Yes I have, I didn't like it because it was a bit too "bulky" for me. Though if I do go to an art institute heavy chances are that they will teach me to use such a program (or if when I get the Wacom I will use PS and then they will teach me how to use PS more efficiently.) And thank you it means a lot to me it really does. And I have not heard of that site before, I took a look at it and it seems easy enough, I just have to go over things with my mother first before I do anything. Also because you seem to know a lot about this field, I was thinking about getting a "starter tablet" that would be cheaper until I can get a heavy duty Wacom (those can be really pricey o_o; ) so I was thinking a Huion H610PRO peraps, seems like I would get more bang out of my buck for this and once I have a more stable amount of income when I am 18 and out of my family's tax bracket and its just my own taxes that I have to pay then I can buy a more elaborate one, to be specific: Cintiq Companion 2 Intel® Core™ i7 512 GB *drools*
hey just chiming in here ( again kind of ^^ ).
so from what i get is you like animated ( maybe manga ) stuff and want to do your own. it is totally ok to buy a cheaper one like the huion. you hear alot of good stuff about huion.
the cheapest wacom comes about the same price as the huion variant you were looking at. i know its a worn of phrase but trust me "size does not matter". my tablet is huuuuge ( but i got it cheap so durr ) and when it was new i often wished i had a small bambus tablet or so.. so maybe simulate with a sheet of paper - how you want to work in front of your pc. thats the most important part. you dont need any more money per se but if you had - you could also invest in a small keyboard-ish thingy for hotkeys - thats half the reason for a good intuos ( the quick access buttons on them ).
i took a wooden plank and designed some kind of connection-table for desks. before i had that it was kind of uncomfortable working with such a huge tablet since i never had space for it on my working table. also the small extra keyboard was such a great investment... ( 5 bucks XD )
so what im trying to say here is that while better equipment makes a difference but its more important to build a comfotrable workspace so you can focus on your art.
also the "after effect" part makes me believe that you like to do animated videos/ scenes yourself? if so you might want to check out "toon boom" or so.