Thank you very much for answering my question.
I have just downloaded a trial of Photoshop Elements 9 and yes it does so a lot of what I want. I have only played with it for 30 minutes so I have not yet fully investigated it. I do like its simplicity and apparent user-friendly set-up. Can you please tell me however, if the CS5 program does all that the Elements 9 does and is basically a user-friendly program that a non-computer-expert (i.e. me!) will be able to use?
CS5 version of photoshop is a full featured program. In that the wizards are not available. It is assumed that you know a thing or two about photo editing. Because it is a full featured program the learning curve can be steep. But there are lots of books and video training available. some free and some cost.
So photoshop elements is meant to hold your hand and help teach you and lacks certain features. As for what features are missing, I can't say as I have not tried it. But thats the word on the forums.
Good luck in making your decission. Oh yeah down load both trial programs, it will make your decission much easier.
Thank you every one for your assistance. Now a more defined question:
As I have children we qualify for the Education Programs.
I have decided on the CS5 program,but that program as such is not listed in the Education Store products.
Does anybody know if the Photoshop CS5 Extended Student & Teacher Edition is a close match?
Thank you once again for everyone's expertise.
Photoshop Elements should do everything that you want.
It is a full-featured Image editing program. Where it falls short of PS CS 5 will be:
No CMYK support - unless you are going to a commercial printer, you will not miss this
No creation of Layer Sets - unless you are creating DVD/BD Menus, you will likely not need this
Has fewer Filters, and fewer 3rd party plug-ins - may miss some, but maybe not
Does a bit more with Presets, so some ultimate control will be sacrificed to a "big-button" solution
Lightroom is great for "processing" Images, but you need an Image editor.