They're all good programs. Anything you can get your hands on is good IMO. The main thing is to find something you like and enjoy using. PS is definitely not for everyone, and all those other programs have ample strong points too. You definitely don't need to spend a fortune to find what you need. :)
Sorry, JoJo, I don't know. I only use PS Elements for the Wow effects, which are out of this world. I have never searched for tuts for it.
And Corey, you're so right. I wish I had the patience to really learn PS, but allas!, the old brain is to decrapitated... Ops, sorry, I meant decrepit. :o
And truth be told, I use about 10 different programs, including the little old Windows Paint. They all have something peculiarly great that the others don't. :D
So there! Viva la difference!
Well said. And that's a good reminder, Windows paint is definitely a perfectly good image editor for quite a few common tasks... :)