We are taking this thread on a wild tangent, but PhotoShop is still the best program avaiable for photo adjustment purposes. One big problem is if you convert a file from PSD to GIF the number of colors is dramatically reduced. As a result, colors shift on the computer screen and in some cases the contrast seems to "tighten" up. For the average monitor, no big deal. If you are working with a good graphics monitor, its a big deal. I used to own a graphic design company in Florida and we produced millions of hotel brochures for some of the largest resort hotels in the Caribbean. Promise, if you've ever been to Cancun you've seen my photos in the brochures of a bunch of hotels. I used to produce the brochures for close to 20% of all the hotels on that island as well as the largest watersports operation in Mexico. Without PhotoShop, we would not have been able to make a living! I know the program well, but never used it professionally. I paid very good graphic designers to do the work and as a fringe benefit made my employees teach me how to use the program. Now I just play with it!