A reference manual for Photoshop?

There is a huge number of how to tutorials and books on the web in the books etc. What I really want is a reference manual where each command/feature is explained and options defined in the way manuals used to be written. I have some Scott Kelby books and others, but they all tell you how top do this and that, but I would really like to understand better what I am doing and then I will not need so much the how to books. Is there nothing like that available? Please tell me there is. Pavel

Thank you very much J Maloney. I really got into the Adobe reference that you gave me a link for. It is great! I finally understand what is the difffernce between objects and adjustment layers and masks. I think I get the concept of channels as well. Suddenly Kelby's books are not just inexplicable sequence of buttons pressed. I actually at least in part understand (I think) on a conceptual level what is happening. This is an important breakthrough for me - the biggest since I have been able to calibrate my system and being able to sofproof the photos, so that in strong Solux (white) lighting I get images in print that are very similar to those on my monitor, when I put the two next to each other. I now beleive I will be able to learn to use PS reasonably effectively over time. I appreciate your help.
I also appreciate your most recent suggestion and your endorsement Jerome as well. I purchased the CS3 version of the Bible. I will see how well this will serve me. If I find that I need more or if I will not be able to breach the gap between CS 3 and 4 (I suspect I will be able to), I will get the reference you two suggest.
I am very appreciative of your help. PS is a challenge for me and you kicked me in the right direction. Pavel

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