Photoshop book recommendations

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Tim, Dec 14, 2006.

  1. Tim

    Tim Guest

    Hi

    Can anyone tell me if there is a particular Photoshop book which stands out
    of the crowd? I can use basic tools like straightening converging lines and
    basic clone brush work but that's as far as it goes. I totally suck at using
    layers (don't know why as I use them all day long in AutoCAD - but I do) and
    I really seem to struggle making good masks.

    I realise it's probably a bit of a personal depending on which field you
    work in, which is one of the reasons for posting. I'd like something that
    was biased towards photography and not graphics or pre-press work.

    I've read reviews of The Photoshop Book for digital Photographs by Scott
    Kelby it sounds about right but I think that it might stop just a shade
    short of the level I need

    Thanks for any advice

    Tim

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    http://www.timdenning.myby.co.uk/
     
    Tim, Dec 14, 2006
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  2. Tim

    Guest


    > I've read reviews of The Photoshop Book for digital Photographs by Scott
    > Kelby it sounds about right but I think that it might stop just a shade
    > short of the level I need


    That's the book I was going to suggest to you. Why do you feel it is
    just shy of what you need? Are you looking for a Photoshop book that
    specializes in layers and masks?

    Chieh
    --
    Camera Hacker - http://www.CameraHacker.com/
     
    , Dec 14, 2006
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  3. In article <>,
    "" <> wrote:

    > > I've read reviews of The Photoshop Book for digital Photographs by Scott
    > > Kelby it sounds about right but I think that it might stop just a shade
    > > short of the level I need

    >
    > That's the book I was going to suggest to you. Why do you feel it is
    > just shy of what you need? Are you looking for a Photoshop book that
    > specializes in layers and masks?
    >
    > Chieh
    > --
    > Camera Hacker - http://www.CameraHacker.com/


    Check the Powells Books website. They have dozens of PS books.

    If you want to get complicated there is a PS magazine that has many tips
    and "secrets" of the PS experts.

    --
    There are two ways to spell Ockham/Occam. Britannica prefers the former.
     
    Ockham's Razor, Dec 14, 2006
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  4. Hi,

    > If you want to get complicated there is a PS magazine that has many tips
    > and "secrets" of the PS experts.


    Do you have a url for that magazine?
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    Arnor Baldvinsson
    San Antonio, Texas
     
    Arnor Baldvinsson, Dec 14, 2006
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  5. Tim

    JC Dill Guest

    On Thu, 14 Dec 2006 21:25:28 GMT, "Tim" <no > wrote:

    >I've read reviews of The Photoshop Book for digital Photographs by Scott
    >Kelby it sounds about right but I think that it might stop just a shade
    >short of the level I need


    Reading reviews of a book is not the same as reading and using the
    book itself. I suggest you actually use this book before looking for
    some other book that does more. After you use this book, then tell us
    what you still need and I'm sure someone will know of a book that
    addresses it.

    jc

    --

    "The nice thing about a mare is you get to ride a lot
    of different horses without having to own that many."
    ~ Eileen Morgan of The Mare's Nest, PA
     
    JC Dill, Dec 15, 2006
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  6. Tim

    Dave Guest

    CS Artistry, by Haynes and Crumpler, I found this the best one for me. good
    detail, walks you through examples, good discussion of technique and
    workflow. Walk through this book page by page, and at the end you will be
    very confident. I refer back to it all the time.

    Also have a look at books by Deke Mclelland. I read Adobe Photoshop CS
    one-on-one. Cookbook techniques but very practical, he's a good teacher.

    Scott Kelby is a good writer, but coverage of topics is a little
    superficial. May be OK for an intro.

    Dave




    "Tim" <no > wrote in message
    news:cjjgh.16268$...
    >
    > Hi
    >
    > Can anyone tell me if there is a particular Photoshop book which stands
    > out of the crowd? I can use basic tools like straightening converging
    > lines and basic clone brush work but that's as far as it goes. I totally
    > suck at using layers (don't know why as I use them all day long in
    > AutoCAD - but I do) and I really seem to struggle making good masks.
    >
    > I realise it's probably a bit of a personal depending on which field you
    > work in, which is one of the reasons for posting. I'd like something that
    > was biased towards photography and not graphics or pre-press work.
    >
    > I've read reviews of The Photoshop Book for digital Photographs by Scott
    > Kelby it sounds about right but I think that it might stop just a shade
    > short of the level I need
    >
    > Thanks for any advice
    >
    > Tim
    >
    > --
    > http://www.timdenning.myby.co.uk/
    >
     
    Dave, Dec 15, 2006
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  7. > I've read reviews of The Photoshop Book for digital Photographs by Scott
    > Kelby it sounds about right but I think that it might stop just a shade
    > short of the level I need


    I can't stand stand Kelby's writing style. He seems to make a project of
    fitting in as many inane and often pathetic "jokes" as possible. Wading
    past the "your computer will blow up if you miss this next step" bits
    trying to get to the base of what he's saying is a horrible reading
    experience. On the other hand he clearly knows what he's talking about,
    and he sells enough books to justify whatever writing style he chooses,
    so you might get on with him.

    The thinking man's choice would be Martin Evening and his snappily
    titled "Adobe Photoshop CS2 for Photographers: A Professional Image
    Editor's Guide to the Creative Use of Photoshop for the Macintosh and
    PC." It assumes a bit more knowledge of Photoshop and is a lot less
    irreverent than the Selby books. It also pushes detail (both technical
    detail and image detail) a good bit further.
     
    Derek Fountain, Dec 15, 2006
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  8. Tim

    Brian Guest

    On Fri, 15 Dec 2006 09:00:59 +0000, Derek Fountain
    <> mentioned:

    >> I've read reviews of The Photoshop Book for digital Photographs by Scott
    >> Kelby it sounds about right but I think that it might stop just a shade
    >> short of the level I need

    >
    >I can't stand stand Kelby's writing style. He seems to make a project of
    >fitting in as many inane and often pathetic "jokes" as possible. Wading
    >past the "your computer will blow up if you miss this next step" bits
    >trying to get to the base of what he's saying is a horrible reading
    >experience. On the other hand he clearly knows what he's talking about,
    >and he sells enough books to justify whatever writing style he chooses,
    >so you might get on with him.
    >
    >The thinking man's choice would be Martin Evening and his snappily
    >titled "Adobe Photoshop CS2 for Photographers: A Professional Image
    >Editor's Guide to the Creative Use of Photoshop for the Macintosh and
    >PC." It assumes a bit more knowledge of Photoshop and is a lot less
    >irreverent than the Selby books. It also pushes detail (both technical
    >detail and image detail) a good bit further.


    I have both the Kelby and Evening books and find they complement each
    other - Evening has more detail and says what PS does, Kelby shows you
    how.. (I found his Bridge and RAW chapters the better of the two).

    Brian
     
    Brian, Dec 15, 2006
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  9. Tim

    Paul Mitchum Guest

    "Tim" <no > wrote:

    > Hi
    >
    > Can anyone tell me if there is a particular Photoshop book which stands out
    > of the crowd? [..]


    "Photoshop LAB Color: The Canyon Conundrum and Other Adventures in the
    Most Powerful Colorspace" by Dan Margulis
     
    Paul Mitchum, Dec 16, 2006
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  10. Tim

    Tim Guest

    > "Tim" <no > wrote:
    >
    >> Hi
    >>
    >> Can anyone tell me if there is a particular Photoshop book which
    >> stands out of the crowd? [..]

    >
    > "Photoshop LAB Color: The Canyon Conundrum and Other Adventures in the
    > Most Powerful Colorspace" by Dan Margulis



    Thanks for your help, looks like it's Scott Kelby for starters and then see
    where we go from there.

    Cheers

    Tim

    --
    http://www.timdenning.myby.co.uk/
     
    Tim, Dec 17, 2006
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  11. In article <j0ahh.17696$>,
    "Tim" <no > wrote:

    > > "Tim" <no > wrote:
    > >
    > >> Hi
    > >>
    > >> Can anyone tell me if there is a particular Photoshop book which
    > >> stands out of the crowd? [..]

    > >
    > > "Photoshop LAB Color: The Canyon Conundrum and Other Adventures in the
    > > Most Powerful Colorspace" by Dan Margulis

    >
    >
    > Thanks for your help, looks like it's Scott Kelby for starters and then see
    > where we go from there.


    Hope you can stand his style.

    --
    There are two ways to spell Ockham/Occam. Britannica prefers the former.
     
    Ockham's Razor, Dec 17, 2006
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