Deke's winning formula of lessons enhanced by video, ease you from the very basics to advanced before you know it, with his laid back and witty manner, this book is a must for anyone who owns a copy of Photoshop CS4. You may think that a 470 page book dedicated to Photoshop's channels and masks could be abit overkill but I can assure you that after getting to grips with Deke's techniques (hey that rymes) you will release the pure power of Photoshop. Highly recommended.
Deke McClelland really is a Photoshop master, and this book and DVD rom together give an in-depth but entertaining insight into Photoshop CS4 masks and channels.It's powerful stuff and maybe a bit heavy for an absolute beginner, but if you have some experience of Photoshop and want to deepen your knowledge it's a good buy. I had already worked through Deke's Photoshop CS4 one-on-one book and I would recommend starting with that then moving on to this book.