2912n From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 2013 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2979 times:
Ohhhh, I beg to differ. Elements and Elements 2 are much more than bare bones versions of PS...They are very powerful if used properly and can produce just about any effect you want on photos for posting here or for printing. (All of my photos here were done with Elements.)
Personally I found the "For Dummies" series pretty good. But each person has a different learning style and curve. Since many of these books are available at libraries I would advise going there first, taking a look through what they have and then buying the one that fits YOU the best.
Also look at taking an extension course in Photoshop if one is offered in your area. The hands on help can be great and learing proper post processing of either scans or digital will help you a great deal.