My general advice is to never buy anything unless you have a clear and compelling reason to do so. I haven't used Corel in many years; I am not aware of anything particular that Corel does that Elements does not do - and even if it does, you would not necessarily use that capability.
> While Adobe CS is the program of choice
That certainly is not universal. To the degree that any thing is "the choice" I think it would be Lightroom, which is about $150, which I claim is not very far over the $100 for Corel or Elements.
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