Books?

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by Steven, Sep 18, 2011.

  1. Steven

    Steven Guest

    Hi, is there one book anyone could recommend that covers Photoshop CS3+,
    the target audience are beginners?

    They know how to take photos and get them onto a computer but don't know
    anything about imaging with Photoshop.

    Look forward to any responses,
    Steve
     
    Steven, Sep 18, 2011
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    Savageduck Guest

    Check Amazon.
     
    Savageduck, Sep 18, 2011
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    Carrie Guest

    There's Photoshop CS3 for Dummies, and CIB (Classroom in a Book)
    I have them, but they are kind of boring (LOL) I mean they just go one
    thing to another. What I feel I learned a lot from, I got the beginners
    (basic) and then a 2nd one, from Lynda.com. They are Quicktime Videos where
    someone actually shows you step by step (and they don't miss any little
    thing) you can see it and do it along. With practice files. I don't know if
    that would work with what you are doing. And I have a 2nd monitor on my PC
    so I can play the video on one and open/do the program on another. There are
    a lot of video tutorials (free) on YouTube, too. You would probably have to
    go over them and see which are good ones, and for beginneers, etc. I spend a
    lot of time looking for tutorials, before I even attempt them.
     
    Carrie, Sep 18, 2011
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  4. Steven

    Steven Guest

    Thanks, but I was really looking for some personal experiences of the book.
     
    Steven, Sep 18, 2011
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  5. Steven

    Steven Guest

    Thank you very much Carrie, a genuinely helpful response.
     
    Steven, Sep 18, 2011
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    Savageduck Guest

    I wish I could give you a personal review, but once I moved from PS7
    through CS2, & CS 4 to CS5 I relied on some of the available video
    tutorials and some more specialized book such as Matt Kosklowski's
    "Layers", which is very good for any user of most versions of CS and I
    would recommend when you feel up to it. Also available from Amazon.

    For those specific to CS3 I would suggest checking some of the user
    reviews in Amazon.
    I see you are in the UK, so a search of Amazon.co.uk for CS3 specific
    books comes up with a few which might find worth recommending, starting
    with Scott Kelby's "Adobe Photoshop CS3 Book for Digital
    Photographers". I have several of his books and he has a style which is
    easy to follow.
    < http://tinyurl.com/4xffark >

    There are other authors I am not familiar with, and I see they have
    some other books bundled.
    < http://tinyurl.com/3f32ztl >
    and
    < http://tinyurl.com/3bzjbgd >
     
    Savageduck, Sep 18, 2011
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    Carrie Guest

    I remember being a beginner, and still feel like it in a lot of ways, so I
    know what you mean. What I find about the books, though (and maybe just me)
    I get bored with the start at the beginning and go through the tools... go
    through whatever... and finally at some point get to the fun parts. I know,
    the basics are important, and it really helps to know what to do, when you
    want to do something (specific) but maybe even with a book, and doing it
    that way, you could also look online like "free tutorials beginner PS CS3"
    and see what you get. Screen them first and see what seems good. The video
    ones are good, but sometimes they talk very fast (and assume you know more,
    like where something they are doing IS) and sometimes they don't have sound
    with them, just show it- or with subtitles, and I'm trying to DO whatever it
    is and read that at the same time.
    But there are tutorials that are fun to do, like several different ways of
    turning fat text into a picture ( one is clipping mask) you write on the
    picture and then lift the text off, copy/paste onto plain or black
    background. I'd tell you how to do it, but there are several ways, and I've
    tried a few, but found them in google.
    Just saying the basics are good, but learning by doing is good, too.
    Just things I did fooling around after doing tutoirals for this.

    http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z189/starchild_dreams2/vermont_mtn.jpg

    http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z189/starchild_dreams2/blossom_time_black.jpg
     
    Carrie, Sep 18, 2011
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    Ulysses Guest

    "> Hi, is there one book anyone could recommend that covers Photoshop CS3+,
    here s my suggestion
    check out the tutorials that comes with photoshop
    load any picture onto the program, then go to the toolbar
    and start playing with the icons and see for yourself what they do
    don't save it, close the file, and load another,
    if you like find the list of icons on the web
    continue loading files, don't save
    i am far from being good at it, but experiment is the best policy
    then go to bookstore and buy "photoshop for windows"
    publisher is "Peachtree Press" It's about $20
    remember it is a reference book and not a class room book
     
    Ulysses, Sep 18, 2011
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    tony cooper Guest


    Based on how you phrased your question, CS3 is the first version of
    Photoshop you've ever used. In that case, you really don't need a
    book about CS3, and a book about CS3 may discourage you from learning.
    Any book about any recent versions of Photoshop concentrates on the
    features new to that version and assumes you already have a grasp on
    the basic features that were in earlier versions.

    I'd suggest you go to the library or a used book store and look for
    any *old* book on Photoshop that deals with Version 5.0 or earlier.
    Look for a book about basic Photoshop techniques. This type of book
    will be cheaper, and will be more useful in learning the basic
    technique.

    If you are intent on a specific author, then consider Scott Kelby's
    book "The Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers".

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-list...ie=UTF8&qid=1316390010&sr=1-14&condition=used
    where you can buy the book for under $5.00.

    If you ever master what's in this book, then buy a CS3 book.
     
    tony cooper, Sep 19, 2011
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    N Guest

    Will they all be buying a copy of Photoshop? Can they all afford such
    software?
     
    N, Sep 19, 2011
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  11. Steven

    Steve Guest

    They're all students so should qualify for educational licenses, however
    that would be for CS5. Unfortunately the centre I'm tutoring at only has
    CS3.
     
    Steve, Sep 19, 2011
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    Steve Guest

    Thanks Tony, I'll have a hunt for an earlier book version.
     
    Steve, Sep 19, 2011
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    Steve Guest

    Good advice I'll take a look, many thanks.
     
    Steve, Sep 19, 2011
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    Steve Guest

    Thanks for the advice and links, very helpful.
     
    Steve, Sep 19, 2011
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    Carrie Guest

    There are also the HELP files on top of PS that go over just about
    everything. Though kind of in a basic way.
    It might be a start.
     
    Carrie, Sep 19, 2011
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    Carrie Guest

    Amazon and Abebooks have really affordable (i.e. cheap) books for older
    versoins. Actually, I think PS CS6 is now out or coming out? So, in a way
    CS3 (which I really like, and got after version 7, and don't feel need to
    upgrade at least right now) is now getting into the "older" versions. I also
    like having a little older versions because the books are usually less.
     
    Carrie, Sep 19, 2011
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    Carrie Guest

    Maybe they will be taking turns with the same computer?
    Or, if it's a school setting, they might have one than one.
     
    Carrie, Sep 19, 2011
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  18. Steven

    Carrie Guest

    I tried a trial version of CS4 and CS5 and didn't like it. CS3 does
    everything I need or want to do. There are so many options to do anything
    with PS, it still requires imagination and creativity and learning to use
    the basics (layers, tools, etc) I used to have version 7 and thought that
    was advanced and could do so much. The basics are probably pretty much the
    same.
     
    Carrie, Sep 19, 2011
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  19. Steven

    N Guest

    What would be the point of learning how to use some software if you
    can't afford to have that software for later use?
     
    N, Sep 19, 2011
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    Carrie Guest

    Maybe later on they will be able to afford it? Kids in school learn a lot
    of stuff for use in later life.
    Maybe they have it on their computers at home.

     
    Carrie, Sep 19, 2011
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