Michelle, . Curvemeister has some nice timesaving conveniences and more colorful user interfaces over PS. Howver, the curves in PS will get you to the same end point. My recommendation for those learning PS would be to gain a solid proficiency with PS curve tools first because it will force a better understanding of the fundamentals of curves and color correction. After becoming proficient at PS curves, one can then try out the Curvemeister demo and decide it it provides the additional productivity enhancement to justify the extra $80 for the plugin.