Photoshop Book Suggestions

What do you look for in a Photoshop Book? Or a Photography Book?

I’ve been thinking about Photoshop and photography books lately and what I hope for whenever I pick one up: quality imagery, something new (or old, done in a new way), engaging writing, a glimpse into the creative process, a sense of the big picture, etc. But how about you?

When you select a new book to help you with your work, what do you look for? Is it the tips and tutorials? The images? The technique? The entire workflow? The nuts andbolts of teh software? Insights into the creative process? How in-depth do you want it to go? Something for the beginner, intermediate, advanced? Something else?

What do you think?

  • The primary thing that I look for is a book that doesn’t simply replicate other information and turorials that can be simply found on the Internet or just puts the online Adbobe manuals in different words. I do like “recipie” style books such as Scott Kelby’s last CS4 Down & Dirty – that is an awesome book.

    I also like real indepth tomes such as Martin Evening’s books – they offer real depth and insight into the products.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:54 am
  • My writing partner and I aimed at intermediate to advanced folks who need concept more than recipes:

    I also like Dan Margulis’ approach, which is a mix of conversation with technical depth, and a few tricks sprinkled in here and there. For the most part, I can reverse engineer effects or processes that I like, so I tend to lean toward bigger concepts and discussions as opposed to step-by-step works. It’s all just preference, though!

    July 7, 2009 at 11:31 pm
  • Joan Bennett

    I am a photoshop CS3 beginner. Just took my first raw pictures and wanted to make some very specific adjustments. So I bought two books: A Scott Kelby recipe book and the CS3 book for dummies – total $70 investment. I did the step by step for dark circles under the eyes. Scott’s picture had smooth even skin tones and was a simple fix. Mine on the other hand has very uneven tones and not just a shadow. No matter how much I played and tweeked the end result was it looked like horrible botched plastic surgery. What do I look for in a book – exactly what I bought. What do I need in a book – everything you mentioned!!!

    July 10, 2009 at 1:59 pm

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