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Old May 8, 2012, 5:42 PM   #1
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Default Good book to learn Photoshop for a beginner?

I'm looking for a good book to learn Photoshop for a complete beginner, not for something professional but just to be able to use this program for editing pictures that I've taken.

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Old May 10, 2012, 3:02 AM   #2
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photoshop digital classroom. cs5.. very helpful book.. amazon 29.00 they use these books up at college for the digital classes.. works good..
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photoshop digital classroom. cs5.. very helpful book.. amazon 29.00 they use these books up at college for the digital classes.. works good..
There are two books with this title on Amazon.com:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/047060...6639195&sr=8-1


http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/032170...6639195&sr=8-7

Which one do you mean?
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Old May 10, 2012, 6:46 AM   #4
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Any book by Scott Kelby will do ya. He's the master.
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Any book by Scott Kelby will do ya. He's the master.
Dunno, I saw a preview of one of his books on Amazon, and his humor is annoying, so I think I'll pass his books.
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And BTW, should I wait for books on CS6? or is it almost the same as CS5?
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Old May 10, 2012, 2:25 PM   #7
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I like Scott Kelby's books better than most on Photoshop. They aren't as absolutely dry as so many of them are (I'll start reading some of them and my eyes glaze over and I'll read a paragraph 5 times before the information sinks in). He talks you through various situations giving you settings to use for his examples and why he uses those particular settings, rather than showing you a picture of a tool and then listing what it can or can't do. If you actually work through the tutorials, you can play around a bit and experience more about settings, seeing why he happened to use the ones he did. His books aren't encyclopedic so he doesn't cover every possible thing, but by the end of his books you'll have a good grasp of how to make good use of the program, something I can't say for a few of the Photoshop and other software books I've tried to get through. I didn't particularly care for his digital photography books, but I really liked his books on Photoshop and Lightroom.
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http://www.amazon.com/Adobe-Photosho.../dp/0321701763

I find the classroom in a book series really helpful. I used it for Premiere and if you take your time to read you can be very fluent in it. Plus it came with a CD with video tutorials which is really helpful.
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The free online Photoshop tutorials found on Youtube are easier to learn by.
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