Lesa Snider

Lesa Snider

Author and public speaker

  • @PhotoLesa
  • + Lesa Snider

Boulder, Colorado

Areas of Expertise:

  • image editing
  • Photoshop
  • Lightroom
  • Bridge
  • Photoshop Elements
  • iPhoto
  • digital photography
  • presentation design
  • graphic design
  • image editing
  • vacation photography
  • speaking
  • training
  • writing

Lesa Snider is on a mission to teach the world to create—and use!—better graphics. She's a best-selling author, internationally acclaimed speaker, stock photographer and creator of the tutorial site, PhotoLesa.com. She's also a founding instructor for creativeLIVE.com (www.lesa.in/clvideos), author of the Photoshop: The Missing Manual series, and coauthor of iPhoto: The Missing Manual series, as well as a long-time member of the Photoshop World Dream Team of instructors. Lesa writes a regular column for Photoshop User, Photographic Elements Techniques, and Macworld magazines. You can connect with her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/PhotoLesa), YouTube (www.lesa.in/ytvideochannel), Twitter (@PhotoLesa), and www.PhotoLesa.com.

Photoshop CC: The Missing Manual Photoshop CC: The Missing Manual
by Lesa Snider
Second Edition August 2014 (est.)
Print: $49.99
Ebook: $39.99

iPhoto: The Missing Manual iPhoto: The Missing Manual
by David Pogue, Lesa Snider
May 2014
Print: $34.99
Ebook: $29.99

Photoshop CC: The Missing Manual Photoshop CC: The Missing Manual
by Lesa Snider
June 2013
Print: $49.99
Ebook: $39.99

Photoshop CS6: The Missing Manual Photoshop CS6: The Missing Manual
by Lesa Snider
May 2012
Print: $54.99
Ebook: $46.99

iPhoto '11: The Missing Manual iPhoto '11: The Missing Manual
by David Pogue, Lesa Snider
March 2011
Print: $34.99
Ebook: $27.99

Photoshop CS5: The Missing Manual Photoshop CS5: The Missing Manual
by Lesa Snider
May 2010
Print: $49.99
Ebook: $39.99

Photoshop CS4: The Missing Manual Photoshop CS4: The Missing Manual
by Lesa Snider
December 2008
Print: $49.99
Ebook: $39.99

Lesa blogs at:

New book: The Skinny on Taking Better Pictures With Any Camera

June 10 2014

Your summer photos will be even more precious to you a few years from now! Why not invest $1.99 to make them the best they can be? My brief new e-book provides a handful of time-tested techniques that will take your photos from Hmmm to Wow! My examples make these… read more

Geek Girl Tech Conference: San Diego, June 21

June 04 2014

I'm thrilled to be teaching again at the Geek Girl Tech Conference in San Diego! Please join me June 21, 2014, at the University of San Diego -- and get 20% off your registration with code PhotoLesa14. read more

Tran's Black Belt Spectacular

May 06 2014

It was such fun to shoot Tran's Black Belt Spectacular event this past Saturday in Loveland, CO. What an inspirational event! The lighting wasn’t ideal (standard gym lighting); however, that was no problem for a Canon 5D Mark III + a 70-300mm L series lens + Lightroom! A huge… read more

Early bird 15% discount to HOW2 ends tomorrow, April 1

March 31 2014

I'm speaking at HOW2 TRAINING at HOW Design Live Boston, May 12-14, 2014 @ Hynes Convention Center. Early bird deadline is tomorrow! Save an additional 15% on any HOW2 Package when you use my discount code "LESAHOW14" Check out the training schedule — I hope to see you there! read more

All my creativeLIVE courses are on sale this week!

March 31 2014

creativeLIVE.com has all my courses on sale this week while I teach my "Creative Cloud Essentials" course. If you've been waiting to purchase any of my 30 titles, now's a great time to save some bucks! read more

Lesa's Live Quote Contest Mar. 31- Apr. 2, 2014

March 30 2014

Join me on creativeLIVE.com March 31-April 2 for three days of Adobe Creative Cloud Essentials and win big! Each day we'll choose FOUR lucky winners: Tags:  photography lightroom Photoshop creative cloud read more

Creative Cloud Essentials FREE on creativeLIVE, March 31-April 2

March 19 2014

Are you ready to take advantage of all the benefits of Adobe's Creative Cloud? Join me March 31–April 2 for "Creative Cloud Essentials", a comprehensive 3-day immersion into how it can enhance your business. This class can be watched through any web browser, and it's 100% free while live,… read more

$10/month Lightroom & Photoshop plan ends March 31!

March 15 2014

Adobe's special "Photoshop Photography Program" ends March 31, so if you want to take advantage of this opportunity to get Photoshop and Lightroom in a Creative Cloud special bundle for just $9.99 per month, do it now! read more

Join me for "Lightroom and Photoshop Round Trip Workflow" hangout, Weds. March 19

March 15 2014

Join me this Wednesday, March 19, from 4pm-5pm Eastern time (1pm-2pm Pacific) for a PhotoFocus hangout on using Lightroom together with Photoshop! My good friend and Lightroom expert Rob Sylvan is hosting this hangout, which is produced by the incredibly knowledgeable Richard Harrington. read more

Webcast: Learn to Master Photoshop's Fabulous Filters
December 10, 2013
Take a dive into the wide world of Photoshop's filters to correct your images and create a multitude of super-useful effects!

Webcast: Learn to Master Photoshop's Smart Objects
November 19, 2013
In this webcast session you'll learn: when to use adjustment layers in place of pixel-based or duplicate layers, when to use Shape tools and vector masks in place of selection marquees and pixel-based masks, and how to use Smart Objects for repeating...

Webcast: How to Make Holiday Photo Gifts
December 04, 2012
In this hands-on webcast you'll learn how to create amazing photo gifts for your family, friends, and clients! Lesa will show you how to create beautiful gifts of all kinds. You'll learn how to make these projects in Photoshop as well as iPhoto, plus...

Webcast: How to Retouch Images Like a Pro
October 02, 2012
Join Lesa Snider, author of Photoshop CS6: The Missing Manual for a hands-on webcast that's ideal for anyone who wants to learn how to retouch images safely and realistically, in the most efficient way possible.

Webcast: The Joy of Combining Images with Photoshop
September 11, 2012
In this hands-on webcast, you'll learn several non-destructive techniques for combining images. The techniques you'll learn are fabulous for designers, scrapbookers, and especially photographers looking to offer more products to their clients.

Webcast: Combining Photos and Vectors in Photoshop
July 08, 2010
Learn how to easily combine illustrations with photography in this super creative session. Glean the secret to importing vectors into your document so you can experiment with them as backgrounds, artful embellishments, ornamental photo frames, and more...

Webcast: Photoshop CS6 Power Hour
July 13, 2012
Get up to speed on the new version of Photoshop of Camera Raw! Even if you're not immediately upgrading to CS6, you'll pick up practical editing techniques you can use each and every day.

Webcast: How to Use Photoshop Smart Objects
November 06, 2012
Since Photoshop CS2, Smart Objects have been an integral part of editing your images non-destructively, but now they're more powerful than ever. In this session you'll learn what they are and when you should use them. You'll learn how to run filters ...

Webcast: Learn to Master Photoshop's Practical Creative Effects
October 08, 2013
Get the scoop on turning your photos into unique and sellable pieces of art in this super creative yet practical session. You'll learn how to apply creative color to your images to produce black-and-whites, partial color effects, and color overlays.

Webcast: Learn to Master the Art of Photoshop's Content-Aware Features
September 20, 2013
Photoshop includes a slew of tools that sport Content-Aware technology for analyzing your images. In this session you'll learn practical, everyday uses for all of them.

"Aa top reference for any new to Photoshop CS6, as well as those seeking refresher tips or detailed information."
--James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review: California Bookwatch, The Photography Shelf, August 2012, Volume 7, Number 8

"Would I recommend this book? Definitely. Take a look at it if you're looking for a book that will cover everything."
--Anne, Making Things Stretch

"Here is the book that virtually every Photoshop CS6 user will find both informational and inspirational."
--Michael Kleper, The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing, Vol. 17 No. 4/5, July/October 2012

"As a reference book, or a resource when learning a new topic in Photoshop, the missing manual is ideal – dutifully fulfilling its promised role as taking the place of the manual Adobe has given up trying to write. "
--David Cardinal, nikondigital.org

"Lesa Snider, the author, has done the Photoshop community a huge favour by writing this book. In my opinion, this book should have been in the box with Adobe Photoshop CS6."
--Neil Longmuir, Orange County PC Users Group - August 2012

"If you want to learn Photoshop thoroughly, this is the book to go to. This is the new Photoshop bible."
--Chris Malinao, PhotoWorldManila.com

"A 'must' for any interested in Macs and digital photography, showing how to organize a collection and how to share images online."
--James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review: The Bookwatch, June 2011, Volume 6, Number 6

"This is a book that every photographer should have on his desk. The content is easy to read, simple to find, and provides the correct solution to any Photoshop problem."
--Craig Strachan, NetGalley

"If you want to realize the full potential of iPhoto, from organizing to editing, creating slideshows and prints, sharing on Facebook and Web galleries, creating drool-worthy movies, screensavers, books, calendars and cards, you won’t find a better resource."
--Jay Nelson, Design Tools Monthly, Issue #222 April 2011

"This is the ultimate source for learning all of the major features of Adobe Photoshop CS5..."
--Michael Kleper, The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing

"Photoshop CS5: The Missing Manual is a 'must' for any Photoshop CS5 reference collection...No Photoshop CS5 library should be without this easy, basic handbook!"
--Diane Donovan, The Bookwatch: The Photography Shelf

"This book, for its clever writing, clear instructions, and abundance of bright, easy to understand graphics, is a must-have for all who wish to harness Photoshop’s impressive capabilities."
--Megan Just, Sacramento Book Review

"I think that Photoshop CS5: The Missing Manual is more of a reference manual than a tutorial and as such you want to have some basic knowledge of Photoshop. I also like the clear images and full color. As a reference manual, I have to say it is one of the best I have seen and well worth the expense and so I very highly recommend this book."
--T. Michael Testi, Blogcritics.org

"If you only can have one photoshop book in your electronic library or even the hard back edition, this is the one to get. "
--John Buono, Amazon.com

"...a joy to read."
--Jay Nelson, Design Tools Monthly, Issue #214, June 2010

"...coherent, informative, and full of useful content. It is sufficient for all who feel one book is enough. The numerous color graphics pop and are one of its many strengths...Lesa’s writing style is clear and amusing. Her sense of humor comes through making this book an easy read. Her uncomplicated explanations for very complex topics are remarkable...This is the book that should have been in the box with Photoshop CS4. Buy it."
--Maria O. Arguello, The PMUG Dialog, November 2009, Volume XXVI, November 11

"I’m currently taking a Photoshop 2 class and our textbook is Photoshop CS4 The Missing Manual by Lesa Snider King. I think it’s one of the best Photoshop books for students. The examples and explanations are very easy to understand, and the author has a humorous style of writing. "
--Sandy, Sandylp.com

"A must-have if you need to know everything there is to know about Photoshop, but it's going to take a long time to consume all the information over nearly 800 pages of text!"
--Advanced Photoshop, Issue 56

"This might be the best Photoshop book I've read. And I've read a lot of them. What impressed me most is the attention to detail and colorful illustrations."
--Kevin Slimp, Institute of Newspaper Technology

"I highly recommend this book whether you are a Photoshop guru or a Photoshop wanna-be!"
--Debbi Sedlak, GMUG June 2009 Newsletter