Congrats on the new software! CS3 loads faster than CS2 did, so be glad you just had to get the last release. Regardless of the load time, it's worth it. Very powerful program although it has a steep learning curve. I bought a tutorial program and still haven't completed it. It seems that my free times comes in spurts rather than periods long enough to string a few hours together to complete a training session. You can download the fix to allow you to open Canon's RAW image files. As I said, I'm about as far awary from mastering this software as I can get, but if you have questions, there are a number of users on here that are very talented with Photoshop. Good luck with the program, Peter.