I am thinking of changine to Photoshop but I am confused by all the different opptions. I am but a simple amateur photographer and don't want to get too complicated. Can anyone throw light into the darkness?
Although I have Photoshop CS4 and about to update to CS5, I would not pay the price unless you are a very keen photographer (semi professional). I think Photoshop Elements 8 would be fine at about £70 versus over £500 for CS5.
I started on Photoshop 7 and loved it from the start when I first opened up the program, it is great. I never really learned all of what it can do as its a huge capability tool and does even more then ever thought possible these days. What helped me learn was The missing manual book on photoshop, its written really well to understand click here, also recommend checking out classroom in a book too, theres some good stuff in there too on practical learning. If you have a lot of money you could invest in Lynda.com dvds as I've seen one a couple of years ago now and it was very good to do it whilst watching a video of someone. That said there's loads of tutorials on photoshop and other programs like gimp and elements on youtube so you might want to check that out first.
I use PS V7 it covers about 80% of the latest version and can be bought for cheap, where as PS CS versions are about £600. You CAN NOT beat PS, but its a long learning curve. Look in your local Library for PS books. YOU GET OUT WHAT YOU PUT IN, PS CAN NOT BE BEATEN. David