For starter, what version of Premiere Elements are you using?
If you are referring to Premiere Elements 11, the following is the link to its Help PDF, all 198 pages of it.
The document can be printed or saved to your computer hard drive as a PDF file.
If Premiere Elements 11 is not your version, then please take a look at this link which gives you access to the Help PDF for Premiere Elements 10, 9, 8, and 7.
This is a bit of a detour to 10...you see the html. But open the html and look to the top right of that document to gain access to version 10's Help PDF.
You should be able to save these documents to your computer hard drive or print them.
That is as close as you will get for a written manual from Adobe for Premiere Elements. If you have any problem with that situation, Adobe has an Adobe Feature Request/Bug Report Form that you can use to communicate the issue to the Adobe people who are in charge of such matters.
Manual now only come as a pdf, so if you want them written you will have to print them yourself.
You need to hit F1 within Elements.
http://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements.html (see help and tutorials)
I've also written step by step books for the software for several years.
Here's my book for version 11. The others are all available at Amazon.com.
I've also got a free 8 part Basic Training tutorial series if you're interested (as well as a detailed course on http://Lynda.com.)
11, but where is the link for that?
I am not looking for commercials
Major Oops. Sorry about that.
The link for the Premiere Elements 11 Help PDF is
Thanks for bringing the missing Adobe link to my attention.
Add On...I know you did not ask, but, just in case, the following is the Adobe link to the Elements Organizer 11 Help PDF.
You can access the Elements Organizer from the Premiere Elements 11 workspace
a. clicking on the Organizer Tab at the bottom of the Quick or Expert view interface
b. selecting Add Media/Elements Organizer
If the PDF Help File does not cover everything that you need, then I will highly recommend Steve's Muvipix Guide. It is far better, and more in-depth, than any printed manual ever offered for PrElements. I would not be without it, and there are many posts of high praise in this, and several other forums. It is a very worthwhile investment.
It is no different with cameras. The printed manual has evaporated from earth!
Many find it economical to take downloaded .pdf files for cameras and software to Office Depot, Staples or FedEx/Kinkos for printing and binding.
I agree that random video watching may not get the job done. "Random" is the problem. Frankly, the best learning tool I've experienced is the highly organized and thorough course at Linda.com. It will cost you $25 but the "fancy [course of organized] videos with a sexy voice" will teach you quickly and in depth. You will efficiently become quite good at video editing with PrE11.