When I delved into the world of design, I downloaded it because it's free (gotta love that!). I figured I would eventually switch to a paid-for application once I decided whether design was something I wanted to pursue. Well, I was impressed by its functionality and haven't felt the need to switch yet.
So, I did some hunting and came across the following tutorials by malgalin on YouTube. He's got lots of tutorials but these are some of the ones I started with that introduced me to the basics:
- Gimp Tutorial: Layers – The Basics
- Gimp Tutorial: Making Brushes
- Gimp Tutorial: Texture Overlay Effect
- Gimp Tutorial: Paths – The Basics
- Gimp Tutorial: Paths 2
- Gimp Tutorial: Selection & Paths
Many of the tutorials teach you how to produce a particular effect (ex. change hair color), but there are also a lot that teach the basics. In that case try searching "gimp tutorial basics."