Creative professionals seeking the fastest, easiest, most comprehensive way to learn Adobe Photoshop choose Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book (2015 release) from Adobe Press. The 14 project-based lessons in this book show users step-by-step the key techniques for working in Photoshop and how to manipulate images, edit motion-based content, and create image composites.
Although labeled primarly as an advanced book, it covers lots of basics in every chapter thus making it suitable for a beginner to learn the ropes and follow through every lesson.
Whether teaching or learning UX Design, activities often sink in deeper than lectures. And game-like activities with a lesson included both engage and instruct. This book contains fun and challenging activities to help participants learn core concepts in user experience, from sketching, to photo safaris that encourage field observation, to creating an experience model for your daily bus ride, etc. It is structured as 50% activity and 50% explanation.