10 Websites to Help You Master GIMP

GIMP – which stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program – is a testament to how open source applications can successfully compete with their proprietary, commercial counterparts. Rich with an amazing set of useful tools and effects filters in a user-friendly GUI, GIMP is an excellent application for image editing and graphics creation.

In this article, you’ll find 10 excellent sites that feature design tutorials and information about GIMP.

1. - screen shot. is a blog-format site that also features user-submitted tutorials. Some tutorials you’ll find in are "Blog Theme Design tutorial", "Adding life into a Flat Photograph" and "Split-toning in GIMP".

2. GimpTalk

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GimpTalk is a large community site for anything and everything GIMP-related. GimpTalk has a GIMP Tutorials and Tips forum which has excellent and useful tutorials like "GIMP Scripting 101", "Setting up GIMP for artistic work", and "Pencil drawing with GIMP".

3. Gimpology

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Gimpology is a place that allows users to submit their own GIMP tutorials or share links to tutorials they’ve found on the web. Some popular tutorials on Gimpology include "Fake HDR Look in Gimp", "Authentic Vintage Effect", and "Make Your Photo Look Like a Hollywood Movie".

4. GIMP – Tutorials

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The official GIMP site has a tutorial section that features detailed tutorials to help users get up and running with GIMP. There’s also a section for more advanced users to help them master GIMP, helping them learn about how to apply a sketched effect on a photo or how to create professional icons.

5. - screen shot. is a site dedicated to sharing information about photo-editing and photo-manipulation in GIMP. The tutorial section has a host of useful tutorials that show you how to blend exposures to increase dynamic range and how to simulate film grain, among other techniques.

6. -screen shot. is a site portal for GIMP users. It has a GIMP News section that shares recent events regarding GIMP, a forum, and a tutorials section that’s subdivided into categories such as Basics, Special FX, and Video tutorials.

7. PA Blog

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PA Blog is a graphic design weblog by Putera Aladin. The GIMP Tutorials section features a useful collection of wonderful GIMP tutorials like "Cool Typography Design Poster in Gimp" and "Parrot Photo Manipulation".

8. GIMP Tutorials

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GIMP Tutorials aggregates a huge collection of tutorials on GIMP. Check out the Most Viewed section to quickly see the most popular GIMP tutorials on the site.

9. - screen shot. is a website that strives to share quality GIMP tutorials. On, you can find tutorials on how to make a round Web 2.0 button and how to make a gray day brighter.

10. Meet the GIMP!

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Meet the GIMP! presents video tutorials on GIMP in podcast format. You can find videos on how to render images with a film grain effect and using Layers in GIMP, among other topics.

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This was published on Feb 6, 2009


Timothy Feb 06 2009

Awesome! Gimp rocks. Thanks for the info

iDevelopThings Feb 06 2009

What a great listing.. thanks.

Gimper Feb 06 2009

Thanks for listing our site :)

btw abduzeedo has a few GIMP tutorials as well

Philpott Feb 07 2009

yuh Gimp rocks, and deserves to be number one yay :)

Adrian Try Feb 07 2009

Thanks! I’m always on the lookout for good Gimp tutorials to try out and pass on.

Jason Feb 07 2009

Thanks! I’ve been struggling with Gimp since leaving Photoshop…

Naldz Graphics Feb 07 2009

Nice resources Jacob=)very useful

IonBuck Feb 07 2009

Great! I’ve been using The Gimp to replace Photoshop for awhile now and these sites sure would come in handy. :)

Scott Feb 07 2009

Thanks a whole bunch! This will be really useful in my classes.

Celes | EmbraceLiving.Net Feb 07 2009

Thanks for the useful list :) I’m now using GIMP after using Photoshop for almost a decade

nandorocker Feb 07 2009

Wow. All these sites do LOOK like they were designed with GIMP.

Ok, great! I’ve used a couple of those sites (Gimp user since 2005).

How about a similar list for Inkscape?

MrStrider Feb 07 2009

amazing, i’ve been starting to use gimp lately after sometime of struggling with ps. thanks these would be really helpful

iDevelopThings Feb 08 2009

Sweet, I’ve been using gimp from time to time while I’m using Linux. UbuntuStudio.

Bluzone Feb 08 2009

Thanks for these wonderful GIMP links! I can’t wait to master GIMP in no time!

starlight86 Feb 08 2009

great list and thanks for including my blog. cheers!


Torsten Feb 09 2009

Always looking for some GIMP tuts.
Thanks for some new resources.

Dainis Graveris Feb 10 2009

not so much GIMP user, but I could use it for later reference, thanks however :)

Mario Feb 11 2009

these will come handy when trying out new things on Gimp. Thanks

dedyisn Feb 14 2009

bookmarks done. thanks you

Steve Estrada Feb 18 2009

Just got started getting into Gimp. I’m hooked.

Rizwan Feb 26 2009

Another noob is grateful to you for posting this :D

Linda Mar 12 2009

Thanks so much for the helpful links. I have been using gimp for about 6 months now and learn something new every day. I totally am a GimpAddic now. :D

Great list, thanks much!! This will be very helpful for me.

Antonio Bates Jan 19 2010

Thanks for the list but you forgot to include this site:
It is truly hands down in my opinion the best tutorials on the GIMP. I’ve tried the sites you mentioned and they all left me needing more.

Purencool Mar 14 2010

Thanks I a really starting to get into the gimp
this will help me broaden my depth of knowledge

check out my blog about GIMP. its o7khullars.edublogs. type it in google.

Barbara Jul 01 2010

Thanks for this list. It’s a good resource.

Miguel Aug 18 2010

There is a great gimp webpage in spanish: Todo Gimp

GimpGuy Sep 29 2010

Good list but you missed the best one.

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