Do you want to know how it's done? Learn how to use Photoshop the easy way!
Author: Jack Davis & Linnea Dayton
When I first bought this book, I had no idea that it was actually an instructional book on how to use the fabulous disc that it comes with. This disc is loaded with so many cool styles that you just load on to your computer. And like the book says "1 click" to create. Although this is created for version 7, I use it on CS and it works just the same. I decided since it had so much cool stuff that I would create a seperate page showing several examples.
I don't personally have this book, but from the reviews I have seen, it seems to be near identical to the version 7 edition.
The Classroom in a Book series by Adobe I have always found helpful. They really walk you through each tutorial step by step. These books are for the people who want to know how and why photoshop does one thing or another. Each book also comes with a companion CD.
For all of you Illustrator users, Adobe makes a series of Classroom in Book for you as well. These are every bit as good as the Photoshop series and also come with a companion CD.