« on: August 11, 2013, 10:21:25 PM »
I use Photoshop Elements 9 and love it. I have not personally found a need to use the full CS version of Photoshop (pricey), because Elements does everything I would need to do. I have not used Lightroom but I generally do not shoot RAW. You can do RAW conversion in Elements, but for large groups of photos it would be rather time consuming.
My understanding is that Lightroom is for sorting and standard edits (color balance, noise reduction, etc) of large batches of photos and Photoshop (Elements or CS) is for more advanced edits, such as replacing backgrounds, doing composites (including panoramas), adding text, etc.
You may find a need for both or you may find Lightroom is enough (as others have said). If you are in the very tiny minority of serious photographers like myself that shoots camera JPEG, then you may find like me that Elements is sufficient.