I have `Photoshop 5 for Dummies' by the same author. The `Bible' is as easy to follow and goes that much further; all the way really. I'm a novice with computers but the `Bible' is written in plain language. The examples of work shown are a real eye-opener to what is achievable with practice!
A first look at this photoshop 'bible' gives an impression of a well balanced book.But alas! this book is definitely not for beginners. It is poor on the practical side of things and you sometimes think that the author is writing a story. I also found out that the author seems to be Mac biased..yes I mean more justice is done for Mac users. Another observation is that this book is not the type, web deigners/developer will want to use as a reference guide, because it concentrates more on the print side of Photoshop. Overall, I will not recommend the book for beginners or intermediate users...maybe, Deke McClelland will consider these group of users in future editions.
This book is aimed at giving you thorough coverage of all the photoshop features. For this, it is fantastic. All the features plus hint and tips from professional photoshop users ( the pro work is in full colour). This book is probably not for the novice who wants to begin to learn about some photoshop features and basic filters, but it IS definately the book for the person who wants to make the most out of photoshop's features. The book does not give help in Colour correction or masterclasses in 'what makes a photo look great' but it does lay out everything you need to get you there. So armed with this book and something like 'Professional Photoshop 5' by Dan Margulis, you can be well away to achieving professional results from any source. Definate 5 star for those who truly want good results.
One of those large bookshelf books you find yourself going back to clear up niggles. Its a bit difficult for absolute beginners because of its size and price, neverless it is a long term investment.Photoshop is a hands on intuitive thing and in this book its easy enough to find what you want when your intuition fails you.The real pearls are the artist interviews. This takes it beyond a textbook to an inspirational tool that shows a photographer a graphic artists mind and vice versa. The interviews can be light reading or tutorials depending on your mood or situation.The cds will appeal to those that like cds with books though its easy enough to work with your own pictures with a little commonsense. There are plenty of plug in demos to try for people who dont know about third party tools.Also the real hidden gem is the fact that the author has made available the update to photoshop bible 5.5 in acrobat format, this upgrades this book for free,minus the cost of a 10 mb download.