Thanks for all this info Shelli..I am having a ball playing with photoshop too...in fact if I'm not careful, I spend more time playing with that than I do working on my bears!
Two books I found extremely helful were "Photoshop 7.0 for Dummies" and Photo colour correction for Photoshop"..that's not the exact name but something similar. Both were available at our local library so there is no need to spend any money. The first one has tutorials on how to use all the basic tools you need and in dummy talk. This one gets my vote.
I just got the light tent today.......I can see a differance already!
Now I will be going back and rereading everything in the referance library about photo's....
There was a big dif between the two photos you just showed us, but i loved the face first....what a sweet sweet face that little girl has, and Lavendish is a wonderful name!!