Adobe Photoshop 6, Photoshop 7, Photoshop 5 & 5.5 and Photoshop Elements instructional book reviews & recommendations.

Photoshop Books

You never can have enough books! Especially when it comes to Adobe Photoshop. Photoshop really isn't that daunting or "scary" of a program, once you start opening some good instructional books. I confess, I am quite the Photoshop book goddess, so a lot of the books I list here are also in my own Photoshop library. (Yes, it's embarrassing to admit that I own this many books!)

It really helps to have a book right by you as you work with Photoshop. And the CDs that come bundled with many of these books are often full of goodies too. So, check 'em out! Get a few Photoshop books!

Currently this list includes Photoshop CS books, but even some Photoshop 5, Photoshop 6 and Photoshop 7 books. Also, for people who are using Photoshop Elements or one of the older (but still fabulous) versions of Photoshop, I've listed some of the best books for them too!

Adobe Photoshop CS Classroom in a Book | |

The book everyone recommends first is Adobe's own "Classroom in a Book." Adobe's Photoshop books seem to be especially good, and highly esteemed among Photoshop students. Follow the simple step-by-step instructions, and you will discover that you are learning a lot about Photoshop in the process! This book is highly recommended for anyone who wants to "certify" for the Adobe ACE program.
Photoshop 7 Classroom in a book | Photoshop 6 Classroom in a Book | Photoshop 5.5 Classroom in a Book | Photoshop 5 Classroom in a Book

Inside Photoshop CS | |

This is such a friendly book. The tutorials really helped me, and the author (Gary Bouton) explains things in such an easy and accessible manner. There is definitely a sense of humor to this book. I highly recommend it.  Bundled CD.
Inside Photoshop 7
| Inside Photoshop 6 | Inside Photoshop 5.5 | Inside Photoshop 5

Adobe Photoshop CS One-on-One |

Okay, so I haven't officially bought this book yet. But I have great faith in author Deke McClelland's work (every other Photoshop book he's written has been great). Also, look at the reader comments on! Looks like it's a winner, and in a big way.

Photoshop CS Wow! | ("One Click") |

This is a visually stunning book, has lots of good information, and is easy to read. Jack Davis and Linnea Dayton have done an equally good job with the Photoshop 6 version of this book as they have with previous versions of this excellent Photoshop book. Wonderful bundled CD.
Photoshop 7 One-Click Wow! (also has wonderful bundled CD)  | Photoshop 6 Wow! | Photoshop 5.5 & 5 Wow!

Photoshop CS Artistry | |

This is one of those "must-have" books. So full of wonderful information. Beautiful photography. Some excellent tutorials. I am definitely glad I got it. The author, Barry Haynes, does a great job.  Bundled CD.
Photoshop 7 Artistry
| Photoshop Artistry 6 | - Photoshop Artistry 6 | Photoshop Artistry 5 & 5.5

Photoshop CS Bible | |

How can you not want to get the Photoshop Bible? It's a larger and more expensive book, but it has a great bundled CD, and lots of color inserts. And once again, the wonderful Deke McClelland is the author. (There is also a Windows version of this book.)
Photoshop 7 Bible | Macworld Photoshop 6 Bible | Photoshop 6 for Windows Bible | Photoshop 5 Bible (Mac & PC)

Photoshop CS Down and Dirty Tricks | |

This is a great book! Lots of fun! However, I do think that some "power users" might find it a little basic. But many intermediate/beginner Photoshop users will be delighted with this book. (It depends on what kind of "dirty tricks" you like to do - the author, Scott Kelby, favors drop shadows quite a bit!) It reveals the secrets of some great Photoshop special effects. And while you are going through the very clear step-by-step instructions, you will be exposed to all sorts of new keyboard shortcuts and features! A painless way to learn some important new stuff.
Down & Dirty Tricks Photoshop 7
| Down & Dirty Tricks Photoshop 6

Photoshop Retouching Secrets | |

Scott Kelby's Photo Retouching book is also great. I admit, some of the stuff covered was not new to me. But I still found many new features in Photoshop (and some great new ideas) thanks to this book. If you are a Photoshop "newbie" who is a bit intimidated by Photoshop, both of Scott's books will help you get your feet wet. And have lots of fun, too!

Photoshop 6 In Depth | |

I admit, this is a huge book (with two bundled CDs) and I haven't even scratched the surface of it yet. But so far, I am impressed. It's just good reading - I have read a few chapters and learned a lot of important new information about Photoshop. Author David Xenakis does a great job, I think. It is a HUGE book, and has a price tag to match. Try to get it at a discount, if you can. (There appears to be no Photoshop 7 version of this book.)

Special Edition Using Photoshop 7
A well-regarded Photoshop book. I can only comment however, on the Photoshop 6 version of this book, which I liked very much. The author for the version 6 of the book (Richard Lynch) has put together a great Photoshop book (you can see more about the book at Lots of helpful information, written in a friendly manner. Another high recommendation.
Special Ediction Using Photoshop 6 | PS 6 | PS 6 |

Photoshop Web Magic | | |

This is a very nice book. I admit, when I first got it, it seemed rather remedial. It shows a lot of "step-by-step" Photoshop tricks for web graphics. I recently cracked open this book again, and found some quick answers to some questions I had relating to web graphics. I consider this an excellent "supplemental" Photoshop book, especially if you are not too familiar with Photoshop's web capabilities. Bundled CD.

Look and Learn Photoshop 6 by Deke McClelland
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Nice little book. Lots of illustrations to get you up and running soon. Inexpensive. McClelland is an excellent Photoshop author. If you just want to get your feet wet with Photoshop, this is a great book to get you started! (There appears to be no Photoshop 7 or CS Look & Learn version of this book.)

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Photoshop Elements Books:

It's OK if you don't have the "full" version of Photoshop. Photoshop Elements (versions 1 and 2) are popular and still pack a lot of punch. Not to mention that they are reasonably priced, and has a great following among digital artists!

Photoshop Elements 2 (the latest and greatest version):

The Hidden Power of Photoshop Elements 2Fabulous Photoshop author Richard Lynch has given us another wonderful Photoshop book! This time, he will help you get the most out of Photoshop Elements. A must-have!
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Photoshop Elements 2 for Dummies—How can you go wrong with one of the fun "For Dummies" books? (Especially if it's written by Photoshop great Deke McClelland?) I know, the title has "Dummies" in it, but I've always found these books to be helpful and accessable.
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Photoshop Elements 2.0: 50 Ways to Create Cool Pictures—A highly regarded book that covers the majority of important and fun things you can create with Photoshop Elements 2!

Photoshop Elements 2: The Complete Reference—This book is huge. Over 700 pages! And it's written by Ken Milburn, an author who has written other Photoshop books that I have liked.
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Photoshop Elements 1 (the original version—may be bundled with some digital tablets or scanners):

Adobe Photoshop Elements 1: A Visual Introduction to Digital Imaging—Great for introducing the newbie to Elements.
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Adobe Photoshop Elements One-Click Wow! —The same people who write the wonderful Photoshop "Wow!" books perform their magic on Photoshop Elements.
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Photoshop Elements Solutions (With CD-ROM)—Easy-to-learn and accessible book that will get you up-and-running with Photoshop Elements!
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