I purchased this item after seeing a short demo on tv. I already have photoshop 7 ,but cannot yet get the hang of it.Paintshop pro makes it much easier to do some things .Eg.You can colour parts different colours easily. There are lots of easy effects to use. The learning center is very helpful. I am hoping that by using paintshop,i may then be able to progress to photoshop ( which is much more complex ). The more i use it ,the more i learn things. The thing is not to worry too much,as there is a useful help section,a booklet,and you can always delete something you have made a mess of (providing you have worked on the copy you are advised to make ).