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Beginning GIMP: From Novice to Professional, Second Edition by Akkana Peck

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Chapter 2. Improving Digital Photos

You have your shiny new digital camera, and it takes great pictures.But straight out of the camera, the photos are huge, and far too big to put on a website or email to friends. Maybe they also have other problems you'd like to correct before you show them to anyone.

This chapter will explore some of the most common ways you can use GIMP to improve your digital photos and share them with the world. It will cover the following:

  • Opening files

  • Scaling

  • Saving files

  • Cropping

  • Brightening and darkening

  • Rotating

  • Sharpening

  • Fixing red-eye

Opening Files

The first step in editing any image is to open it.

If GIMP isn't running yet, you can start it by dragging one or more images to GIMP's desktop icon (if you have one), or simply run ...

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