~Yeah....lol...I started in early november. ~There are free programs online that I started with like aviary, that support layers. Layers were really confusing for a while. A lot of reading tutorials and more just messing around with the different tools is how I learned. It does take some practice. ~Eventually, I downloaded the trial version of photoshop and fell in love with it. That's where I would start if I were you. There's a lot of support online for it and I think the interface is really friendly. I tried gimp at one point, too...I hated it...lol. ~Definitely go with photoshop.