"New to photo editing and only want to crop and remove red eyes from images? Then try a simple (and free!) software like Picasa. But if you're ready for something slightly more advanced, read on to learn the basics of Photoshop. The program's robust editing capabilities make the possibilities limitless, so don't let its numerous strangely labeled buttons and windows intimidate you. (Lasso tool? What?)
Before you really begin trying to learn how to use the program, take some time and mess around with some of the tools. Trial and error is the best way to learn. Those little icons on the right hand side are your weapons in the battle against boring photos, so get to know what they look like and what they do..."