Photoshop takes some time to get used to, luckily there are plenty of tutorials go help you get through the tough times. It is a great tool to use, I use it for everything image related. I have the full paid version, normally it would be around $1000 - $1500 but I got it much cheaper through the university.
Oh, I've had GIMP for sometime, but my problem is there are scarcely any worthwhile tutorials for GIMP. Any of them that I find end up throwing terminology that I've never heard of before, or expect me to know something that hasn't been introduced to me. I'll find something, though. Is Photoshop a better program to start with over GIMP in your opinion, and how much is your version of it?