The Complete Book of Gimp is a massive volume which gives the GIMP user all the info they need to assist them while they are using GIMP. GIMP is used for photo editing as well as art design. It is very much like Photoshop without the high price tag. GIMP is free, and the users can download brushes and plug-ins right off of the net. This book allows you to have a detailed manual in hand to take away the mystery of using GIMP. This book works well for the novice or those with little knowledge of GIMP as well as for those who want to dig a little deeper. Since there is so much information, I wouldn't try to read the book cover to cover, but refer to it as needed. It is an excellent resource.