Lesa Snider

Lesa Snider

Author and public speaker

  • @PhotoLesa
  • + Lesa Snider

Boulder, Colorado

Areas of Expertise:

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements
  • Adobe Bridge
  • Photos for Mac and iOS
  • iPhoto for Mac
  • graphic design
  • digital photography
  • how to make money shooting for royalty-free stock
  • how to communicate through imagery
  • typography
  • designing book graphics
  • video editing in Photoshop
  • consulting
  • speaking
  • training
  • writing

Lesa Snider, internationally acclaimed author and speaker, is on a mission to teach the world to create better imagery. She’s the author of Photoshop CC: The Missing Manual (O’Reilly, 2014), Photos for Mac and iOS: The Missing Manual (O’Reilly, 2015), coauthor of iPhoto: The Missing Manual (O’Reilly, 2014), and author of several ebooks including The Skinny on Photoshop Lightroom, The Skinny on Photoshop Elements, The Skinny on Shooting Royalty-Free Stock, and The Skinny on Taking Better Pictures with Any Camera. Lesa has recorded over 40 video courses for a variety of training companies, she writes the weekly Creaticity column on Macworld.com, the Beginner’s Workshop column for PhotoshopUser.com magazine, and contributes regularly to PhotoshopElementsUser.com magazine.

Photos for Mac and iOS: The Missing Manual Photos for Mac and iOS: The Missing Manual
by Lesa Snider
July 2015
Print: $34.99
Ebook: $29.99

Photoshop CC: The Missing Manual Photoshop CC: The Missing Manual
by Lesa Snider
Second Edition August 2014
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

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:

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