Photoshop CS2 All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies
Hungry Minds Inc
This is a heavy tome. Just over 800 pages (for the previous “CS” edition). It goes through most of the functions and features you need to know about Photoshop basics and Photoshop medium-advanced. It is a bit short on “theory” and background but tells you step-by-step how do do both the basic things and a bit more advanced things. Personally, I find the “Dummies” layout and structure of the book more confusing than helpful. I would prefer a more straight forward way of presenting the information. But the book is full of it (information, that is). For me, it was a good way to get to grips with Photoshop and take me a step beyond the first trial-and-error by myself (which with Photoshop doesn’t take you very far at all). Not specifically for the photographer but for the one who wants to have a desk reference of Photoshop. But you can also read it from start to end as an introduction to PS. Similar to Adobe’s own book but far more “popular” in the way it presents things (which is both good and bad). Still, certainly recommended.