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Adobe Photoshop CIB (2023 Release) by Conrad Chavez

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Fri 03-Feb-23 12:02 PM | edited Sat 04-Feb-23 07:05 AM by Obregon
Adobe Photoshop Classroom in a Book (2023 Release) by Conrad Chavez

Even before I tell you why you might want to use this book, I need to qualify my advice.

I’ve been a serious photographer for almost three quarters of a century and a Photoshop user for more than 25 years. When I first started using Photoshop, it was virtually the only software worth having to adjust images on a computer. Nowadays, there are other tools available.

If you want to capture a memory you don’t need Photoshop. Almost any mobile phone will do a good job for you. Even if you want to adjust your images on a computer, you don’t need Photoshop. There are lots of software packages that will let you do rudimentary work like cropping and tonal adjustment, available for free or inexpensively. If you want to ratchet up your game past the easy stuff, start with Lightroom Classic, and master it. If finally you want to squeeze out that last bit of art in a picture, turn to Photoshop.

Assuming you want to use Photoshop, this book is as good an introduction as I’ve been able to find. One downloads image files from the publisher’s web site and then the chapters talk you through the manipulation of the file to enhance the picture by adjusting color, tonality and even shape. (You will need to rent Photoshop from Adobe). I recommend using the Web Edition (which is now available) of the book, so that you can just switch back and forth between the book and Photoshop. In addition, the Web version includes extras like videos showing the details. Keep the paper copy near your computer so that you can refer to it in your own projects.

You will move quite slowly through the exercises but have faith. You will be learning to fine-tune your image. (Still most of that can be done in Lightroom Classic, so start there.)

The book will show you where most of the switches and sliders that you need to process your photos are. It will not teach you just what adjustments you might make to fit your vision. If you hope to become a master, you will spend a substantial period of time learning that part of processing.

Adobe keeps adding new features to Photoshop, and experienced users may not find this the most economical way to learn how to use updated tools. In the old days, a few publishers actually put out books that just dealt with the new stuff. Still, I like to keep the current full book around when I need to refresh my memory on an old feature that I have not used in a while.

In any case if you are just getting into Photoshop this is a good way to learn the tools.