The Photoshop CS2 book by Scott Kelby

As I mentioned in my introduction, my place at Adobe is within the LiveCycle engineering team…so it is a bit ironic that one of my first posts on this blog is about Photoshop CS2.

In my spare time, I am an avid amateur digital photographer. I enjoy taking photos of nearly anything, but the fact of the matter is that I am not really a great photographer yet. Instead, I lean on one of the most excellent software packages ever invented — Photoshop. I’ve been able to do basic tasks with Photoshop for some time now, the basics like cropping, naive color correction, fixing under/over exposure but have found myself getting more and more interested in doing things correctly, and exploiting more of the functionality that lurks just under the surface of the Photoshop UI.

So I bought a book. “The Photoshop CS2 Book”, by Scott Kelby. I’m a day in with it, and about 5 experiments in and all I can say is “Great book!”. The author does a great job of walking the reader through many very useful tasks, and does his best to explain what is happening technically. I appreciate the howto + “science of” approach in books because I learn faster by understanding why I’m doing things.

If you are a beginner, or intermediate photoshop user…this book is probably for you.