From what I've read online, Photoshop has a manual the thickness of a yellow pages phone book. And it's VERY expensive.
Others who don't have a graphics program yet might wanna try Paint Shop Pro.
U can download the fully functional (60 day before expiring) Demo at www.jasc.com.
I use Psp for making CFS panels, photo stuff, and it comes with Animation Shop which works great for them animated gifs.
If U find Psp version 6.00ev or earlier U can remove it with Norton System Works - Norton Utilites (Click these buttons: Uninstall/Program cleanup/Remove and then find the folder and pooooof). Reboot and re-install. I never got this to work for any versions over 6.00ev.
Also, Psp version 4.14 was the last non-expiring shareware release and it will do textures, panels, etc just as well as PhotoShop or other Psp versions, but it doesn't have the creature comfort features of the higher Psp versions (like a thumbnail browser, some other conveniences).
Use a search engine to find it keywords 'Psp' or 'Psp4'. Higher versions, besides the current one, takes a long time to find - and that's only if someone somewhere has posted it recently.
Tho not as user friendly, there's GIMP. It's real Freeware and can do them textures, panels, etc. too. But it takes some time learning how to drive the dang thing!
Here's the link to the Gimp Download:
[This message has been edited by ritt_bear2790 (edited 12-27-2000).]