So I talked my wife into letting me buy Photoshop CS4. However, I am trying to figure the basic differences between Photoshop CS4, Photoshop Elements, and Photoshop Lightroom. I always assumed that Lightroom was just a stripped down CS4, is that the case? Which would you recommend? I have Paintshop Pro right now, but find its file handling capabilities and saving functions to be frustrating. Also, I would rather have the industry standard to make the most use out of the plethora of tutorials online and in magazines. Also I can find tons of books at the local library to teach photoshop. I agree with the mentality of shooting better and less photoshopping. So most of my editing will be in terms of cropping, resizing, adjusting the photo if un-level, adjusting colors and clarity. I would like to be able to remove unwanted background objects with ease. ( telephone poles, light poles, people , cars etc. ) Any advice would be useful. I know that CS4 would be way more than I need but if I was going to spend the money, I would rather get something that I can grow with as opposed to having to upgrade and waste more money. Thanks guys.