I don't know anything about photo elements, I do have photoshop, but mostly use my paint shop pro, which is so much like photoshop.
BUT, I believe that you can downloan "GIMP" off the internet for free and was told by someone, it is so much like photoshop.
SO, for free, worth a shot, if you don't like it, NOTHING out of pocket and you can delete it!
Look for tutorials on how to use any software you get. All of the tools can get very confusing when starting out.
I have been using my paintshop pro for about 13 yrs. I am a self taught gal. I just started messing around, then after pulling out my hair, I found free tutorials.