I have both Elements and the full Coreldraw package, mainly for using Draw on non-photo projects. If you shoot in RAW, be aware that Paint uses Camera Raw Lab import your NEFs, and will erase or mangle your EXIF data. I spend weeks with Corel customer support on this issue, and they finally agreed it was a problem but didnt commit to fix it. Paint does give you creative possibilities that are closer to Photoshop than Elements, if youre looking to do that kind of work. I occasionally pull out my D70 to shoot IR photos, and Paint is a good tool for processing those images. So, depending on what youre doing, youre probably better off with Elements or Lightroom. Hope this helps!