Photoshop Elements is a stripped down version of Photoshop. It's not like Photoshop CS. It's also a lot less expensive than Photoshop or Photoshop CS. I have been using Photoshop Elements (PE) for the last 12 years or so and think it's great. If you are a enthusiast and not a professional in the publishing field than PE is for you. As with all programs there is a learning curve to negotiate but its easier with PE. I use version 14.0 and don't have a need to upgrade to the latest version 15.0. You should be able to find it online for about 60 -90 dollars.