I am trying to learn some basic post-processing skills from tutorials found on the Internet. Unfortunately, most tutorials refer to the full Photoshop version and use tools such as Curves, which are NOT available in Photoshop Elements (I use Photoshop Elements 2.0 and cannot afford a full version of PS). Fortunately, after some Googling I found this interesting (and free ) plugin, which allows the use of Curves in PSE2 (and other versions) and it seems to work fine. It also allows the use of Layer Mask and Channel Mixer (which is a more controllable way to convert pictures to B&W than the methods available in PSE2). I am not in anyway affiliated to Earthbound Light, but I thought other people on a budget might be interested.