Good Photoshop Books?

Julie K

Screenwriter
Joined
Dec 1, 2000
Messages
1,962
Reaction score
0
Points
0
I'm having more fun with my new digital camera than should be allowed


I'm starting to play around more with Photoshop. Does anyone have any good recommendations for books? I'm especially interested in tips for unusual effects.

I did manage to do this today.

(Yeah, the world really needs another colorized phony B&W picture of a stupid flower. It's going to get one, anyway.)
 

Sam Posten

Moderator
Moderator
Joined
Oct 30, 1997
Messages
28,240
Reaction score
5,194
Points
9,110
Location
Aberdeen, MD & Navesink, NJ
Website
www.navesink.net
Real Name
Sam Posten
If you go to a borders or other outlet that carries international magazines, the latest Digital Camera World comes with a nice free booklet that covers the major features of photoshop. Its a UK mag.

Sam
 

Cameron Yee

Executive Producer
Reviewer
Joined
May 9, 2002
Messages
12,190
Reaction score
985
Points
9,110
Location
Since 2006
Website
www.cameronyee.com
Real Name
Cameron Yee
Adobe Photoshop 7.0 Studio Techniques by Ben Willmore is decent. It has a good share of proofing errors, which is annoying, but at least he has them documented on his site. Despite its flaws the book is helpful in explaining the nuts and bolts behind the functions in the program, for example what radius and threshhold actually control. Many tutorials I've come across just don't explain that and give some generalized starting point for settings with no explanation why. It's also the book that turned me onto using Curves, which up until then I just didn't understand.
 

JasonDNJ

Extra
Joined
Jan 27, 2004
Messages
22
Reaction score
0
Points
0
I recommend good-tutorials .com . It's updated hourly and there's also a search engine to look up whichever specific effects you'd like to learn.
 

Chris Moe

Screenwriter
Joined
Jun 12, 2002
Messages
1,087
Reaction score
0
Points
0
How well do you know Photoshop? I find the Adobe Classroom In A Book series to be very good at getting an initial grasp on Photoshop. Knowing all the basics is much more important and powerful than just playing around with filters to make unusual effects.
 

Julie K

Screenwriter
Joined
Dec 1, 2000
Messages
1,962
Reaction score
0
Points
0
I don't know it well but want to ramp up pretty quickly to the unusual stuff


Thanks for all the suggestions.
 

Max Leung

Producer
Joined
Sep 6, 2000
Messages
4,611
Reaction score
0
Points
0
I have Real World Photoshop. A very good book, because it focuses on theory and techniques for fixing up less-than-perfect digital photos (sharpening, resizing, layer masks, etc.). Also covers important topics such as color profiling and printing - particularly on print accuracy.

It's not the typical step-by-step book, as it also explains why a technique is used...
 

Max Leung

Producer
Joined
Sep 6, 2000
Messages
4,611
Reaction score
0
Points
0

John K Carter

Stunt Coordinator
Joined
Sep 23, 1999
Messages
64
Reaction score
0
Points
0

Scott Kimball

Screenwriter
Joined
May 8, 2000
Messages
1,500
Reaction score
0
Points
0
I teach digital imaging, and use the Adobe Classroom in a Book as a text. It is an excellent book for beginning / intermediate Photoshop.

While many of the "tips and tricks" type books are interesting and show you some neat stuff, a "bottom up" tutorial book like the Classroom series gives you the knowledge you need to be proficient with Photoshop. I recommend using the "Classroom" book, along with a Google search for Photoshop tricks - mix up the nuts and bolts with the fun stuff to keep you interested.

-Scott
 

Forum Sponsors

Forum statistics

Threads
343,667
Messages
4,686,430
Members
140,986
Latest member
balbendergeta