Adobe Photoshop 6, Photoshop 7, Photoshop 5 & 5.5 and Photoshop Elements instructional book reviews & recommendations.
You never can have enough books! Especially when it comes to Adobe Photoshop. Photoshop really isn't that daunting or "scary" of a program, once you start opening some good instructional books. I confess, I am quite the Photoshop book goddess, so a lot of the books I list here are also in my own Photoshop library. (Yes, it's embarrassing to admit that I own this many books!)
It really helps to have a book right by you as you work with Photoshop. And the CDs that come bundled with many of these books are often full of goodies too. So, check 'em out! Get a few Photoshop books!
Currently this list includes Photoshop CS books, but even some Photoshop 5, Photoshop 6 and Photoshop 7 books. Also, for people who are using Photoshop Elements or one of the older (but still fabulous) versions of Photoshop, I've listed some of the best books for them too!
The book everyone recommends first is Adobe's own "Classroom in a Book." Adobe's Photoshop books seem to be especially good, and highly esteemed among Photoshop students. Follow the simple step-by-step instructions, and you will discover that you are learning a lot about Photoshop in the process! This book is highly recommended for anyone who wants to "certify" for the Adobe ACE program.
Inside Photoshop CS
Okay, so I haven't officially bought this book yet. But I have great faith in author Deke McClelland's work (every other Photoshop book he's written has been great). Also, look at the reader comments on Amazon.com! Looks like it's a winner, and in a big way.
This is a visually stunning book, has lots of good information, and is easy to read. Jack Davis and Linnea Dayton have done an equally good job with the Photoshop 6 version of this book as they have with previous versions of this excellent Photoshop book. Wonderful bundled CD.
Photoshop CS Down and Dirty Tricks
Scott Kelby's Photo Retouching book is also great. I admit, some of the stuff covered was not new to me. But I still found many new features in Photoshop (and some great new ideas) thanks to this book. If you are a Photoshop "newbie" who is a bit intimidated by Photoshop, both of Scott's books will help you get your feet wet. And have lots of fun, too!
I admit, this is a huge book (with two bundled CDs) and I haven't even scratched the surface of it yet. But so far, I am impressed. It's just good reading - I have read a few chapters and learned a lot of important new information about Photoshop. Author David Xenakis does a great job, I think. It is a HUGE book, and has a price tag to match. Try to get it at a discount, if you can. (There appears to be no Photoshop 7 version of this book.)
Special Edition Using Photoshop 7
This is a very nice book. I admit, when I first got it, it seemed rather remedial. It shows a lot of "step-by-step" Photoshop tricks for web graphics. I recently cracked open this book again, and found some quick answers to some questions I had relating to web graphics. I consider this an excellent "supplemental" Photoshop book, especially if you are not too familiar with Photoshop's web capabilities. Bundled CD.
Look and Learn Photoshop 6 by Deke McClelland
Photoshop Elements Books:
Photoshop Elements 2 (the latest and greatest version):
The Hidden Power of Photoshop Elements 2—Fabulous Photoshop author Richard Lynch has given us another wonderful Photoshop book! This time, he will help you get the most out of Photoshop Elements. A must-have!
Photoshop Elements 2 for Dummies—How can you go wrong with one of the fun "For Dummies" books? (Especially if it's written by Photoshop great Deke McClelland?) I know, the title has "Dummies" in it, but I've always found these books to be helpful and accessable.
Photoshop Elements 2: The Complete Reference—This book is huge. Over 700 pages! And it's written by Ken Milburn, an author who has written other Photoshop books that I have liked.
Photoshop Elements 1 (the original version—may be bundled with some digital tablets or scanners):
Adobe Photoshop Elements 1: A Visual Introduction to Digital Imaging—Great for introducing the newbie to Elements.
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