Want to give Adobe Elements more power for absolutely free? No problem! There are bunches of people out there who have written Actions that give Elements a few more of Photoshop's powers.
Do a Google search for Adobe Elements Extras and you'll find a host of sites offering free downloads. For instance:
Paul Shipley of Melbourne, Australia has devised a free way to use curves, layer masks, quick mask, channel mixer and other features inherent to Photoshop by installing his free 'workarounds' in the Effects tab of Elements.
Check it some of these resources and let me know what you think! Send an email and we'll build an Elements resource page of our very own, complete with your comments.