Thanks. I tried the spot healing and the new radial gradient tools. They are excellent within the limitations, but you can't create a precise, manual selection like you can in Photoshop. And that's what I need.
I've used Photoshop for several years, but have realized that lately I use maybe 1% of its horsepower. With CC, it's no longer worth the cost to me.
I hadn't thought of Elements. Thanks for the suggestion. I'll take a close look at that.
After a quick review of other products, I downloaded the trial Photoshop Elements 11 (and Premiere Elements 11). PE 11 (both) worked quite well.
One criteria for me was to integrate well with LR5 so that I could perform initial editing in LR5, go to PE11 for some work (like editing masked selections), then smoothly return to LR5 for final touch ups, upload to sharing sites, etc. I tested that workflow and it went smoothly. My new workflow needs a lot of work, but at least I now have the basics thanks to you.
Actually it went so well that I purchased the Photoshop/Premiere Elements download combo package on Amazon for $89.99. With my upgrade to LR5, the total cost was $170. This meets my needs nicely and costs WAY less than CC.