There was a broadly similar title from many years ago (relating to several versions of Photoshop up to at least 6 or 7, pre CS), the author of which I cannot now recall. This is a considerably better all-round effort and largely example-led.
Many of its pages are fully illustrated and most of the remainder are vertically split two-thirds for screen captures and one-third for explanations of each. The book does not appear crowded and employs an easy-to-use format.
The book is divided into chapters, but they are not text laden. The chapters are task oriented and the screen captures are used to guide the reader through the process from Step 1 through to Step 6 or whatever. This is probably the best approach for a learning situation in that you are seeing in the book a representation of what should be in front of you on-screen. In this way, if you have not fully understood something, you can return to Step 1 or Step 3 and re-work the task. There is therefore no reason why you may not wish to return to a chapter at some future date to try something that may not have held any previous relevance, or for revision. The book can, and possibly should, occupy a position of importance in many Photoshop users' collections.
Although its sub-title suggests that it may be more for the designer than the more general user, that may be true to an extent but there is something here for a far wider audience, if not just about any moderately advanced or advanced user of Photoshop. It may also benefit graphic artists and illustrators.
Corey Barker, the author, has done an excellent job here for which he should be commended. He is sufficiently gracious to have given a top spot credit to Scott Kelby and the inference is that he may have benefited from either one of Kelby's books or courses. Kelby, is in my opinion, probably the foremost independent Photoshop (and many things Adobe) expert currently around.
If you are a designer who uses Photoshop, then you probably should buy it. If you are a fairly advanced Photoshop user who may occasionally use it in a design context, you will probably need it. Everyone else may gain something from it, but I would suggest either borrowing it if you can or browse some relevant portions to assess if it is of use, and then to buy it if it is going to be helpful.
An excellent approach to the subject, easy- to-use style and a comprehensive coverage of ideas make this a must have for many.
on 15 July 2012
as per normal from the writers of most photoshop books, this book shows you some tricks and how to`s but also shows you how things like the fibre filter can transform a pic in a huge way along with ather things that you would proberbly not even think you could do. a welccome addition to the rest of my books. it would be nice if they did not keep using a load of stuff from prevoius books as it mostly seems like im just bying an upgrade book, it has exacly the same pages as the previous book but with only half of the book be ing new