I purchased this book as a recent recruit to Photoshop, with a view to working with Black and White images. The book was 10 years old and this is apparent from some of the "non-photoshop" techniques used eg the scanners are now far more advanced. Nevertheless, as the basic Photoshop engine has remained the same since its inception, much of the detailed work can be translated into later versions quite easily. I found even the outdated pre-processing methods useful to fill in my knowledge of the "whys" in addition to the "hows". For somebody interested in only having a quick reference type of book, this is not for you. If, however you want to see good images; to see the stages in their transformation, and are interested in photography as an art form, I recommend it. I certainly have no regrets in buying it and keeping it to hand.