Check it out by clicking here.

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