Trevor, it really depends on what you want to do in the App. retouch photos, create graphics, animation. My first tutorial in photoshop was creating a CD booklet and the CD with the jewel case. My advice is to look up as many tutorials as you can and do them whether it be layers, masks, alphas, filters, brushes, text, shadows, etc. I printed out all of my initial tutorials and keep them in a ring binder. Now I remember every step I learned through the tutorials. As you do more tutorials, you'll become proficient ( and confident ) as to what it is you wish to achieve. I am addicted to Photoshop as well as Flash, Corel's Painter app and a much older app known as Creature House ( which is no longer supported or produced -I have to run it on Win Xp ).