I wouldn't call myself a Photoshop expert but I know a few things here and there. Most Photoshop owners do not even know how to use some of the best tools that the program has to offer. I started learning on Adobe Photoshop 2.0 by watching youtube videos, and I have expanded since then (3 years ago). I would highly recommend just watching youtube videos before going out and spending a fortune for books. Currently I own Adobe Photoshop CS5.
Now for these particular images that I created I used Photoshop CS5. I actually purchased a wonderful Bamboo Capture Touch Pad! This thing is worth every penny of the $115 I spent! You just plug the touch pad into your computer's usb unless you have a fancy wireless one. Then let your creativity go free! This touch pad works perfectly with Photoshop and came with Photoshop 8.0. Perfect for image editing or for architects! Photoshopping with this thing is great because of all the different brushes.
This touch pad is not only great for architects and photographers but its perfect for writers! The included programs allows for the user to hand write onto the tablet and it automatically transforms it into typing. Some features are confusing to understand. That is why I recommend watching the tutorial that came with the CD. It took me around 10 min to get through it and was worth watching. So if you enjoy photography, drawing, or writing buy a touch pad, preferably a Bamboo one!
These are some of the first images I created with my new Bamboo touch pad using Photoshop CS5. Subject: Human Animals.