I am copying a reply to your other post. If you have read it already,
sorry, just ignore it. But the big point is I do not think you are going
to find what you think you are looking for. Either way,...good luck.
Stating that the program is "hard to use" you must be able to open pictures
in the program. Once you have a picture "open" there are many tools that
will help you without learning much;
With picture open go to "Enhance" and then click on "Auto Levels". (Top of
your screen....File, Edit, Image, ENHANCE) ... This usually does a nice job
in adjusting lighting and contrast with just one click.
Once you are comfortable opening pictures and using this automated
adjustment if you gradually take things one step at a time you will be very
pleased with Photoshop Elements.
If your image still looks a little dark after using the "auto levels" go
back to "Enhance" and this time select "Adjust Brightness Contrast" /
"Brightness / Contrast". The sliders on the 'pop up screen' are very easy
to use for this adjustment and you can see the instant changes on the photo.
(Move that slider screen around by clicking in the blue bar above the
sliders where it says brightness contrast, Hold and drag it to where you
want and then let go).
I sense that you are a bit overwhelmed by all the tools and options and I
think the best thing to do is just ignore everything but the tool needed to
correct what you are trying to do. (Unless you want to learn ALL the
functions of the program immediately, then the book and or lesson plan may
One row below those options on the right side is what is called Layers
Palettes. They have what looks like file folder tabs. Look through them
and click on the one that says; "How To". Right under the words "how to"
is an arrowhead pointing down, click on that and choose something from the
list and you will get step by step instructions on how to accomplish the
"how to" subject.
If you stick to the basic functions of the program I can't think of any
program that can make changes simpler. And there certainly is no program
that will do the changes better.
Try it a while and come back with any questions you encounter. You will be
glad you stuck with it I am sure.