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  • Nasturtium
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    books I have on how to learn to use Photoshop;

    Scott Kelby's 7-point system. This was the only one I had heard of so I started with it. Probably not the best book for beginning Photoshoppers but it does teach you a workflow for improving photographs. It's heavily into ACR so keep that in mind. Since what I really want to do is make fantasy/surreal pictures this was a disappointment.

    I wish I had started with Adobe Classroom in a Book. I bought it used off of Amazon and boy! was it ever worth the money. This is the book that got me used to working with channel and paths.

    Photoshop LAB color
    by Dan Margulis. I'm still digesting this one. Where this rocks is in using LAB to control tone and NOT plugging up the shadows. Also the numbers used in LAB to describe colors are much easier for me to understand.

    Photoshop Masking and Compositing
    by Katrin Eismann. Now THIS is an excellent book for what I want to learn. She has umpteen remarkable ways to create a mask. There were some guidelines as well on compositing. But I found her advice to start with scans/your own pictures not too relevant to myself.

    • dweekley
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      dweekley commented
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      You probably do not need it by now but I wanted to mention that I have enjoyed Scott Kelby's 'The Photoshop Channels Book' too.
      Thumbs up on Katrin Eismann's book that you mentioned. I have this one and her Retouch/Restoration, both terrific. Haven't read the other two. I considered Dan Marqulis's Lab book but after getting and reading his Professional Photoshop book, which is great but a LOT to digest for me, I think I have enough for now....LOL
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