Photoshop Manuals for All Levels
A common question is:
"Which is the best of the Photoshop manuals for beginners?"
A reasonable question; unfortunately there is not a simple answer.
With dozens of books on photoshop on the market, very few stand out as being particularly good for beginners.
Many books are too elaborate and don't present their information in the most accessible manner. Once you know a fair bit about the programme then there are many useful sources.
Below are a few Photoshop manuals carefully selected to help the building of skills from beginner to advance levels.These Photoshop manuals are recommended for their clarity and simplicity.
They are suitable for various levels - beginners, intermediates and advanced.
Photoshop In A Day - CS6
- Save time and effort with this easy-learning system
- A complete Photoshop guide for people who hate normal manuals
- Billed as "The Easiest Way to Learn Photoshop in the Universe"
- Complete beginners can start progressing almost immediately
- No confusion with the step-by-step instructions
- Jargon-free and well illustrated to help clarity
- Clear and concise exercises are easy to follow
- All the latest features in CS6 are explained and illustrated. Methods for older versions of Photoshop are also covered
- Information is introduced gradually for progressive learning
- Will take the user from beginner to advanced level
- Many good tips for experienced users as well
- Sold as an e-book and great value. Unfortunately there is no hard copy version, but it can be printed out.
Photoshop CS6 in Easy Steps
- Probably the most basic of the Photoshop manuals for beginners on the market
- A modest book which does offer its information in a clear, simple and bright manner
- Good and solid on basics
- The tutorials are well laid out and don't get too complicated too soon
- The reader is given time to absorb facts and methods in a gradual manner
- A good buy for someone starting from position zero
- Most people will soon outgrow this book.
By Robert Shufflebotham
Brilliant Photoshop CS6
- Numbered step-by-step tasks in small manageable junks
- Well illustrated with colour screenshots
- Expert tips and advice throughout
- Comprehensive troubleshooting guide
- Detailed Index and Contents pages
- Overall, good for beginners and beyond.
By Steve Johnson
Photoshop CS6 Bible
- The latest part of the well-established 'Bible' series from wiley.com
- As with most manuals, it takes a while to get going. Much of the first chapter should be skimmed over and returned to later.
- The style is clear and relaxed.A substantial volume of over 1000 pages
- The order of some of the topics is rather strange, however; for example, there is a lot of technical stuff about file types quite early on, while creating selections doesn't come until chapter 9 and Layers in chapter 10
- As a whole, it is thorough, comprehensive and expert with good visuals
- Can be a bit wordy and more use of bulleted tutorials rather than continuous text would hel
- Overall, a good bible but not the best book to start with.
By Brad Dayley & DaNae Dayley
The Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers
A good book but not the best for real beginners. The first chapter is about Mini Bridge, which you can live without for a while. Beginners want to start working on images immediately. The next four chapters deal with Camera Raw. All right anyone saving the Raw file will find it opening up here, where some editing can be done. Editing in Photoshop rather than Camera Raw is easier to come to terms with and more comprehensive. Apart from that . . .
- A step-by-step Photoshop manual with a wealth of colour illustrations
- Designed to deal with particular tasks on a "how-to" basis
- Functions are described as realistic tasks such as those photographers need to do
- Lots of shortcuts and tricks of the trade used by the pros
- A decent second manual after you've done some basics.
By Scott Kelby
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