What is a good Photoshop book for photographers? I am interested in not too basic techniques (which I can more or less figure out by myself), which on the other hand give good results, without the need to be an expert pro.

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    Why books? Have you tried online tutorials? There are many websites with step-by-step instructions, sample files to practice with etc. Try: psd.tutsplus.com From my experience - there is little that can be found in a book that you won't find online. Also, youtube videos, Adorama Learning Center etc. Sep 11 '12 at 14:23
  • While there are a lot of Ps tutorials on line, psd.tutsplus is aimed more at graphic design with Ps than photo editing. Sep 11 '12 at 14:40
  • Good question (whoever -1'ed it should explain why BTW), you may want to phrase it 'Which photoshop book series/line?' to help the question stand the test of time.
    – Shizam
    Sep 11 '12 at 17:35
  • @Jakub Kalet it is really cool site. Anyway I would prefer some book because I find it more confortable, rather than swtching betwwen CS and browser window. And I would expect some more strutured information from a book. But on the other hand with online tutorial one can choose the techniques which likes most.
    – Paolo
    Sep 12 '12 at 11:37
  • It would help if you could expand the question to tell us what you want to get out of it. Different books suit different people's needs. Oct 10 '12 at 12:22

I really have stopped using books, I think video's are far superior.

If you don't mind paying then take a look at kelby's site, they have linear generalist classes as well as specific technique classes.

I agree that the nature of the internet makes it hard to put anything cohesive together, and you never know how good a technique really is. As far as flow you might consider using a second monitor to learn and avoid the dreaded swap pattern.

Are you looking for a particular subject or just more advanced learning?

Ben Willmore http://digitalmastery.com/blog/ used to put out what was more or less a drill down of the nuts and bolts of CS for aspiring Photoshop chef's vs. short order cooks but he hasn't published anything other than e-books for awhile and the stuff on amazon is way dated.

The legendary John Shaw is a casual friend of mine that does really outstanding photoshop stuff in person ( he uses everything he teaches ) and he also sell's e-books which I have not used but knowing John they are probably top notch.

Other than that I would just say hit amazon, check the reviews, see what's interesting to you.


As Jakub Kaleta said, don't go around books, in my experience internet is your best teacher, free and available 24/7!

Just try to google what you want and if you don't know where to start, check websites like psd.tutsplus.com Good luck!

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