I subscribe to Photo Digital mag. It comes with a cd rom on which are video tutorials all deal with Adobe and 2 or 3 usually deal with Elements 3. These tutorials are put together in plain English and provide the images on disc so that you can work on them yourself. I now have a very good understanding of layers. If you click on my wifes web site click here you will see an animated gif that I created using layers and there is also a picture that I did with her name on inlaid into a piece of silk.
Donah, I have not seen May's issue so cannot comment, as for April's not the best example.
Oh and by the way it's Digital Photo mag, not as I originally put.
The best one I have seen for Elements 2 or 3 is a (back issue) April 2005 if not May 2005. I started subscribing in Sep 2004.
I have just phoned the 'back issue' line on 0845 121 4000 but they are unavailable. You can check for back issues by emailing [email protected]
As I cannot get on with 'books' these cd's are the best thing, even if you haven't got the more more expensive photoshop CS or whatever you can still watch the other tutorials and pick up tips which are very useful. Since my last thread my wife has updated her web site again with another animated gif which I created in Elements 3 this consists of 102 frames.
You have my sympathy! I started to learn about Photoshop last June and am nowhere near what you may call competant.
However, what I did learn from an early stage is that books on the subject do not help because they rarely explain how an action happens - which leaves you having to learn "parrot fashion" without any insight on how to apply the skill to other tasks.
You do as a priority need to learn about layers as they are a fundamental part of the whole Adobe "experience" and are essential to control whatever enhancements you you add to your original image.
There are many, many sites to help you - just type in Photoshop Tutorials (same as Elements in this respect) and explore.