I have Photoshop cs5 and just purchased an upgrade cd for cs6, as I now have more time and want to begin seriously trying to learn it. I struggled previously with my brief attempt to learn cs5. Can anyone recommend a good book/dvd for learning to use Photoshop?
There are lots of possibilities. Here are two. The first is the better choice for a beginner.
The Adobe Photoshop CS6 Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter) by Scott Kelby
Adobe Photoshop CS6 for Photographers: A professional image editor's guide to the creative use of Photoshop for the Macintosh and PC by Martin Evening
If books don't work well for you, perhaps videos will. I highly recommend Lynda.com. You can register per month or per year, and while a member you can view a series of videos on Photoshop and most other software in the world. I believe there is a trial offer.
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I am new to serious photography and Photoshop and I have Adobe's Photoshop CS6 Classroom in a book. It comes with a disk with all the photos on it that are in the book so you can follow along and make the different adjustments.
I also bought A Photographer's Guide To...RAW in Photoshop. This is by Photomasterclass. I didn't know how powerful Adobe Camera RAW was until I got this. It also has a disk with videos and photos.
Just a couple of things I bought that has helped me learn and continue to learn Photoshop/RAW.
When your mouth drops open, click the shutter. -- Harold Feinstein
I have stopped buying almost any type of photography book in favour of doing a quick internet search on virtually any question. There are so many people sharing information on the web that the answers can be found virtually instantaneously.
Further, in terms of becoming familiar with operation of the user interface it is hard to beat the thousands of YouTube and other video sources that not only tell us but also show us exactly what we are looking for.
I probably have close to 100 books that cover obsolete versions of hardware and software and now rarely go to the photography section of my favorite book store, although I still go to the book store a few times a month.