I'm a web developer, who is thinking about web design in more details. I'm starting to learn Photoshop. I did research on Amazon.com and some local book stores, but most of the Photoshop books are for general purposes.
- Is it better to learn Photoshop by following a book, which includes contents that I'm not interested in (e.g., photo editing, printing and CMWK)
- Do you know any good resources for Photoshop starters, whose main reason to learn Photoshop is web design.
Photoshop is a gigantic app. Takes time to learn. I need to learn Photoshop for my purpose efficiently.
It really depends on how much you want to 'dive' into it. I know quite a few web developers who just use Photoshop for simple editing i.e. cropping/resizing/removing background/slicing and most importantly generating images for web.
The more advanced ones might be able to create rounded corners, dropping shadows and that's about all. I bet they know nuts about color channels, masking, paths etc.
The PS books out there generally targets designers and not developers but I would say the fundamentals should be common for both.
I learnt all my PS tricks from the web, here are a few:
If you are strictly a web designer/developer, I'd focus on Fireworks instead of Photoshop. It's tailored for web dev specifically and, IMHO, is the better tool for that.