GIMP for Beginners 2: Selection and Layers: Pool Table and Balls

Brian Jackson, Author/Publisher/Educator

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8 Videos (34m)
    • Pool Balls Introduction

    • Pool Table: Selection, Fill and Blur

    • Pool Ball: Gradient

    • Shadow: Rotate and Layer Mask

    • Pool Balls 1: Table and Colored Ball

    • Pool Balls 2: Ball Number and Shadow

    • Pool Balls 3: Another Ball

    • GIMP for Beginners, Selection and Layers, Final Thoughts


About This Class


Welcome to the GIMP.  In my first course you learned to install and start and stop the GIMP as well as how to simply and easily use the GIMP to create logos, web graphics, and screen shots.

In this, the second class in my "GIMP for Beginners" series, you'll learn to perform the following GIMP operations in this order: rectangular selection, fills, blurs, layers, elliptical selection, gradients, rotation, layer masks and the Perspective Tool, and all in under 35 minutes.

This class provides the following detailed lessons on the use of the GIMP:

  • Pool Table: Selection, Fill and Blur 
  • Pool Ball: Gradient 
  • Shadow: Rotate and Layer Mask 
  • Pool Balls 1: Table and Colored Ball 
  • Pool Balls 2: Ball Number and Shadow 
  • Pool Balls 3: Another Ball 

In the class project, you'll follow my example to produce the pool table and balls image depicted at the top of this class description.

Continue your GIMP education on your way to becoming and official GIMP Beginner.  Then continue to follow as I guide you through GIMP intermediate and advanced classes.

We're just beginning to GIMP out!


Complete GIMP for Beginners Class Series (8/22/2016)

GIMP for Beginners 1: Install and Use the GIMP: Create Logos and Graphics

GIMP for Beginners 2: Selection and Layers: Pool Table and Balls

GIMP for Beginners 2.5: More Selection and Layers: Colored Butterfly

GIMP for Beginners 3: Text: Create Stunning Text Effects

GIMP for Beginners 4: Recreate "The Last Divine" Book Cover

GIMP for Beginners 7: Tips, Tricks and Techniques

GIMP for Beginners 8: Social Media Graphics with Facebook

GIMP for Beginners 5: Make a Simple Book Cover for Free

GIMP for Beginners 6: Make a 3D Book Cover for Free

GIMP for Beginners 9: More Tips, Tricks and Techniques

GIMP for Beginners 10: Photo Manipulation, Enhancement and Correction

GIMP for Beginners 11: Display Web Graphics Using Wordpress

GIMP for Beginners 12: Display Web Graphics Using Wordpress & HTML


13 of 13 students recommendSee All

Great course, I would recommend to anyone wanting to get up to speed with GIMP.
I this class you will many of the skills that you will need in your endeavors later on in your graphics.





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.