Best Photoshop Books to Read for all Beginners

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Are you wondering about reading Photoshop books? Or thinking why books for this practical subject? But all the beginners either creative or photographers, start their journey with books where they find basic details and deep knowledge that are not taught in classroom programs.

We are in awe with the power, convenience and versatility technology has stored for us. With the internet we have access to the information across the globe in seconds but there’s one thing that still suppress this power of digital devices.

No matter how much good pieces of information is available on the internet, there’s nothing like gaining the knowledge through a good book.

Books really do miracles – here’s why?

  • Though there are some really good blogs and articles available on the internet but only a hard copy of the book is able to present the most comprehensive information in an organised way.
  • Books make sure that you don’t miss out any vital information so present every essential point about a particular subject at one place.
  • Books are available for every career option irrespective of field and career.

Today we brought you the list of 10 amazing Photoshop books that will help you to understand the industry leading software in detail.

Let’s check some of the exquisite books.


1. The Adobe Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers (2017)

The Adobe Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers

Author: Scott Kelby

Though it is a 2017 edition but the book delivers great content.

The book comes with great content focusing around Photoshop CC and photography. If target area of your learning is about digital photos and photography, then you can go for this book.

There’s a whole chapter dedicated to Photoshop filters and special effects in this book. Get this book!

2. Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a book (2019)

Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a book

Author: Andrew Faulkner & Conrad Chavez

This revised edition of official book from Adobe is a boon for beginners.  The book compiles several step by step lessons along with project to make students comfortable with Photoshop. The book contains basics as well as advanced techniques in a most comprehensive way.

There are separate chapters for each topic including how to edit images, retouching palette, correcting imperfections, layer masking, layer styles and much more.

In addition to these concepts, this revised edition of the book contains essential information regarding the new elements like content-Aware fill, updated undo, frame tool, navigation and home screen, simplified editing and much more.

Adobe offers web edition too along with hard copy to people who purchase the book which includes extra activities like quizzes, competitions, videos and tutorials.

3. Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019 Classroom in a Book (2019)

Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019 Classroom in a Book

Author:  Jeff Carlson

This book offers the most comprehensive reading of Photoshop software. The book is composed not only for beginners but also who wants to brush up and expand their skills. 

The chapters are designed to directly target the customers. Each chapter ends with the question bank. Through this book, you’ll learn how to use the new techniques efficiently.  

The latest edition of the book covers the information regarding new elements. Also, the book will cover the basic things like save, print, export etc.

4. Adobe Photoshop CC for Photographers (2018)

Adobe Photoshop CC for Photographers

Author: Martin Evening

Targeted for photographers, this highly acclaimed book comes with high end and detailed knowledge of all the updates and significant features. The books cover all the essential techniques necessary for professional photographers and digital image editors in detail.

From camera raw filter to refinements and range masking. This book has stored all for you.

5. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC Classroom in a Book (2016)

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC Classroom in a Book

Author: Lesa Snider

What I love most about this book is how perfectly it covers both the software. This official workbook from Adobe will help you achieve the perfect results which you could never get with either software alone. The books provide a quick overview of several features of Lightroom.

Created by critically acclaimed author Lesa Snider, this book is an outstanding option for beginners who are starting their career in digital image editing.

She guides you from fixing basic problems to bringing out the best details from the image.  This edition of the book helps the student to learn concepts with ease and effectiveness.

It offers what no other book does. Buyers also get a web edition of this book with the purchase of hard copy. Grab your copy now!

6. Absolute beginner’s guide to mastering Photoshop and creating world class photos (2015)

Absolute beginner's guide to mastering Photoshop and creating world class photos

Author: Andrew Mckinnon

This is an amazing book for beginners to learn many basic tools and filters. Absolute beginner’s guide helps us to master the art of editing images by teaching touch-up basics, advanced color correction method etc.

In addition to this, we can learn as many filters and how to use them as well as the correct use of filters. These filters are so much helpful to create exciting visual effects which are very much in trend.

Many basic tools such as pencil tools, paint bucket tools, and other drawing tools too are also described in it. This book teaches us too many tips and tricks to create wonderful images with amazing results.

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7. Photoshop CC : Visual Quickstart guide

Photoshop CC : Visual Quickstart guid

Author: Elaine Weinmann and Peter Lurekas

The duo of the wonderful writers Elaine weinmann and Peter Lurekas wrote this incredible guide that has been the best-selling for many years and selected one for photography and professional designing in colleges. This book has been the best choice because of its content planning, every chapter has been very beautifully described with step-by-step instruction, concise paragraphs, point to point important information, examples with hundreds of colorful images and brief explanations.

You will find the meaning of every supporting element and supplementary words in the sidebars for your ease. The new CC version of this book covers so many different different techniques and filters in details such as camera raw, multi-shape tool, path selection tools, as well as control over reduction of camera shaking. New versions of this book have red marks specially to highlight the really important topics.

8. Photoshop CC Bible

Photoshop CC Bible

Author: Lisa DaNae Dayley

This bible is the necessity of every designer as a best reference book. This book contains the must-read content related to image editing software and tools. You will learn all the aspects of designing and updated features in this new Photoshop CC (creative cloud) edition.

This bible takes us to the details of most important editing tools such as Color match, lens blur, color replacement and histogram palette along with the description of keyboard shortcut keys.

This book also covers details of the tool Camera raw and its effective work of color correction, and retouching, creating great pictures for web and print etc.

9. Adobe Photoshop CS6 classroom in a book

Adobe Photoshop CS6 classroom in a book

Author: Adobe

With so many experiments and upcoming books in the market, professionals at Adobe thought to prepare a complete book that works as a classroom program i.e practical training with best examples.

These professionals found the fastest, easiest, and most comprehensive way to learn Photoshop, its tools and application in an innovative way. As a result, Adobe Photoshop CS6 was released by the Adobe press that contains 14 best lessons based on projects that cover step-by-step procedures of different tools and filters.

Project based lessons covered procedures such as image manipulation, image compositions and motion based work. Along with examples it also covers important key elements of Photoshop interface including features like cropping, maintaining skin tone, multiple overlay etc.

10. The Photoshop workbook : professional retouching and compositing tips, tricks and techniques

The Photoshop workbook : professional retouching and compositing tips, tricks and techniques

Author: Glin Dewis

This book by Glin Dewis reveals all the tips, tricks and techniques of professional retouching that he uses for his clients globally. Glin taught us different step-by-step techniques through his books that take image editing to a new level.

Main highlights of image editing in this book are making cutouts, making perfect selection and mastering it with a pen tool, along with other texture tools like dodge and burn etc.

These tools sound easy but hard to understand the real use so this book will teach you what difference these tools make in an image.

11. Photoshop for photographers : complete training for photographers

Photoshop for photographers : complete training for photographers

Author: Serge Ramelli

This is an ebook completely based on photo editing and retouching for photographers. All the features and techniques a photographer should use to improve his work to the next level, are given in this book.

Options varying from camera raw, blending modes, HDR, shooting in dark and sunlight, masking, layers, removal of elements and special effects for printing are covered in this ebook. You will also find raw files for every lesson and can access it.

12. Adobe Photoshop : A beginners guide to Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop : A beginners guide to Adobe Photoshop

Author: Lisa Lambert

Beginners guide by Lisa Lambert has become one of the most commonly recommended and used books to learn basics and tricks about image editing and designing.

This book proved to be the best option when it comes to designing whether print or web. Every tool, effect and filter is described well before taking you to the detailed tour with examples that will not overburden your mind.

This book ensures your grip over Photoshop tools and its use in different kinds of projects.

Wonder of few E-books

Along with the above mentioned master books, there are so many ebooks available today to help you to learn Photoshop such as:

  • Practical Photoshop CS6
  • Adobe Photoshop tutorial
  • Adobe Photoshop CS6 Bible
  • Photoshop CS3 : All-in-one

So, these were some amazing books that one should read if they are diving into the industry leading image editing software – Photoshop. However, only practical knowledge doesn’t make you a good designer.

Reading these books along with your practical training will help you understand the topic very well.

Bonus: A few important design books

There are other qualities that a designer should develop in themselves to excel in the field.

Let’s explore those in the given books.                       

How to be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul  

Author: Adrian Shaughnessy

This book is a staple for any designer. The book offers sound, insightful and great advice to infuse the creativity in the mind of reader. The book covers very basic yet essential things like how to deal with your clients, how to widen your employment skills etc.

The Art of Looking Sideways 

Author: Alan Fletcher

This book is considered as by far the best book written by Alan Fletcher in his designing career. The book provides you the answer of all questions regarding colours compositions, creative thinking layouts and many more.

A Designer’s Art

Author: Paul Rand

Incredible book by incredible designer. The book demands a thorough reading from its readers. Rand has brilliantly explained comprehensive concepts in the simplest way. The books deeply into the process of designing.

Check out the complete list of designing books here – Graphic Design Books

Closing remarks

Books are considered as a wonder-box of knowledge and so does the reader become a leader. Whether you are a beginner in the software or want to expand your existing design skills these books are definitely worth investing your time. 

List of these important books have been brought to you to help you gain the basic and advanced knowledge in a concise way. You can explore as many books to improve your knowledge as a beginner.

So, that’s all for now folks! I hope you will like my recommendations.  Whichever book you read, read that with patience and passion. 

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