GIMP for Photo Editing and Restoration Adult Education Tasmania

GIMP for Photo Editing and Restoration

Course description

This course uses the freeware program GIMP to improve and manipulate images. GIMP is a powerful alternative to Photoshop™, most of the techniques taught can be adapted to Photoshop™ or have been adapted from Photoshop™.
Learn to use this program from a photographer’s perspective. Explore layers, masks, curves, levels, thresholds, dodging, burning and much more. GIMP works on PC and MAC.

What your course will cover

This course has four primary themes:

  • Mastering layers and layer masks to selectively apply corrections to regions within an image.
  • Improving portraits and removing blemishes.
  • Improving detail, colour and contrast in landscapes and macro photographs.
  • Scanning and restoring old photos, negatives and slides.

These will include:

  • Making masks from selections.
  • Making gradient masks to improve landscape images.
  • Advanced exposure, contrast, and colour controls using curves, levels, dodging and burning, and layer masks.
  • Using thresholds for special effects and elaborate layer masks.
  • Sharpening, softening, and blurring techniques.
  • Cloning and healing tools.
  • Advanced conversion of colour images to black and white and selective re-colouring of those black and white images.
  • Resizing images for printing and internet use.
  • When and why to use RAW, TIFF, PSD and JPEG formats in camera, printing and archival storage.
  • Fundamental scanning techniques for photos and film using an affordable flatbed scanner.

What you can hope to achieve

Becoming proficient with the primary themes using GIMP.

What to bring

  • Please bring your own laptop with GIMP loaded onto it. One or two loan computers available – please confirm before booking

Important information

Please note that children must not attend this class unless it is a specified parent/child activity.

Disability and special needs

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Please note that carers supporting learners with disabilities can attend our classes free of charge. For more information, please contact adult education team:

Refund policy

Cancellations and Refunds
Please choose your course carefully. A full refund is payable in the event that a class is cancelled. No other refunds are considered except for extenuating circumstances which are supported by a written application.

Contact details

For General Enquiries contact

  • (03) 6165 5564

Or for specific enquiries relating to issues in your area, contact your local centre

Terms and Conditions

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