A fabulous book and I would suggest a "must have" if you have bought PixInsight. The software costs about £230 in the UK depending on the Euro rate so spending an additional £25 for the best resource in learning to use it is money well spent.
As I am sure you know if you are reading this, PixInsight is fantastically powerful image editing software, and is equally fantastically complex to learn. No book is ever going to teach this software by a "click here and do that" monkey-see-mokey-do approach. Every sub-exposure, every subject, every set of sky conditions and every telescope/camera/filter combination is different. It's like saying you can learn a language fluently by reading a book; of course you can't. However, this book, allied with Harry's Astroshed videos and other resources on YouTube will get you up and going. There are plenty of free to download data sets out there on the web to practice on if you do not have your own. Those by Jim Misti that he makes freely available are fantastic.
If you have PixInsight and are a newbie or Intermediate, do yourself a favor and spend the £25 odd to get this excellent resource.
It covers a lot of basic and more complex techniques and provides sample workflows which are easy to follow. Where techniques are mentioned in workflows, the relevant sections in the book are also referenced which makes finding the sections easier.
The only gripe (and it is a pretty ridiculous oversight) is that the book contains images which there use to illustrate the techniques being used. The only problem is that the images have been reproduced in mono! So, you find a technique about developing narrowband images using the Hubble palette and a comment such as "as you can see in figure 15.2 the effects can be quite dramatic".
A must have in the arsenal of anyone serious about producing images using PixInisght. Warren's clear and concise style removes any confusion around the use of the application, thus providing the understanding required to fully maximise the potential of the application. For beginners and intermediate users, the book offers comprehensive explanations of the tools to be used along with excellent workflows and supporting explanations. I like the explanations as they do not confuse with overly complex science, they stay on topic and answer the questions a user would have. This allows for rapid understanding and use of the tool(s) utilising the newly acquired knowledge. As a fairly advanced user this book filled in all the gaps. Tools previously used on a trial and error basis are now clearly understood, this allows me to dial in the correct settings with the clarity and precision I previously lacked. Even as an advanced user the book was littered with vast amounts of information I had simply not been aware of previously or in some cases had misunderstood. If you're using PixInsight and do not have a copy of this book it is likely you are doing yourself and your images a disservice, whether you are a beginner or experienced user it should be an invaluable asset always ready and to hand, my copy always is!
Even after using PixInsight for almost 5 years and becoming reasonably proficient this book is still teaching me new techniques and deepening my understanding of how to use this excellent tool. I've found it to be very well written, clear and easy to follow and understand. Some prior knowledge of astro image processing and familiarity with PixInsight will help I think, but I don't that this is required to gain a lot from this book. The structure of the book makes for a good reference too, giving you the ability to dip in and out as needed to help with a particular tool or an area of processing.
If you use PixInsight, buy the book and look up Warren's video tutorials online, you'll be glad you did.
The best, practical and concise user guide for the fabulous Pixinsight. If you are new to Pixinsight or simply find it a bit daunting owing to it's huge range of incredible tools and modules, you really must get this book. Use it alongside all the other useful tutorials available via the Pixinsight website to become proficient at image processing like the professionals.
PixInsight is a major piece of software for astrophotography - unfortunately it's documentation is limited, there is no manual and the learning curve can be quite steep. This book fills a huge gap, providing both a valuable reference and user manual for the 'newbie' and the experienced user alike. Using Warren Keller's book it's now possible to start using PixInsight as quickly as it's main rival in the area - Photoshop.
Yes there are tutorials galore on the web but sometimes you need to understand at a more fundamental level what each process can achieve and how best to use it in a given situation. It's a shame the images in the book are not of a better quality but the text is excellent.