Hi, I am a basic newbie at this digital photo stuff although I have done quite a bit of film shooting in the past. I guess the question I have is whether I would benefit from having the CS3 or similar program for my image editing. I currently have the Adobe Elements 5.0 and have just gotten into the layers portion of PP. I have been able to get some nice results although I have just scratched the surface of the capabilities of the program. I am looking to do some more advanced skin smoothing and I believe the program I have does a fair job but some of the things I have seen on this forum are almost unbelievable! Are the capabilities of the more expensive programs the reason for the difference or is it the capabilities of the human that is directing the edits? One last question is how much should I expect to spend on a full version of CS3? Thanks for any and all input!