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GIMP (Was: Bombing of Dresden)

	 > How do you get the "Clone" feature to work in GIMP? The one in
	 > PhotoDeluxe (freeware) works great. 
	 I find the GIMP's user interface opaque.  You have to read the manual :-)

So I'm not the only one. I've spent (wasted?) a lot of time trying to
learn  how  to  use  what's  obviously  a  powerful graphics package.
Unfortunately,   while   I've   often   succeeded   in   making   big
transformations  to  various  images, they have almost never been the
transformations that I wanted to make.  Since I can't get  it  to  do
what I want, I can't actually use it for anything.

I have several GIMP books, and all seem to be written for someone who
already  knows  most  of it.  I can walk through the examples and see
lots of huge changes on the screen, but there is rarely  any  visible
relation  between  what  I did with the mouse and what happens on the
screen. Is there a beginner's text somewhere that explains how to get
it to do the most trivial things right?

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