If you ask a photographer what their editing software is, many will probably say 'Photoshop'. Why? Well, Adobe Photoshop is packed with tools and features that make it easy, when you know how to edit and tweak photos.
However, if you're new to photo editing, you may look at Photoshop's interface and wonder: 'how the hell do I use this?' (don't worry; we've all been there!) and this is where a good tutorial based book can be a big help.
To kick-start your Photoshop journey, here are 18 Adobe Photoshop books that are full of handy tips and useful guides. Even if you're not new to Photoshop you may find some of the advice listed useful so they're still well-worth checking out.
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Adobe Photoshop CC for Photographers 2018
Adobe Photoshop CC for Photographers by acclaimed digital imaging professional Martin Evening has been revamped to include detailed instruction for all of the updates to Photoshop CC on Adobe’s Creative Cloud, including significant new features, such as the painting tool and Pen path tool refinements and Range Masking in Camera Raw. This guide covers all the tools and techniques photographers and professional image editors need to know when using Photoshop, from workflow guidance to core skills to advanced techniques for professional results. Using clear, succinct instruction and real-world examples, this guide is the essential reference for Photoshop users.
The 'For Dummies' guides are very popular and cover lots of different subjects. This Photoshop CC edition is packed with information on powerful tools to help you manage and enhance your images. Learn the basics of Photoshop then use your new knowledge to fix common photo flaws and more. Photoshop CC gives clear explanations of the menus, panels, tools, options, and shortcuts you′ll use the most as well as advice on the various techniques you can use to enhance your photos.
Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book
The project-based lessons in this book show users step-by-step the key techniques for working in Photoshop and how to correct, enhance, and distort digital images, create image composites, and prepare images for print and the web.
The online companion files include all the necessary assets for readers to complete the projects featured in each chapter as well as ebook updates when Adobe releases new features for Creative Cloud customers.
The Adobe Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers 2017
Scott Kelby uncovers more of the latest, most important, and most useful Adobe Photoshop techniques for photographers. This update to his award-winning, record-breaking book focuses on 'how to do it' rather than offering pages of theory. Scott shows you step-by-step the techniques used by professional photographers when editing images. This includes which settings to use, when to use them and why so there's no confusion.
Photoshop CC Essentials for Photographers
This instructive guide features 20 chapters which walk you through the various tools and features Photoshop CC has to offer. Plus, there is bonus video content to access once you've purchased the book. It's informative, educational and easy to read - everything you want from a 'how to' guide.
Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book 2015
This title comes from Adobe Press and it's a project-based book that has step-by-step techniques for working in Photoshop. As well as tutorials, the book comes with online companion files so you can complete the projects featured in each chapter and those who purchase the book also get access to the web edition that features video and interactive multiple-choice quizzes. When Adobe releases new features for Creative Cloud customers, the ebook version of the book gets updated, too.
How Do I Do That in Photoshop?
A follow up to: How Do I Do That in Lightroom?, this book takes on the same, best-selling format as its predecessor which is: you need to know how to do a particular thing, you turn to the chapter where it would be found, find the thing you need to do and Scott Kelby tells you exactly how to do. There's no complicated jargon just easy to follow instructions to help you with your image editing.
Adobe Photoshop CC for Photographers
Adobe Photoshop CC for Photographers is written by acclaimed digital imaging professional Martin Evening. This guide covers all the tools and techniques photographers and professional image editors need to know when using Photoshop CC. Everything from workflow guidance to core skills and advanced techniques are covered. Clear instruction using real-world examples make the book easy to follow and as a bonus, there are video tutorials, extra chapters and sample photos available for viewing on photoshopforphotographers.com.
The Photoshop Workbook: Professional Retouching and Compositing Tips, Tricks, and Techniques
Written by Glyn Dewis, this book offers step-by-step Photoshop techniques along with advice on when to apply them. Plus, there are six complete, start-to-finish projects to follow so you can see exactly how each technique works. To do this, there are images you can download to work along with the book.
The Adobe Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers
Another title from Scott Kelby but this one is slightly older but this shouldn't put you off purchasing it as it still covers the most useful Adobe Photoshop techniques for digital photographers. As with all of Scott's tutorial books, this follows a step-by-step design that's easy to follow and there's also a chapter that looks at Scott's own workflow. All of the images used in the book are available for download on the book's companion webpage along with four bonus chapters.
Adobe Photoshop CS6 Classroom in a Book
Those who are still using Adobe Photoshop CS6 may find this 'Classroom in a Book' from the Adobe Creative Team at Adobe Press useful. There are 14 projects in this book that follow the popular step-by-step style and covers the key techniques for working in Photoshop CS6 and how to manipulate images, edit motion-based content and create image composites. As well as the book, there's a DVD that features 2 hours of free video tutorials which are also all about Photoshop CS6.
Photoshop: From Beginner to Expert
This book is available on Kindle only but it's a good guide for beginners who want to learn everything from understanding the interface of Photoshop right through to how you can use the tools offered to modify your photos. It's split into 5 chapters that are easy to follow and at £2,29, or free if you have kindleunlimited, it's a bit of a bargain.
Photoshop Layers: Professional Strength Image Editing
This book's not an overall look at Photoshop instead, it takes a closer look at what layers are and how you can use them (useful if you've never worked with them before). The book is split into 3 sections: how to work with layers, understanding masks and the benefits of blending modes. Supporting the book is a collection of images which can be downloaded from the author's website. These are the same images used throughout the book to illustrate exercises so that you can follow on your own computer. The book contains 17 learning exercises, 3 full-length worked examples for you to follow and 134 illustrations.
Photoshop: The Photoshop Handbook: Simple Ways to Create Visually Stunning and Breathtaking Photos
Available in both Kindle and paperback formats, this book is all about enhancing images in Photoshop. Learn what various functions do as well as how to use them. There are tutorials to follow along with as well as general tips that will just help you edit your photos quicker and with more expertise.
Adobe Master Class: Advanced Compositing in Photoshop: Bringing the Impossible to Reality with Bret Malley
This book's more about making creative compositions rather than learning the basics of what Photoshop has to offer. The author, Bret Malley, shares the techniques he uses to create his compositions, showing you how to make seemingly impossible scenarios come to life. This is a fun, informative guide that walks through all the necessary stages of making all kinds of unique creations.
Photoshop CS6 All-in-One For Dummies
This is actually 8 mini books in one and it covers all of the basics for beginners as well as advanced techniques such as modifying and transforming selections and paths, making corrections with filters and using the liquefy command.
The Hidden Power of Adjustment Layers in Adobe Photoshop
In this book, Scott Valentine demonstrates how to use adjustment layers in Photoshop through hands-on examples, explaining why the techniques work and how to adapt them for your specific needs. Scott uses a straightforward teaching style and there's a quick-reference guide that features before-and-after images for easy comparison.
Essential Photoshop: How to use 9 essential tools and techniques to transform your photography
This book focuses on a few of the essential tools needed to quickly and easily transform images in Photoshop. By following this book you will learn a complete workflow that can be applied to every image you want to improve. Essential adjustments are looked at in detail as well as ways to edit in a non-destructive way.