I use Photoshop mostly for minor adjustments and tweaks for the photos, and to remove dust spots with the healing brush. I think the healing brush tool alone is worth the price of Photoshop. It is very rare that I do serious photoshopping. I simply don't have the time and energy. However, I thought this beautiful portrait of my son deserved some photoshop treatment. The original picture had a red curtain as background. Using the Filter->Extract tool, I removed all the background and replaced it with a gradient layer. I am quite pleased with the result, and the 8x11 printout that I did on my HP photo printer looks just great.