How did we get on MY FAVORITE topic?...LOL.
Well, katl8e - I have been using Photoshop for 13 years. Ewww, that makes me sound ancient ...(ancient 36yr old) I started using when it was version 1.0 â€”I'll never forget when it was released because it happened in February 1990 - ON MY BIRTHDAY.
If you really want to learn a KILLER Photo editing program - Photoshop is the BEST choice. It is what the professionals use - it's worth the money and time to learn. It is a requirement in design industry, not to mention, photography, videography....you name it. Photoshop is used every darn where.
I won't sugar coat it....it is complexâ€”It's not a Candyarsh program. I would honestly say that it might take a beginner 8 months to a year to learnâ€”after that you just have to keep practicing. Use it every day.
I would recommend attending One or Three Day Photoshop Conferences....they have them all of the time all over the USA (and abroad)... Also, I would highly recommend Classroom in a Book. I have heard that most colleges offer "Photoshop Only" classes, too and they teach from that book. Bottom line, once you learn it...keep practicing and you will eventually know it inside out.
I am a member of the NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professionals)
â€”their website is strictly Photoshop and they offer support online for beginners and pros...Very cool.
There's my 2Â¢â€”
I THINK IT'S A GREAT CHOICE!