:I`ve graduated over about 12 months from PhotoImpact 6 to Adobe Photoshop 7. The full version (not trial) of Ulead PhotoImpact 6 has been given away in a magazine a few montha ago here in the UK. I have not used Photoshop Elements but it gets terrific support from club members. They are all excellent programs but I would make the effort to conquer the learning curve in Photoshop. This does everything except make the tea. I can even create Panoramas and 3D images without using any other programme. Once you understand its language it is easy to use and like the Bran Bin at Christmas, if you keep digging you`ll come up with another exciting goodie. You can always get these programmes cheap at you local Digital Imaging club. Don`t waste time on all these other things. You`ll be missing out on some great things you can do.