You know the funny thing here? I started with Macromedia Fireworks (now Adobe Fireworks of course). Then I outgrew that and went to GIMP because I couldn't afford Photoshop. At first I struggled with the PS interface. Nothing was where I expected it to be. I couldn't find anything, didn't know how to get the crop to actually crop, etc., etc. etc.
Now that I have CS3 I can't imagine going back to GIMP or Fireworks.
I'm in the same boat you were when you switched from GIMP to PS. I recently got PS7 but have been using Paint.net (P
et) for years. I can't find my arse from a hole in the ground with PS right now so I keep defaulting back to PDN. I open my chops in PS and in just a few minutes I am so dang frustrated that I can't do or find what I need that I just close PS and open PDN. I Need a personal, hands-on tutor. (any volunteers? hehe)
And what sucks for me, GIMP is just as bad as PS, can't seem to get around in it either.
Best advice is to simply stick with it. Find an interesting tutorial and do it. You'll learn the interface quickly if you do enough tuts.
I finally forced my own hand when I rebuilt my machine and only put Photoshop on. Left all other options out.
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