PS book for beginners

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by Alan Justice, Sep 8, 2003.

  1. Alan Justice

    Alan Justice Guest

    I just started using PS 6.0. Can anyone reccommend a good book (PS for
    Dummies?) to get me started? For now all I want to do is scan photos (made
    elsewhere from my slides) and print them. (Ultimately I'll get an archival
    printer and a slide scanner for selling the prints.)
    Alan Justice, Sep 8, 2003
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    Bill Hilton Guest

    From: "Alan Justice"
    "Classroom in a Book" by Adobe takes you from beginner to low-intermediate
    pretty painlessly. Comes with a CD, work thru the examples and you'll pick it
    up quickly.
    A couple of good books for later on might include the following:

    "Photoshop Artistry" by Barry Haynes ... does a good job of explaining color
    management, how to scan with the popular Nikon and similar desktop scanners,
    how to work up the file for the best quality prints, and how to print with
    Epson inkjets. I learned more from this book than any other I've read just
    from working thru all the chapter lessons included on the CD.

    "Photoshop Restoration & Retouching" by Katrin Eismann goes into some topics
    photographers should know in more depth than Artistry, but doesn't cover color
    management, scanning or printing as well as Barry's book does. I would read it
    after Artistry.

    Bill Hilton, Sep 8, 2003
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    Lucrezia Guest

    If you're expecting to sell your prints, I'd recommend that you pick up
    a copy of Tim Daly's The Digital Printing Handbook.

    -Lucrezia Herman
    Lucrezia, Sep 9, 2003
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    proofit Guest

    I concur with Bill's recommendation for the books by Haynes and Eismann.
    I found Daly's book a complete waste of money and time. Instead of
    focusing only on printing as you would expect from its title, the book
    fills most of its pages on image editing and did a poor job at it.
    (Incidentally, Bob Sheppard's Epson Complete Guide to Digital Printing
    has the same problem.) Daly's book refer to actions to be downloaded
    from his web site, but none could be found there. He also would not
    respond to any inquiries about these missing actions.

    If you buy Daly's book, chances are you won't sell more prints. You
    will, however, try to auction the book off on eBay.
    proofit, Sep 9, 2003
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    Lucrezia Guest

    Difference of opinion. I found it useful. Not the best Photoshop book
    I've encountered (that would have to be Katrin Eismann's Photoshop
    Restoration & Retouching), but useful in terms of getting the best out
    of my printer, and printing was what the original poster was interested
    in. I haven't seen the 2nd edition of Eismann's book, but the 1st ed.
    doesn't concern itself with printing at all. I'm not familiar with the
    Haynes book, but will certainly check it out! Another on the
    to-check-out list is Harald Johnson's Mastering Digital Printing, so I'd
    be interested to hear what folks have to say about it.

    In general, I'm a fan of Daly's writing (he writes for a couple of the
    UK digital mags). Unlike many of his peers, he's capable of
    constructing clear step-by-step tutorials, and of explaining complex
    ideas in simple language. (And he's *not* of the "Put fairies at the
    bottom of your garden - it's fun and easy!" school of image editing.)
    Several of his articles are freely available at the Digital Camera
    magazine site:, including three on printing:
    Print Techniques - Creating a test strip

    Print Techniques - Correcting Colour Casts

    and Print Techniques - Calibrating Printing Paper

    Lucrezia, Sep 9, 2003
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    Chris Lowth Guest

    A list of the "top sellers" is at - these are Amazon's recent
    top 20. Hope this helps.
    Chris Lowth, Sep 10, 2003
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    Bill Hilton Guest

    From: Lucrezia
    I've read Harald's book pretty much cover to cover (also Eismann, Haynes,
    Caponigro, Blatner/Fraser, etc).

    My opinion is that it's an excellent high level survey of the current state of
    digital printing, with tons of useful info on printer technologies and brands,
    but if you're looking for a great deal of specific info on how to get the most
    from your desktop inkjet using Photoshop it's not the right book book. One
    example ... using USM skillfully is one way to get the most out of a print and
    most people learn several ways of doing it for different situations, but he
    skims it with one page. Or there's two pages on soft proofing ... don't get me
    wrong, it's a very good book for a high level overview, it's just not like the
    Eismann or Haynes books, with reams of hands on examples teaching specific
    Photoshop skills.

    Just my opinion, I'm sure others might have a different slant, especially if
    they're on Harald's Yahoo group :)

    Bill Hilton, Sep 10, 2003
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    Warren Sarle Guest

    I think it is a very useful book, but it's not a Photoshop book, and I
    it has more information than most non-professionals will want about things
    like $100K printers.
    Warren Sarle, Sep 10, 2003
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    BouncingS99 Guest

    Im partial to the HOT series..the hands on training series of
    books...also there is a visual quick start series as well which i find
    very interesting and helpful.
    BouncingS99, Sep 11, 2003
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    proofit Guest

    I wholeheartedly agree with your comparison. I felt the same way about
    the books by Daly and Sheppard in my previous post, but you said it much

    In my personal experience, many books provide an overview on PS tools
    and printing. The authors seem to be doing little beyond regurgitating
    the users' manuals or the online tutorials. Often times, these books
    miss the finer details of how these tools and processes actually work.
    Not knowing these details is the major stumbling block that keeps me
    from getting that final 5% optimal results in PS editing and printing.
    Paying $50 for a book that gets me there is cheap, paying $5 for a book
    that does not is expensive.
    proofit, Sep 11, 2003
  11. Don't waste your money. Start with Real World Photoshop. It can be
    used at a wide variety of levels. It emphasizes basic principles
    rather than rote rules.
    Leonard Evens, Sep 21, 2003
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    fromscratch Guest

    Real World PS is a great book, but definitely NOT for the beginners.
    Specifically, it does not contain *any* instructions on how to print on
    a home darkroom inkjet (which I assume was what Alan was looking for). A
    much better alternative would be Photoshop Artistry, which provides
    detailed click by click tutorials and a CD to practice with.
    fromscratch, Sep 23, 2003
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    Craig Guest

    I reccomend the official Adobe Photoshop Book. I have used the
    version 6.0 book and it has some exelent lessons on it that are simple
    to follow. You get a hand CD-ROM with it, that has all the files you
    need to work through the lessons.
    Craig, Oct 3, 2003
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