Photoshop Elements: How do I go about learning how to use the application?

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I'm brand new here and already frustrated. I can't seem to get questions answered and if I spend too much time asking or trying to understand, chat people get pissy with me, of course, in the nicest of ways! (Over training....They sound like broken records when they decide they have had enough of you.) So you stop and get off and haven't learned what you needed to know, I keep looking for something to teach me how and it has turned into 2 full days of product shoved in my face. I don't want anything else. I just spent a hundred bucks to help me make my pictures look better and instead of talking to me and explaining until I understand, I get nothing but more product everywhere I look......I bought this program to work on my pics right on my desktop; not to blast everything I own into cyberspace. Like I just said; I have totally wasted 2 complete days on this and don't know anything more. I just now stumbled into this blog and it is the first time I see answers for people! Most of them coming from other users and some from techies. When I calm down I will return to this site with questions, I think I can get some answers here....I hope OK Meltdown is over!
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Patty Swindell

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Sounds like you're using Photoshop Elements. Technical support is for dealing with issues related to the product and isn't really designed to be a training resource.

I suggest you start with these learning resources which are FREE and available via the Help menu within the application:

Learn Photoshop Elements 9 - Learn to use Photoshop Elements with video tutorials selected by experts at Adobe. Find everything from Getting Started tutorials to new features, tips, and techniques.

Photoshop Elements key concepts - If you're new to Adobe Photoshop Elements and are looking for explanations of basic terms and tasks, check out these key concept pages. Each page includes the definition of a key concept along with links to the online Help for further information, such as step-by-step instructions for completing the task. You'll also find related concepts and search terms.

Reference the "Using Photoshop Elements 9" Help/User Guide: HTML | PDF 24MB