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13 Aug 2007 - 9:59 PM

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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Lou_C  7755 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Aug 2007 - 10:03 PM

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.

Boyd  1111213 forum posts Wales11 Constructive Critique Points
13 Aug 2007 - 10:06 PM

Might be worth a look in the ePz book review section.

cameracat  108578 forum posts Norfolk Island61 Constructive Critique Points
13 Aug 2007 - 10:31 PM

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...Smile

To locate some DVD tutorials, Check out the Software section of Ebay.....

wawatson  1173 forum posts
13 Aug 2007 - 10:50 PM

... 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.


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John_Humphreys e2 Member 869 forum postsJohn_Humphreys vcard Ireland2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Aug 2007 - 10:59 PM

I'll second Barry Beckham. I have bought several books on Photoshop Elements and Barry Beckham's is by far the best. John

dcash29  91920 forum posts England
13 Aug 2007 - 11:18 PM

' How to do everything with CS2 '

by Colin smith

search Google ( colin smith cs2 )

tepot  104416 forum posts United Kingdom
14 Aug 2007 - 12:14 AM

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.

Kim Walton
Kim Walton  11144 forum posts United Kingdom30 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2007 - 11:25 AM

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.

francesam  8 United Kingdom
14 Aug 2007 - 11:52 AM

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.

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billip  10388 forum posts United Kingdom
15 Aug 2007 - 3:51 PM

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 " !

NeilS e2 Member 7897 forum postsNeilS vcard United Kingdom
15 Aug 2007 - 6:10 PM

Photoshop for Dummies perhaps

16 Aug 2007 - 5:39 PM

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.

webjam  10292 forum posts Netherlands11 Constructive Critique Points
16 Aug 2007 - 6:45 PM

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.

miptog  93532 forum posts United Kingdom61 Constructive Critique Points
16 Aug 2007 - 6:47 PM

Second "Getting Started in Photoshop" DVD from Digital Photo Magazine.


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