Ignoring the whole Creative Cloud scenario, Photoshop CC is powerful software, but it can also be overwhelming if you're just getting started. "Photoshop CC: The Missing Manual" (928 pages) makes learning the software as easy as possible by explaining things in a friendly, conversational style.
After a thorough introduction to the program, you'll delve deep into Photoshop's secrets with expert tips and practical editing advice. You'll Take a tour of Photoshop's workspace and learn how to customize it. "Photoshop CC: The Missing Manual" also shows you how to:
° Use layers, masks, and Smart Objects to safely edit your images.
° Use techniques for cropping, color-correcting, retouching, and combining photos.
° Drain, change, and add color; create gorgeous black-and-whites, partial-color effects, and duotones.
° Create illustrations, paintings, and pro-level text; use filters effectively, edit video, and create 3D art.
° Produce images for print, presentations, and the Web.
° Automate common chores and install plug-ins for complex tasks.
The author is Lesa Snider, a speaker, a stock photographer, and the founder of the creative tutorial site PhotoLesa.com. She's also the author of many video-training workshops (www.lesa.in/clvideos) and the coauthor of "iPhoto '11: The Missing Manual." She writes a regular column for "Photoshop User," "Elements Techniques" and "Macworld" magazines, and contributes frequently to Design-Tools.com and PlanetPhotoshop.com.
For more info about "Photoshop CC: The Missing Manual" go to http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920027591.do . It costs US$39.99 for an ebook version, $49.99 for a print version, or $54.99 for both.