It took me years of flailing before I took the initiative to learn Photoshop Layers and Masks. I wish I had started sooner because learning Layers and Masks changed photography for me. Photoshop finally became the digital darkroom I had imagined.
I realize that layers and masks can be a tough concept for many photographers to grasp. That's why I wrote a series of basic layers lessons over at my blog. This series of lessons is aimed at Photoshop beginners and those of you that have tried but failed to learn layers and masks. I present the subject in a different way than most texts and tutorials. Hopefully you find these lessons helpful!
Lesson 1 -- Introduction to Photoshop Layers
Lesson 2 -- Introduction to Layer Masks
Lesson 3 -- Photoshop Layers and Masks in Action
Let me know what you think.