After several failed attempts of trying the Gimp, I just installed Gimp 2.4 RC3. Man, has it come a long way!!! It now has a healing brush, it allows you to resize your brushes on the fly with the bracket ([ and ]) hotkeys. I love the dynamic hotkeys also that let you just reassign hotkeys by selecting the menu item and pressing a key sequence. IMO, Gimp has always had masking and channel tools beyond my abilities, but now the UI is becoming MUCH more friendly. I know the limitations about 8bit color depth and CMYK colorspaces, but for just reworking digital images, I think I've found a new tool. Now to start working my way through the myriad of on-line tutorials and start writing my own scripts. You go Open Source community!!!