Paint shop pro and Photoshop Elements both wonderful for beginners/advanced users with a budget. Both are about 100 dollars (US). I use Photoshop Full, but that cost major dollars so if it's your first graphics program i'd hold off. Honestly those are the best things i can reccomend. Everything else seams to suck. Oh sorry i forget sometimes, Corel Photo-Paint is comparable ot Photoshop, and I think it comes with Corel Draw, don't quote me on that though, but Photo-Paint is good. well those are basically the top four. stick with those and you're safe. Nowwwwww if you are looking to do huge amounts of web export, then you might want to look into Fireworks 4.0 by macromedia. It's comparable to Photoshop, but its strong points really seem to lie in export to the web. ok i think i've touched every base. good.