I used it in college and it was very direct and to the point. You will learn how to use various tools including the selection tool, most brightness/contrast techniques for photo editing, how to use some advanced CS5 features and more.
Now it won't tell you how to design things, only teach you the program. There's a large difference between actually learning how to design and how to learn a program.
Last edited by Mittineague; Jun 18, 2012 at 16:35.
Reason: fixing link
Thanks Emylee that book is a blast from the past for me. I had these back when I first started learning Photoshop. If they're still around I'm guessing they're still the same comprehensive step-by-step through the functions of PS. I totally agree with your final sentence too.