I'm looking into getting a good book on Photoshop and was wondering if anyone has some suggestions. i have a decent foundation in coloring, and know most of the tools pretty well, but I'm looking for a book that's got a bit more information than the manual. I'd like to learn some more about digital illustration (just got a wacom) and I'd also like to learn some more about photo editing... Any ideas?
Last edited by krikkit13; 01-16-2006 at 05:43 AM.
Yes, Im curious about what books are there on photoshop, good question there krikkit!
So I went to Barnes and Noble today to browse the Photoshop section and found a few interesting books, but nothing that was exactly what I was looking for - I thumbed through them, but didn't buy, because $50 is a lot to spend for a book I'm not sure I want... Here they are:
This one was all about painting, but it didn't touch at all on the other capabilities of PS:
This one was decent, but very short. It was also more of a "this is how I made this image" book than an intructional book or tutorial:
This book looked really excellent, and I'm sure I'll pick it up at some point, but it was focused almost entirely on photo-manip and and that sort of thing. There was very little info on painting or drawing in PS:
Another thing you might try is to go to amazon.com or barnes and noble.com (I think amazon is usually better here) and read some people's reviews of different photoshop books. If you cut through the people who priase the book and give it five stars for no real reason, and also cut through the people who give it one star for no apparant reason, then there is usually some very good information about the book.
A lot of times I will go to the store, flip through some books, then come home and see what others are saying about the ones I liked because you can't really get a good feel for a book until you are really into it I think. Unfortunately, $50 seems to be the norm for computer books and it IS a lot of money so you don't want to buy it only to find out it doesn't present the information well.
I have been checking out these types of books from the library. The Seattle Public Library has some pretty up to date books. That way I can really get a good preview before I buy them. I don't own any photoshop books, but the Visual Quick Start guides have treated me well for other programs, especially when I have some experience in the software.