In that case my favorite author of PHP and any other programming language is Larry Ullman. His book PHP For the web - Visual Quickstart Guide (I have the third edition) is excellent - as are all his others, I have three and have a fourth on the way.
With little to no experience this book will get you up and running. I had a decent understanding of HTML before reading this book and a slight knowledge of CSS that was it. This book gives you enough knowledge on HTML and CSS to create websites using PHP and MySQL though I do recommend getting some documentation on CSS if you want to expand your layout versatility.
The way he teaches you is how all programming books should be written. He explains the concepts he will be using, then you type up all the code, and then he breaks each section of the code down to explain each part - what it does - and how it all works together. Not to mention that there is no wasted code here. Every script you write has an application in the real world. That is one of my biggest frustrations with tech books, learning code that is conceptually accurate, but not understanding how or for what purpose it might be implemented in real world projects.
His books not only teach you PHP & MySQL, but also leave you with functional scripts that you will use and adapt for use in your own projects. PHP For the web will give you all the concepts and knowledge you need to begin your own projects. Continued learning is always recommended, but I was amazed at how after one book I understood what I was doing and what I needed to do in order to solve my own problems and create my own projects as well as having usable scripts and websites I could adapt for my needs. Thank you Larry!