You can just start exploring the menus and tools, but Photoshop doesn't lend itself to that terribly well. You could use it with various plug-ins that can simplify things, or you could get an experienced user to sit down with you and walk you through the things you want to do. The bottom line is, however, you need to put in a fairly substantial amount of time learning to get out of it what you want.
Thanks. I had versions up to cs3 but that computer crashed and have since been using elements.
>want to skip learning...
If only life were like that.
Here are some suggestions:
1. Follow bobmepp's advice and just use it. If you don't know how to do something, research it. Clearly you have access to a web browser.
2. Go on Adobe TV or other video tutorial sites and just watch what they do. You may not retain exactly how to do things, but you'll get a feel for what can be done, so you'll at least have a clue that something's possible and know better when to go looking for the "how to" info.
3. Help others out on this forum. When someone asks how to do something, take the time go find out yourself, then formulate a helpful answer. It's a REALLY great way to get to know the product.
Well, if you mean you want to learn Elements, visit the Elements forum:
If, however, you want to learn the full version of Photoshop (Elements is not Photoshop), trying to "skip learning" is absurd and futile. Photoshop is a professional level application that makes no apologies for its long and steep learning curve.
Perhaps if you explain in detail exactly what you want to do with the application, someone can give you more specific advice.
From what you have posted so far, I'm not inclined to expand on my response.
The following link will give you insight into the nature of these user to user forums: