No doubt people more versed in using Gimp than myself will chime in.
But it seems to me that "financial reasons" don't make good reasons to
use Gimp.

The best reason to use Gimp is because it's an excellent image editor.
The reason Gimp is an excellent image editor is because (1)It's the
product of nearly two decades worth of development by very talented
programmers and (2)It's open source.

Without the ongoing involvement of the programmers, Gimp wouldn't
exist. Because Gimp is open source, anyone who wants Gimp to do
something new, can (and many people do!) write the code and contribute
it. Which means Gimp can do more things, and do them well, than any
one user, book, or training course can possibly cover.

So the more useful approach might be to start with your target
audience, decide what image editing procedures might benefit them the
most, and then ask about where to find good information about
accomplishing those image editing procedures using Gimp.

Kind regards,

On 10/9/13, Jo Gandaa <> wrote:
> Dear GIMP Mailing List
> My name is Joseph, I am a Community Workshop Leader from London.
> I deliver different Art and I.T based workshops at a community centre,
> previously Graphic Design & Digital Editing Training for Adults
> During the Graphics training I used Macromedia Fireworks however I would
> like to deliver another course using GIMP for practical and financial
> reasons.
> These courses are free for the students to attend, do not have any official
> qualification behind it and are for very basic level but aim to give
> students knowledge and skill that could help them get into work or further
> education in the future.
> I would like to know a few things:
> 1)      Has anybody taught a course in this or know of any one who has / or
> attend ?
> 2)      What are the basic but effective GIMP tutorial books I could look at
> ?
> 3)      Are there any Qualifications or available for users wanted to learn
> GIMP ?
> 4)      Any tests or examinations ?
> Also, feel free to respond with any information you may have, even if it
> does not necessarily answer one of the 4 questions I posted.
> Thank you in advance.
> Joseph
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