and welcome! I second what everyone else has said ... I was introduced to digiscrapping 1 year ago by my sister and didn't know anything about it. I got photoshop elements (at her recomendation although she was using a different program at that time), took the beginners class here at GDS and have become totally addicted to it!! As someone who was in your shoes last year, I strongly recommend taking classes. I learned a little from a book but the classes are what really got me going ... and although I don't know anything about other programs I can say that I think PSE is well worth the money! If you have any questions, just ask ... there is always someone around to answer them.