THE BEST PHOTOSHOP BOOKS
Reviewed by D'Lynn Waldron, PhD. ©2013
Winner of the Golden Crane Award for lessons in the graphic arts
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Below are books I recommend for users of Photoshop. This list will be continually updated as new books and new editions of previous books come out.

BEST CLASSROOM BOOK

UNDERSTANDING ADOBE PHOTOSHOP: CS6: The Essential Techniques for Imaging Professionals [Paperback]
Author: Richard Harrington
320 pages, color illustrations, DVD
$59 ISBN 0321834623 Peachpit 2012
Member price: $31.49 www.peachpit.com

This is the book I would choose as a school text because it organizes and presents the information in way that makes it easy for the teacher to interact with the students, but at the same time it can be used for self-teaching.

It teaches the concepts behind all digital imaging and shows how they are applied in Photoshop. The DVD contains the lesson files, plus, what is unusual for Photoshop books, 4 1/2 hours of training videos and flash-based quizzes.

This book will not go out of date with the next version number change because it does not teach a specific version of Photoshop. For teachers that means not having to learn to use a new book every year and for students that is important because books are a big investment.

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BEST PHOTOSHOP COURSE

ADOBE PHOTOSHOP CS6 CLASSROOM IN A BOOK
432 pages, all color, DVD-ROM with lesson files
$49.99 ISBN 0321827333 Peachpit 2012

This is the compreshensive course developed with Adobe that in 16 lessons, with review questions, will bring you to expert level in all the Photoshop essentials. The design of this new CS2 edition of the book has larger, all full color illustrations and a very attractive new page layout. If you want to learn Photoshop in depth, in a structured course, this is certainly the book for you.

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THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PHOTOSHOP BOOK- THE PERFECT GIFT

THE ART OF PHOTOSHOP FOR DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHERS
Author: Daniel Giordan
Large format 288 pages, all color
$39.99 ISBN 0672327139 Sams 2006
www.samspublishing.com

I have been reviewing computer books for almost twenty years, and this is the most beautiful Photoshop book I have ever seen.

Daniel Giordan has always been my favorite Photoshop author for his clarity and organization, and with this book he brings together his Photoshop expertise, his skills as a digital photographer, his art school training in traditional media, and his love of the land of his ancestors, Italy. He traveled through Tuscany taking photos. He then created a book to instruct and inspire the digital photographer and he also shares with the reader the pleasures of traveling through Tuscany.

This book taught me new techniques to use in Photoshop and reminded me of things I had been neglecting that will optimize my digital photography, such as having my camera display histograms and using an off-camera shutter release when I am using a tripod to eliminate the camera movement from pressing a shutter button.

The design team is to be praised for creating a book design that is in itself an aesthetic pleasure. Daniel Giordan designed the cover and a David Giordan is listed as a designer of the interior.

This book makes the perfect gift for a photographer who uses Photoshop. A really great gift would include a holiday in Italy because after reading this book and looking at the marvelous variety of beautiful subjects, you will certainly want to take your own trip through Tuscany.

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BEST COMPREHENSIVE BOOK ON PHOTOSHOP FOR DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHERS

ADOBE PHOTOSHOP CS6 BOOK FOR DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHERS
Author: Scott Kelby
large format, 480 pages, all color
$39.99 ISBN: 0321823745 Peachpit 2012

This must-have book provides step by step instructions for using Photoshop when working with digital photographs. It explains how to use the facilities in Photoshop and then how to apply them to solving the problems that you may encounter with digital photographs, such as the 'noise' (colored speckles) in photographs taken in low light, by using Lab color controls. There is excellent material on retouching and enhancing portraits.

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BEST PHOTOSHOP FOR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS

PHOTOSHOP FOR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS DVD
Author: Scott Kelby
DVD
$49.99 ISBN 0321348699 Peachpit 2005
Member price: $34.99 www.peachpit.com

This is a very useful DVD that will help wedding photographers create albums that really impress, including the popular storybooks.

The DVD begins by showing you the basic building blocks you will use in Photoshop including ghosting, colorizing, and/or desaturating around selected parts of the image, adding glows, spotlighting, using adjustment layers compositing layers .

You are then shown how to create design templates that you can use over and over again, for color cutaway, multi-photo stack, photo blends and storybook effects

There is also a handy chapter on how to created a slide show in Adobe Acrobat to show your client the proofs, from which the client cannot remove or print the photos.

The demonstrations in Photoshop are very clear and easy to understand and do yourself. The one aesthetic problem with this DVD is the very poor quality of the sound recording which has breath pops all the way through.

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BEST IN-DEPTH VISUAL PRESENTATION OF PHOTOSHOP

ADOBE PHOTOSHOP CS2 ON DEMAND
Author: Steve Johnson
large format, 608 pages, all color
$39.99 ISBN: 0789749335 QUE 2012

This is an excellent and comprehensive book of instructions for using Photoshop. Most Photoshop users are visually oriented and this book is an excellent way for them to learn. Each page presents a different Photoshop function- over 480 of them! The steps are numbered and illustrated in a handsome layout. Learn everything in this book and you are probably ready to take the Adobe Certified Expert exam.

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BEST PHOTOSHOP BOOK FOR COMPOSITING

PHOTOSHOP MASKING & COMPOSITING
Author: Katrin Eismann
504 pages, color illustrations.
$59.99 ISBN 0321701003 New Riders 2012

Anyone who wishes to do photo-digital illustration professionally must be very skilled at compositing. This is an excellent book on the subject by a marvelous author of Photoshop books. No matter how much you already know you will learn new and valuable things from this book.
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BEST PHOTOSHOP RESTORATION AND RETOUCHING BOOK

PHOTOSHOP RESTORATION AND RETOUCHING
Authors: Katrin Eismann with Wayne Palmer
460 pages, color illustrations.
$49.99 ISBN 0-032131627-4 New Riders 2006
Member price: $34.99 www.newriders.com

This is an absolutely marvelous book and a must-have for everyone who does photo retouching or restoration in Photoshop.

This book is comprehensive, clearly written by a real expert, and very well illustrated with step by step examples of photos and screen shots of the Photoshop facilities. No matter how well you know Photoshop restoration and retouching you will learn many very useful things from this book.

The topics covered include: Removing dust, mars and other damage. Reconstructing torn and partial photos. Correcting, restoring and enhancing color. Hand tinting and sepia toning. Improving contrast and tonal values. Sharpening. Compositing. Improving and substituting backgrounds. Retouching faces for both portraits and glamour illustrations

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SPECIAL CHOICE FOR ARTISTS

(digital) TEXTURING AND PAINTING
Author: Owen Demers
334 pages, color Illus., Mac/Win CD
$55 ISBN 0-7357-0918-1 New Riders
www.newriders.com

This is one of the best art instruction books I have ever read. The first half of this book is of great value to artists in all media, and the second half is of special value to artists who create textures to be used on 3D computer graphic images. The title of the book has 'digital' in small letters and brackets because this is a book for artists in all media.

Demers uses his personal passion for textures to teach you how to use your eyes as an artist should. He takes examples from everything from old wood to Old Masters, to show you how to see, appreciate, create and apply textures.

The lessons directly related to 3D are not about a specific program, but are about the creative process that goes into selecting and applying textures in any 3D project. The Mac/Win CD with this book is genuinely very valuable because it is filled with examples and projects, and includes the full files with all their Photoshop layers.

Owen Demers is an art director in New York who is very involved in creating textures for 3D projects. He is a born teacher, though he has never been a teacher by profession. Let us hope he will do more books like this to instruct and inspire artists in all media.

I would urge that the first half of this book be issued as a separate volume because it would be an enduring classic.

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