GIMP Computer Graphics for Beginners of All Ages

Have fun while you master GIMP. Many of Photoshop's capabilities - without the steep price tag!

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Creating computer graphics is fun! It's also a useful skill in today's world. This course uses GIMP, the most powerful and popular FREE graphics software. The tools and concepts covered are common to virtually all graphics programs.

GIMP has many of the same features as Photoshop, but without the price tag! GIMP runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems.

The course is very hands-on. When a skill is demonstrated in the video, students are encouraged to pause the lesson and practice until they can perform the same operation.

The suggested age range is 12 and up, however younger students with good computer skills, or who have the help of someone older, may enjoy the course as well. And certainly, many adults will appreciate the gradual progression and detailed instructions, as well.

** Now including a new section on the latest version of GIMP, 2.10, with its new themes, icons, and useful features!

What you’ll learn
  • Use all the GIMP tools to create a variety of fun and useful graphics projects
  • The skills acquired will make learning any other graphics software easier.

Are there any course requirements or prerequisites?

  • You should be able to operate a computer at a basic level, things like running programs and saving files.
  • GIMP graphics software is required, but free. Video instructions are provided for download and installation.
  • Sample graphics files are provided, however you may use your own images as well.

Who this course is for:

  • Students 12 to 13 and up who desire to create computer graphics using the FREE software, GIMP
  • Beginner adults who might be intimidated by a more rigorous approach to graphics software

Course Curriculum

  Section: 6 Iwarp and Animated GIFs
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  Section: 7 Up to Speed With Quick Masking
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  Section: 10 GIMPShopping With the Clone Tool
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  Section: 12 Other Tools and Operations
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  Section: 13 Final Project - Magazine Cover and Interior Pages
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Your Instructor

Vicki Watson
Vicki Watson

Professional Credentials:

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Franklin University, Columbus, Ohio
  • Raspberry Pi Certified Educator 2016
  • Teaching experience: Columbus State Community College Adjunct Faculty Computer Dept.
  • Teaching experience: Landry Academy, online homeschool academy
  • Video Course Developer: OSTraining
  • Freelance computer programmer
  • Freelance web designer/developer with experience in Joomla, Wordpress, Processwire, Foundation, Bootstrap, UIKit
  • Programming: C, Python, Scratch, PHP, Javascript


  • I homeschooled my three daughters through high school.
  • Author of the Sonrise Stable series of horse books for kids
  • I love learning - and teaching! In my spare time I enjoy driving my cart pony, training horses, hiking, and tennis.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

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