I bought this large well bound book along with 'Getting started with MatLab 7' by Rudra Pratap. With the help of both I was image processing with MatLab within a few hours (although a biologist, I have many years Fortran 77 and Visual basic experience). If you aren't a physicist, engineer or mathematician you might need a simple book on calculus and trigonometry as well to remind you of the maths. The maths isn't complicated though in this book (and can even be ignored in many cases). So if you want to get into image processing using your copy of MatLab this book is the obvious choice. Note though that MatLab isn't particularly good if you are interested in image analysis (quantifying the objects within the image in say terms of perimeter, size, grey levels or for colocalisation and object tracking), as it offers little 'off the shelf'. For this try software other than MatLab, like MetaMorph, Image Pro Plus or perhaps freebie ImageJ, which are specialised image analysis packages aimed at biomedical researchers. Also this book, not surprisingly given the title, doesn't cover things like MatLab graphical output and statistics in any detail. Plus there's no support CD/DVD included, although there is details of a support website. But for Image Processing (for example extracting detail from the image and things like object recognition) using MatLab the book is first class and recommended.