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Learning Photoshop: What is the best Photoshop book for beginner?

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So You Are Photoshop Beginners, And Looking For A Photoshop Book For Beginners? Here Are Some For You

If you are reading this article, chances that you are a Photoshop beginner looking for an easy book to help you with the process. So, you came to the right place.

Photoshop is a huge program that takes some time to learn, so you may need a little push to help you learn the program without much of a hassle. Besides that, I assume that one or more the followings applies to you:-

    • You want to do simple things with Photoshop, like resizing photos, or maybe some simple edits from time to time.
    • You don’t have much time to learn Photoshop, so you want to learn Photoshop relatively quickly.
    • Even with a simple and easy Photoshop book, you may not be able to finish it as a whole, so you want to be able to use what you learned.
    • You are not a very tech-savvy, so a simple & easy Photoshop book is all you want really.

I picked up 6 Photoshop books for beginners mainly based on the criteria above, so that at least one of them will hopefully suit your needs.

You may want to check out my book, Learn Photoshop CC With Pictures, which I wrote with beginners in mind. The book is available in the following kindle stores:-

My book has a PDF version as well. 

So, What Are The Best Photoshop Books For Beginners Out There?

Following are the list of Photoshop book I chose to suit any beginner. I chose these books based on the following:-

    • Books that are mainly for teaching Photoshop, so tip books and Intermediate-to-advanced books are not included.
    • Books that other people has found useful, as the book I may find good or easy may not be so for others.
    • Tried to include books from the ones that suit the absolute beginner, to one that focus on Photography, so that at least one book will suit you.

Now I leave you with the books to choose form:-

Learn Photoshop CC With Pictures

Learn Photoshop CC With Pictures

This book was written for beginners from scratch, it utilizes pictures instead of text for the most part to get the point across. The lessons are organized based on importance. You will be able to utilize what you learned from the very beginnings, the chapters are relatively short, with less text compared to the other Photoshop books. Besides that, it tries to explain the things you are learning, rather than telling you to do X & Y without you knowing what you are doing, something that plagued many technical books nowadays.

Learn Photoshop CC With Pictures is not aimed for Photographers, it contains many techniques that are used in it. But I totally wouldn’t recommend it for that. As it was written mainly for designers and photo-manipulation.

The book was also written with Photoshop CS6 users in mind, so if you use that older version of Photoshop, you will be able to benefit from it as well.

Learn Photoshop CC With Pictures is available for both Kindle devices as well as PDF.


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You can also find the book in the following Kindle stores:-

Note:- For the sake of disclosure, I have to mention that I am the author of this book.

Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom In A Book (2015 Release)

Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book (2015 release)

It is really out of the question to talk about Photoshop books without mentioning this one, this series is very known for many people for teaching Photoshop in general. It contains a lot of exercises, tips & tricks, and so on.

If you already own the previous edition of this book, then you may not need this edition, as it contains almost the same material as the previous one.


Photoshop CC Bible


Another nice Photoshop book for beginners, but intermediate people can also benefit from it. This books is very detailed and tries to cover a lot of Photoshop CC features. Something many people will appreciate. It cover tips from retouching and color correction, to working with Camera Raw, and even preparing images for printing or for use online on the web.


Photoshop CC: Visual Quickstart Guide (2015 Release)

Photoshop CC Visual QuickStart Guide (2015 release)

This book, just like Learn Photoshop CC With Pictures, uses visuals to help with the learning process, which earns it a spot in this list of beginners books.

This book also covers some of the photography features, like Adobe Camera RAW and bridge. It even takes its time to explain Photoshop preferences, which is a nice add, especially seeing how any Photoshop users will need to use them sooner or later.

A nice thing about this book is how it indicates new or improved featured with red stars throughout the book and in the index as well.


Photoshop CC: The Missing Manual: Covers 2014 Release (Missing Manuals)

Photoshop CC The Missing Manual Covers 2014 release

This big Photoshop book may sound overwhelming for some people, yet that’s makes it highly informative as well.

One of the things that distinguishes the Missing Manual books is how they provide very detailed step-by-step instructions, something many Photoshop beginners will appreciate.

I may not recommend this book if you are not much into computers in general, as you may find yourself lost at times. But that doesn’t make it a bad book or anything.


The Adobe Photoshop CC Book For Digital Photographers (2014 Release) (Voices That Matter)

The Adobe Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers (2014 release)

Here is my Photoshop book recommendation for Photographers beginners. Written by Scott Kelby, the well-known author and the editor and publisher of Photoshop User Magazine. This books focuses pretty much on Adobe Camera RAW, giving how Photographers, for the most part, will be editing RAW photos taken by SLR cameras, which are pretty common nowadays. But it teaches other things as well.


And Finally

Learning Photoshop is totally not that hard, so even a beginner like you will be able to learn Photoshop with the help of the right tool. The basics are not that hard to learn, and the rest is about practicing using it and learning from others, it is really that simple. At the end, I really hope I helped you find the best Photoshop book for you. ^^

You may want to check out my book, Learn Photoshop CC With Pictures, which I wrote with beginners in mind. The book is available in the following kindle stores:-

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I am an anime artist, and huge fan of digital art. I love drawing with pencils too. But I rarely do that anymore nowadays. Since some aspects of digital art can be tricky, I try my best to explain the concepts as easily as possible.


  1. You say on your site that it is downloadable as a PDF, but every link takes you to Amazon for a kindle book.

    Help !!!!!!


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