GIMP 3D Book Covers 3: Things My Grandpa Taught Me

Brian Jackson, Author/Publisher/Educator

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6 Videos (30m)
    • Bump Maps Pt. 1: Using Images

    • Bump Maps Pt. 2: Using Text

    • Water Reflection Effect

    • Filters: Homework Assignment

    • Things I Forgot to Mention About the GIMP and 3D Book Covers

    • Wait a Second, That Happened Too Fast


About This Class

GIMP 3D Book Covers 3: Things My Grandpa Taught Me

In this class you'll learn:

  • How to use images to produce a bump map through a white layer.
  • Create a cloudy night sky with a moon in it containing the Word "Moon". We then suspend this above a reflection in water, and you can tell that it's water because we put a ripple in it.
  • We look into the use of the many filters provided by the GIMP and suggest a homework assignment of going through all the filters to find out what each of them do.
  • I mention that fact that the GIMP displays tools tips when you hover over a button. This is something I forgot to mention earlier and it's been gnawing at me ever since.
  • I perform some of the most common tasks that I've performed quickly in the past so that viewers can keep up with fundamental actions that may have previously been missed.

So, don't miss out -- join me for the fun,






Brian Jackson


Born in Los Angeles in the middle of the last century, I have always wanted to be a writer. After twenty-five some odd years spent working in the computer industry in the heart of the Silicon Valley, first for Lockheed as a Systems Programmer and later for Cisco Systems as a test tool developer, I managed to retire early and begin my next career as a self-published author.

Along with writing and publishing my own novels I also publish the works of my wife, Melanie Jackson. During the past four years I’ve published well over 100 books in paperback and eBook formats. Oddly enough this includes eBooks on how to self-publish books and how to create professional looking book covers using the GIMP. I’ve also recorded and distributed a pair of audiobooks available for purchase on Amazon and Audible. Finally, I spend a portion of my time maintaining both my website and my wife’s website, which was developed using WordPress.

My last endeavor, begun in July of 2014, was to record training courses for distribution via Udemy. My goal was to provide low cost high quality screen cast based educational material focusing on my area of expertise; namely, self-publishing and book cover design using the GIMP. I then expanded my catalog to cover Web page development and Udemy course preparation.

My new goal is to begin recording custom material for distribution on SkillShare!!!

I currently live in the beautiful California wine country with my wife, published author Melanie Jackson, and Butterscotch the cat.