I use PhotoImpact. Its just like PS7 and is much cheaper (well if you bought them). Its much less complex so its VERY easy to start with. I use it all the time. The only reason I dont switch to use PS7 is im too used to PI7 already. But for anybody whos just starting I HIGHLY recommend PI7. It also comes with the Ulead GIF editor, so you can make your sigs animated if you want.
yeah photoshop 1.7 is cool i mean i need to learn howto make layers n **** because i wanna mix up some pics but my friend is n awesome layout maker for sites so right now i don`t half to worry about that hes like the best ever..i mean he made a damn banner with like 6 7 pictures on it under like 5 minutes or so..and its awesome, but i wish he would make me one or can someone make me one, for my xp account little picture beside my name.. if you have xp you should know what i`m talking about..