Can anyone recommend a *good* Photoshop CS2 book?

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by Dot Proulx, Jun 9, 2005.

  1. Dot Proulx

    Dot Proulx Guest

    I'm not exactly a newbie at Photoshop, but I'm still really an amateur. And
    I learn best from books. Can anyone recommend a really good one for CS2?

    Thanks,
    Dot
     
    Dot Proulx, Jun 9, 2005
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    Craig Flory Guest

    You will never go wrong with a book by Scott Kelby. And Daniel Giordan has
    good books on Photoshop. I own several by Scott on CS and one by Dan and all
    are very good. I'm sure people who own CS2 will give you good titles but
    these two men write great Photoshop books. Scott Kelby is the head of NAPP
    ... the National Association of Photoshop Professionals and really knows his
    stuff.
    Craig Flory
     
    Craig Flory, Jun 9, 2005
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    Hecate Guest


    Then again, you'll never go right either :) And that's if you can
    stand the extremely unfunny and corny text.
    If it's flashy and you might use it once in a lifetime. :)

    Try the Adobe Classroom in a Book. It'll give you a good grounding in
    Photoshop. Then go to a book store (even if you're going to buy
    online) and browse the books, read a little and buy one that appeals
    to you.

    --

    Hecate - The Real One

    Fashion: Buying things you don't need, with money
    you don't have, to impress people you don't like...
     
    Hecate, Jun 9, 2005
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  4. Dot Proulx

    Hunt Guest

    Dot,

    You might also give some info as to how you plan on using PS, and what you
    want it to do for you. Many of the books are geared toward one aspect, or
    another. This does not mean that there isn't something to be learned from
    most, only that you might get more out of a tome designed for how you want PS
    to perform.

    For instance, if you are a photographer, or work with photographer's work in
    pre-press, or image assembly for CMYK printing, I'd recommend Adobe Photoshop
    XX (fill in the version that you have) Studio Techniques, Ben Wilmore, Adobe
    Press.

    Hecate's suggestion of CIAB is probably the first place to start, then move on
    from there. Unfortunately, I do not know Craig's suggested books, but bet they
    are excellent, as well.

    Hunt
     
    Hunt, Jun 10, 2005
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  5. Dot Proulx

    Dot Proulx Guest

    Good idea, Hunt. BTW, I've found this newsgroup invaluable for picking up
    tips. If I had time to read all the postings, I probably wouldn't need a
    book.

    I'm a decidedly amateur but serious photographer who has generally gotten
    better over the last 30 years of "taking pictures." I love both my Nikon
    N70 and my D100. Most photos are taken at family events, vacations, dog
    shows, or just messing around in my gardens at home. --nothing in studios,
    nothing for the printing industry.

    I've used computers for even longer, so it's a natural fit to want to
    combine the two hobbies. I used to scan in my photos to work on them in
    Photoshop, but digital makes it so much easier...

    I use Photoshop to enhance my own work for my own use. I often do color
    corrections and use levels for less than perfect lighting--and to make the
    photos "pop." I crop for better composition. So what I want is to learn
    features of this very complicated program and which is best for what I'm
    trying to do.

    Dot

    | In article <d89se3$7uu$>,
    says...
    | >
    | >I'm not exactly a newbie at Photoshop, but I'm still really an amateur.
    And
    | >I learn best from books. Can anyone recommend a really good one for CS2?
    | >
    | >Thanks,
    | >Dot
    |
    | Dot,
    |
    | You might also give some info as to how you plan on using PS, and what you
    | want it to do for you. Many of the books are geared toward one aspect, or
    | another. This does not mean that there isn't something to be learned from
    | most, only that you might get more out of a tome designed for how you want
    PS
    | to perform.
    |
    | For instance, if you are a photographer, or work with photographer's work
    in
    | pre-press, or image assembly for CMYK printing, I'd recommend Adobe
    Photoshop
    | XX (fill in the version that you have) Studio Techniques, Ben Wilmore,
    Adobe
    | Press.
    |
    | Hecate's suggestion of CIAB is probably the first place to start, then
    move on
    | from there. Unfortunately, I do not know Craig's suggested books, but bet
    they
    | are excellent, as well.
    |
    | Hunt
    |
     
    Dot Proulx, Jun 10, 2005
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  6. Dot Proulx

    Dot Proulx Guest

    Oh, and I should have added that I've scanned in the family photo archive
    that goes back to about 1900. Some of these photos need a lot of help, as
    you can imagine.
    Dot

    | Good idea, Hunt. BTW, I've found this newsgroup invaluable for picking up
    | tips. If I had time to read all the postings, I probably wouldn't need a
    | book.
    |
    | I'm a decidedly amateur but serious photographer who has generally gotten
    | better over the last 30 years of "taking pictures." I love both my Nikon
    | N70 and my D100. Most photos are taken at family events, vacations, dog
    | shows, or just messing around in my gardens at home. --nothing in
    studios,
    | nothing for the printing industry.
    |
    | I've used computers for even longer, so it's a natural fit to want to
    | combine the two hobbies. I used to scan in my photos to work on them in
    | Photoshop, but digital makes it so much easier...
    |
    | I use Photoshop to enhance my own work for my own use. I often do color
    | corrections and use levels for less than perfect lighting--and to make the
    | photos "pop." I crop for better composition. So what I want is to learn
    | features of this very complicated program and which is best for what I'm
    | trying to do.
    |
    | Dot
    |
    | || In article <d89se3$7uu$>,
    | says...
    || >
    || >I'm not exactly a newbie at Photoshop, but I'm still really an amateur.
    | And
    || >I learn best from books. Can anyone recommend a really good one for
    CS2?
    || >
    || >Thanks,
    || >Dot
    ||
    || Dot,
    ||
    || You might also give some info as to how you plan on using PS, and what
    you
    || want it to do for you. Many of the books are geared toward one aspect, or
    || another. This does not mean that there isn't something to be learned from
    || most, only that you might get more out of a tome designed for how you
    want
    | PS
    || to perform.
    ||
    || For instance, if you are a photographer, or work with photographer's work
    | in
    || pre-press, or image assembly for CMYK printing, I'd recommend Adobe
    | Photoshop
    || XX (fill in the version that you have) Studio Techniques, Ben Wilmore,
    | Adobe
    || Press.
    ||
    || Hecate's suggestion of CIAB is probably the first place to start, then
    | move on
    || from there. Unfortunately, I do not know Craig's suggested books, but bet
    | they
    || are excellent, as well.
    ||
    || Hunt
    ||
    |
    |
     
    Dot Proulx, Jun 10, 2005
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  7. Dot Proulx

    Hunt Guest

    [SNIP]

    Thank you. Now I stand by my "Studio Techniques" recommendation. There is
    another book (sorry, but I don't have a copy handy to give you the details)
    that covers "camera RAW" and is directed to RAW and PS - someone out there
    help me please. It has been highly recommended for that exact purpose.

    Do CIAB PSx, then do Studio Techniques, then look into the camera RAW book.
    Lastly, do you shoot RAW? If not, please consider doing so.

    Hunt
     
    Hunt, Jun 10, 2005
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  8. Dot Proulx

    Hunt Guest

    [SNIP]

    In this case, also look at "Photoshop Restoration and Retouching"
    by Katrin Eismann. I'd put this as a possible #3 in your Summer reading list.

    Hunt
     
    Hunt, Jun 10, 2005
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  9. Dot Proulx

    Dot Proulx Guest

    Thanks to all for the suggestions and guidance. I will look at each of
    these and select the ones I think most fit my needs.

    There's a book on Amazon that is titled "Real World Camera Raw with Adobe
    Photoshop CS2" by Bruce Fraser. Hunt, is this the one you mentioned?

    Thanks again,
    Dot

    | In article <d8bv95$865$>,
    says...
    | >
    | >Good idea, Hunt. BTW, I've found this newsgroup invaluable for picking
    up
    | >tips. If I had time to read all the postings, I probably wouldn't need a
    | >book.
    | >
    | >I'm a decidedly amateur but serious photographer who has generally gotten
    | >better over the last 30 years of "taking pictures." I love both my Nikon
    | >N70 and my D100. Most photos are taken at family events, vacations, dog
    | >shows, or just messing around in my gardens at home. --nothing in
    studios,
    | >nothing for the printing industry.
    | >
    | >I've used computers for even longer, so it's a natural fit to want to
    | >combine the two hobbies. I used to scan in my photos to work on them in
    | >Photoshop, but digital makes it so much easier...
    | >
    | >I use Photoshop to enhance my own work for my own use. I often do color
    | >corrections and use levels for less than perfect lighting--and to make
    the
    | >photos "pop." I crop for better composition. So what I want is to learn
    | >features of this very complicated program and which is best for what I'm
    | >trying to do.
    | >
    | >Dot
    | >
    | >| >| In article <d89se3$7uu$>,
    | >says...
    | [SNIP]
    | >|
    | >| For instance, if you are a photographer, or work with photographer's
    work
    | >in
    | >| pre-press, or image assembly for CMYK printing, I'd recommend Adobe
    | >Photoshop
    | >| XX (fill in the version that you have) Studio Techniques, Ben Wilmore,
    | >Adobe
    | >| Press.
    | >|
    | >| Hecate's suggestion of CIAB is probably the first place to start, then
    | >move on
    | >| from there.
    | [SNIP]
    |
    | Thank you. Now I stand by my "Studio Techniques" recommendation. There is
    | another book (sorry, but I don't have a copy handy to give you the
    details)
    | that covers "camera RAW" and is directed to RAW and PS - someone out there
    | help me please. It has been highly recommended for that exact purpose.
    |
    | Do CIAB PSx, then do Studio Techniques, then look into the camera RAW
    book.
    | Lastly, do you shoot RAW? If not, please consider doing so.
    |
    | Hunt
    |
     
    Dot Proulx, Jun 10, 2005
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    C Wright Guest

    The camera raw book to which I would guess that you are referring is 'Real
    World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS" by Bruce Fraser. While it does
    not cover the specific version of Camera Raw in CS2 it is still extremely
    helpful to anyone who shoots raw.
    Chuck
     
    C Wright, Jun 10, 2005
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  11. Dot Proulx

    Hunt Guest

    [SNIP]

    Yes, sorry that I could not come up with the title/author, but I was at the
    pool with the laptop and not in the office :)

    Hunt
     
    Hunt, Jun 11, 2005
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    Hecate Guest

    Hi again,

    For working on image restoration there is no better book (in fact
    there is no book as good as) Katrin Eismann's Photoshop Restoration
    and Retouching.

    --

    Hecate - The Real One

    Fashion: Buying things you don't need, with money
    you don't have, to impress people you don't like...
     
    Hecate, Jun 11, 2005
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  13. C Wright wrote:
    [snip]
    There is a new version for CS2. It is about 60% changed I think. (I
    haven't got mine yet, but the CS version was VERY useful indeed).
     
    Barry Pearson, Jun 11, 2005
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    Mick Brown Guest

    Anything by scott kelby is good too
     
    Mick Brown, Jun 12, 2005
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