I am currently using Photoshop CS5 but will soon upgrade to CS6. I will also probably add Lightroom 4. I have used Scott Kelby and Martin Evening books for Photoshop and have been satisfied with both. However, before buying new instuctional books for these applications I would like to know which books you think are best for these applications. Please let me know what you recommend. I will appreciate any advice you are able to offer.
I can only speak regarding LR4 book - I have Martin Evening's LR4 book and it is very thorough. It is rather large being 679 pages but his format has tremendously helped me. It has very good graphics, tips, notes and examples. Good luck with your search.
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It sounds like you have some experience with Photoshop and perhaps Lightroom.
If you are already familiar with the basics, I strongly recommend the Martin Evening books. Also, I especially like "Photoshop CS6, The Missing Manual" by Lesa Snider. Lesa writes in a friendly almost chatty manner but provides excellent detail of the subject, too.
Both these books really come in handy as reference books when you need to look up some function that is new to you or you haven't tried for a while.
Kelby's LR books just seem too shallow on information for the long term. I say that as a purchaser of those books.
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I agree that Kelby's books are less detailed. I think that he designs them that way to serve a somewhat different purpose than books such as Evening's....more of a "try this" type approach. I have found both to be helpful for prior versions of PS.
I'm in the process of switching from using CNX2 to LR 4. I'm still doing the research and have found "The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Book" by Martin Evening to be very good. While reading the Lightroom book, I was impressed with the idea that the collection should be organized through the metadata and not through the physical folder structure. I got sidetracked into reorganizing my image collection and I'm now reading "The DAM Book" by Peter Krogh, a book about digital asset management.
I have Evening's Photoshop CS3, CS5 and CS6 books and find them to be very good. I decided not to use Lightroom so I have no need for the Lightroom book. However, if I were to buy a book on Lightroom 4 I would buy Martin Evening's.
I am currently reading LR4 by Martin Evening and concur with other posters that this book is very good.
The things that I have liked so far, is that he explains how he uses some settings and why certain settings more sense than others (in the tips .. at the side of a page). But also explains all the different possibilities provided by the software.
Wed 06-Mar-13 01:46 AM | edited Wed 06-Mar-13 01:49 AM by ClickCardo
I have Martin's book and agree with everybody that it is very good and complete. However I like Victoria Bampton's The Lightroom Missing FAQ book even better. I think you can find it at her site lightroomqueen.com and I got the e-book version.
I am currently working my way through Lesa Snider's CS6 Book. I have reached the halfway point and have found the book to be very thorough and an easy read. I have not had any experience with Martin Evening's books, so I can't comment other than to say that a lot of Nikonians seem happy with them. Snider and Kelby's books were available locally so I went with Snider. I bought the book because I took advantage of Adobe's free CS2 download. I already had a lot of experience with Elements so there was an immediate benefit to using a more detailed book.
I converted to Lightroom about 12 months ago and used Kelby's book. I found that very good because I had no experience with the program, and the book got me up and running quickly. As you are already an experienced Photoshop user, I would not bother with Scott Kelby's book.