What do you do if you aren’t ready for the advanced books I recommend in the MASTERING PHOTOSHOP series? Look at the books below. Why did I lump Photoshop together with digital photography? Because many of the basic to intermediate books cover both.
There are any number of excellent photoshop/photography books that will provide the basic to intermediate skills you need. Look for books by Tom Ang, Rick Sammon, Tim Grey, Martin Evening, Bruce Fraser, and Scott Kelby. Also worth reading are Deke McClelland, Barbara Obermeier, and Peter Bauer who authored the popular “Dummies” series of books for various versions of Photoshop.
Here are a few of my favorite books that deal with both digital photography and Photoshop (some of these books are only available on the used market but they are still worth finding):
Digital Photography Masterclass by Tom Ang.
Real World Digital Photography (3rd Edition) by Katrin Eismann, Sean Duggan, and Tim Grey.
Once you’ve worked your way through one or two of the above books, I HIGHLY recommend getting Real World Adobe Photoshop by David Blatner, Conrad Chavez, and Bruce Fraser. Get the edition for your version of Photoshop. You may have to find older editions on the used book market.
In addition to one or two of the above books, I would recommend purchasing Adobe Photoshop Classroom in a Book for your version of Photoshop. They are good both to learn, and to use as a reference book. Here are the books for the last six versions of Photoshop:
Once you’ve worked your way through 2 or 3 of the above books, you will be more than ready for the books I recommended in the Mastering Photoshop articles.