You do realize this is the ArtRage site?
Why not ask at the Photoshop portion of the Adobe site. They might give a detailed answer of what the least you can expect from a certificated class would be.
Besides, so much depends on the teacher. Some teachers are pretty lame where they only have the students go through the manual or a textbook on their own doing the exercises. It's still better than nothing, but you could get the same or better value on your own, just no certificate.
Photoshop is essential for any digital artist. Elements is a skinny version of that program and would probably be a decent starting point.
And ArtRage exports and imports Photoshop formatted files so there is a cross over especially in the use of layers and filters and stuff like that.
Last edited by D Akey; 09-22-2008 at 02:12 PM.
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