By following the step by step instructions in this book, novice web designers will be able to produce much more professional looking web sites.
This book received many rave reviews when it was first released and the first print run was sold out within days. I am not quite sure why that happened as I do not believe that this book is quite that good.
While this book is not an absolutely prefect guide to web design for beginners it will be extremely difficult for anyone to write a more perfect guide than this one. The basic aspects to design are all covered in great detail with plenty of examples to illustrate the design process.
Surprisingly since the book can display images at a higher resolution than the web (or perhaps because of it) the images illustrating the use of texture in design do not look significantly different from the untextured versions.