I completely agree with you that PI is complex and has a steep learning curve.
I’ve only gotten through the preprocessing steps on a few images and find the results absolutely astounding considering the light pollution they were shot through. Looking forward to finishing them soon.
If you do ever decide to jump into the deep end of the pool with PI, I highly recommend “Inside PixInsight 2nd edition” by Warren A. Keller.
While it does jump around a bit as far as following the natural progression of the workflow, it has been an invaluable resource for me.
I used it to create a spreadsheet that allows me to track where I am in the very long and sometimes complex sequence. One for each image allows me to pick up where I left off when life inevitably calls me away.