I recently had a trail for Photoshop CC and I was using it to edit photos taken on a microscope. Essentially, I am adjusting the exposure/brightness/color of three different pictures (with three different colors) and I would like to layer those 3 on top of each other as one photo. I had the tools to do this in CC, but I am wondering if Lightroom 5 or Elements has the same capabilities. If so, where can those tools be found. Thank you
Lightroom, no. You need a graphics editor. If Photoshop Extended does what you need, why not keep using it? Creative Cloud Photography plan | Adobe Creative Cloud
Elements is a significantly simpler version of Photoshop. It might do what you need but it lacks the finer bells & whistles offered by Extended.
It sounds like Elements may have what I need. I will see if they offer a trial.
Ultimately we don't need the other functions that CC offers as this is the sole purpose of photoshop for us. I don't want to keep using CC because it requires a yearly paid subscription vs. a one time purchase of a license.
Thanks for your help!