I’m sorry, I didn’t really want to argue, but that statement is utterly false. A basic(or even advanced) understanding of photoshop will make no one a great painter. You have to separate the tool from the artist. That’s what photoshop is, a tool. It will not magically make you a great artist. The idea that a piece of software is more imortant than the human behind it - the idea that a machine can turn any Joe Shmoe into a great painter - is simply degrading to artists. I have a decent understanding of photoshop, and I sure ain’t a great painter. There’s plenty of people on this board that have a basic understanding of photoshop. How many of them do I consider great painters? One? Maybe two?
Sorry I got this thread so off-topic.