I`ve used photoshop nearly every day for about 7 years now and it never ceases to amaze me how little I know about it. I was talking to a photographer friend on the phone and he mentioned unsharp mask settings and recommended I set the "amount" slider all the way to 4-500%, the radius at 0.3 and the threshold at 0. Wow, great results! I`d always had it set somewhere around 30% - 4 - 0 or something and was never that impressed with it. You do experiment, but never really considered anything that seems extreme. Maybe everyone except me knows this already, but it makes me wonder what else I don`t know! For example, what methods do you all use for basic things like brightening up the flattish, heavy files you get from digital cameras? I`m just straight in with levels or brighness/contrast, not usually bothering with an adjustment layer. If the highlights start to burn out but the overall pic is still too dark, I magic wand the light parts, feather and invert selection, then pump up the bright/con on the rest of the image. I think photoshop 8 has a new tool to help with this but I haven`t used it yet.