Well, that’s quite a list of toys! When you first installed GIMP you probably played around with a few of the filters, but it’s easy to miss some of the most useful functions GIMP has stuffed in its menus.
Now you should know when to look in the Toolbox menus versus the menus in the image window. You’ve experimented with the GIMP’s offerings for changing lighting and shadow, adding noise, and detecting edges. You can map images to three-dimensional objects with the Map filters and turn them into art with the Artistic filters. You know how to create interesting logos and other text effects, and how to make images for your web pages.
Some of these techniques are helpful for working with photographs, but you’ll find that they’re even more useful when making drawings. You worked with basic drawing tools in Chapter 4, but now that you’re familiar with heavy-duty image-processing techniques, you can go far beyond the simple examples from that chapter.
So take a firm grip on your mouse (or drawing tablet, if you have one) as we move into the next chapter and learn some techniques for advanced drawing.
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