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Can any body suggest a good book for TOTAL photoshop virgins?
I take a reasonable photo now and then but I am almost completely useless on the old computer. I can open an image into CS2 but after that I'm totally lost - I've tried faffing about but am getting nowhere. If I could find a book that really did start at the beginning I'm sure I'd be able to give David Bailey a good run for his money in no time at all!
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There are so many Photoshop books, I would suggest taking a trip to your local library and picking up a few. Also you might find it handy to google for Photoshop video tutorials, because there are hundreds on the web, and I find them much easier than reading a book.
Might be worth a look in the ePz book review section.
Also worth a look is some tutorial DVD's, These can sometimes fill in the blanks as you get a visual demo of what they are rambling on about, This helps to make more sense than words alone...
To locate some DVD tutorials, Check out the Software section of Ebay.....
... but you could do worse than google for the tutorials from Barry Beckham. He does quite a few, and for Photoshop CS's and Photoshop Elements.
I'll second Barry Beckham. I have bought several books on Photoshop Elements and Barry Beckham's is by far the best. John
' How to do everything with CS2 '
by Colin smith
search Google ( colin smith cs2 )
monthly magazines are another good source of tutorials, quite a few are for beginners and give you a chance to get familiar with the tools and techniques.
Try Adobe Classroom in a book easily laid out and covers all basics--
Try eBay there a lot cheaper.Theres not that much differance between the versions so if trying to keep the cost down try PS7 classroom in a book it will tell you about selecting,masking,layers and a host of other stuff thats still relivant---then you can put it back on fleabay for sale and get your money back.
Barry Beckham without a doubt. Excelent cd tuturials. I've learnt a lot from them and i'm 60 something and not to clever at taking things in.
I find that the dvds which accompany Digital Photo each month are pretty good. They also sell a couple of special tutorial dvs at £19.95. One of these is called "Getting Started in Photoshop" and is comprehensive and easy to follow. I recommend it for a "total virgin " !
Photoshop for Dummies perhaps
I buy Digital Photo magazine for the tutorial dvds. They are very good and I have learnt a lot from them. Sure helped me out with CS2.
There are some sites that offer tutorials on line - you buy a subscription for a month and are then allowed to view any of the tutorial videos that they have.
To start and to get a feel of the quality of the courses, you will be able to view some free, introductionary tutorials. These free tutorials are often about the interface.
Here is a link to the VTC website and then there is also lynda.com which works on the same priciple.
Of course you need to have broadband since these are moving images and sound.
If none of the tips help (also from the other EPZers above) PM me. Think I still got some instructional dvd's and cd's that came free with various Brittish magazines.
Second "Getting Started in Photoshop" DVD from Digital Photo Magazine.
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