A recommendation for a good book is one of the responses for which I was hoping. Thanks for the web suggestions, though.
sorry i didnt read any good book about general use of photoshop.
I have Adobe.Press.Adobe Photoshop.Classroom.In.A.Book but its just little bit better than photoshop help.
I know some about raw, but that far away from basic.
I found that the price for that video tutorial is [a href=\"http://www.lynda.com/store/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=438]http://www.lynda.com/store/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=438[/url] 150dollars. If it is much or not depend on you. But I can tell you that is really good. And I think its much easier and faster than reading a book.
another - the cheapest way is to lear from internet sources
Its cheapest, but it can be longest and hardest.It depend on your ability to learn. Some people need teacher some dont. I learned in photoshop this way, but I can tell you it wasnt so fast as If I have a teacher or that video tutorials.
I can suggest this http://ronbigelow.com/articles/articles.htm
and one another way is to hire teacher or get som evening classes (whatever)
But this can be good or bad. Its really depend on you,teacher, class, whatever.
anyway, the basic rule is
Work in PHOTOSHOP as much as you can!!!