I had seen 'How To Cheat in Photoshop' around for a while but for some reason had not bothered to buy. As it turns out that was probably one of my worst decisions.
Having now purchased the latest CS4 version, I have not stopped with it. The book is absolutely brilliant if you truly want to perfect your PS skills not only for pleasure but for business as well you will not be disappointed.
Caplin does assume you have some knowledge of the programme, hence it is not for the very first timer, (and he does say something like, "this is not a how-to learn PhotoShop book"). However, if ever any of the work he demonstrates or writes about starts to look complicated, he does provide clear instructions.
Moreover, because the book comes with a link and permission to join the How To Cheat in Photoshop (HTCIPS) website forum, your learning will have no boundaries. By joining in the forum with all the other HTCIPS aficionados you will very soon pick up new tricks and skills that propel you forward at a pace.
Out of all the PS books I have bought I have learnt more from this one book than any other, even though the author says it is not a 'How To' book! This has proved to be the best money spent and already I have learnt more in a month, than I learnt in 6 months with all the other so-called 'How-To' books I own.
I cannot recommend it highly enough and I am really enjoying the HTCIPS forum, where I have met some really nice people from all corners of the work, who are all too willing to offer advice and guidance. Do yourself a favour go and buy it now! You won't regret it, I certainly haven't.
Just in case, I have no connection with the author or the publisher of this or any other of Steve Caplin's works, other than being a very satisfied customer. (Which aint easy where I am concerned).