If you've always like the manga/anime art style but can't draw, then this book is for you. Just select different clipart from multiple character files to "create" your own characters. There are some good tutorials within the book, like how to apply different coloring techniques and effects in Photoshop, but individuals who already know how to use Photoshop might find this inadequate or merely a refresher course for what they already know.
On the plus side, there really are a great number of combinations and designs you can choose to create, including monsters, mecha designs, and male/female characters. And if you're short on ideas for character design, this might serve as a source for ideas. However, be wary of this item, as I truly think there maybe something wrong with the disc. Based upon the previous reviewer, I made a backup copy of the original CD, but I am happy to say, my CPU has had no problems reading it so far. However, while browsing through the book and comparing the files on the CD, I noticed that one of the character sets, "Evil Monsters", is missing from my disc. It is annoying to pay full price for a product and not receive everything promised to you... =/
Bottom Line: A good buy for the beginning manga artist and those who don't know how to use Photoshop. I think advanced artists who already know how to draw or use Photoshop might find it inadequete. Hope this review helped any potential buyers.