Best book to learn how to edit photos in Photoshop?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by kreuzberg, May 21, 2009.

  1. kreuzberg macrumors member

    Apr 23, 2009
    I recently got a copy of Photoshop and I was wondering if anyone knows the best book to learn how to process images?

    What I'm interested in doing is processing RAW images, learning how to touch up photos, and generally all the different effects and filters i can use and what they do. Nothing too hardcore, just ways to improve my pictures.

    I found this book on amazon

    and it seems to get good reviews, has anyone got it or used any other books to learn about Photoshop that they can recommend?

  2. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus


    Oct 8, 2002
    The Bamboo Forest

    I recently got Photoshop Elements 6 and have been using the tutorials off this site to learn a thing or two. You might also look in the design/graphics forum of this board as there is a sticky with links to sites with tutorials.
  3. kreuzberg thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 23, 2009

    Wow thanks for the quick reply!

    That website seems a little too good, theres just so many tutorials!

    I would still like a book though, just to have as a reference guide, and I just find it a bit easier to learn that way:eek:
  4. Edge100 macrumors 68000

    May 14, 2002
    Where am I???
  5. yaroldb macrumors 6502

    Feb 21, 2007
    I'd recommend There is a ton of Photoshop stuff there and they are in leason forms. So they actually teach you what things do vs other totorials that teach you how to do something by following directions. It's $25 per month and you can learn at your own pace. Movies are about 10 minutes long.

    Hope that helps.
  6. csau06 macrumors newbie

    May 23, 2006
    Scott Kelby's books are very good

    Like Edge100, I also think Scott Kelby's books are very good. In addition to the one above, also have a look at Photoshop for Digital Photographers. If you don't have Photoshop CS4, there are ones for earlier versions of Photoshop.
  7. kreuzberg thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 23, 2009
    Thanks for the feedback guys, I'm just heading down now to my local bookstore to see if either of those books are in stock.
  8. luminosity macrumors 65816


    Jan 10, 2006
    You can always call, you know.
  9. termina3 macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2007
    I like the Classroom in a Book series by Adobe Press... the catch is that it will not give you a step-by-step for every possibility, only a very, very solid foundation for handling almost everything.
  10. jaduffy108 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 12, 2005
    #10 is a ($25) no brainer and FAR better than any book on the market. is also good, but specific to retouching, I would go with Orwig's classes on McClelland's classes on masking....excellent.

    Classroom in a Book? Very basic and limited in scope.! :)
  11. kreuzberg thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 23, 2009

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