So I've been getting my arms wrapped around photoshop ... slowly. I can now do a lot of the basic tricks but by no means am I an expert. Meanwhile, some very reasonably priced competitors seem to be cropping up. I've been playing with the demos of Pixelmator and Acorn. They actually are good for most of my needs. They certainly load and process a heck of a lot faster than Photoshop CS2 on my intel mac. However, as far as I can tell there is no magnetic lasso, which I find really helpful. I'm definitely a novice when it comes to photo editing however and welcome comments and emails from you veterans out there as to your thoughts on the matter.