as for PS plugg-ins i am new too the field, for the most part i am with PS as well. i downloaded a trial of NIK Software Color Effex Pro 3.0 and OnOne Photo Tools. i havent been able to play around with photo tools yet, but i do like the way NIK does it. essentially all it does is make short cuts in photo shop, correct? or is it something completely different? and would it be something to look in to getting? maybe this might help some others out as well.