First my apologies for posting what should be a FAQ to this list (indeed,
I joined the list to ask these questions).
First, let me reassure you that I tried the manaul, I tried the tutorials,
I tried the FAQ and I tried searching the list archives. While I am
certain that what I want is buried in at least one of the places
somewhere, I didn't find.
First an introduction covering my needs and experiences:
(a) I am not a designer or artist.
(b) I am not looking to create great graphics.
(c) I believe that from my reading I understand layers and channels
reasonably well <em>conceptually</em>
(d) I just want to do simple things with photos (crop, including "beziar
cropping, feathering of the cropped images, rescale (shrink
I have no experience with any image manipulation tool (I've never seen
Adobe Photoshop, with the exception of having done some scalling and
cropping with xv).
OK. The gimp is over-kill for my needs. But I simply find it
unusable. I can handle bezier control points well enough for my needs,
but it is actually using the GIMP which has been a nightmare.
Is there a recommended book for someone like me?
Should I be using another tool? If so, what? (It must run on Linux, and
I prefer GPL'ed)
Can someone point me to something to get me started? I seem to be able to
make selections ok, but I can't seem to manuplate the selections usefully.
There must be some guide or help for people in my position.
I have recently moved, see http://www.goldmark.org/jeff/contact.html
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