Yes, I admit it, I am still enthralled with the possibilities of photo manipulation in Photoshop Elements 8. I am hoping that it is a bit like a sweet dessert. At first you can't get enough, and then suddenly your body screams "not one more bite!". I'm waiting now for the scream. :-)
If you are interested in learning more about Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, I would highly recommend Marie Otero as an online instructor. Her blog is Lost Aussie and her online course is entitled, Digital Magic. She got fabulous reviews so I don't think you would be disappointed.
Below is a painting I did recently. You will then see three other versions of it after editing in PSE 8. These are, of course, the ones that worked. Some manipulations and adjustments end up not worth keeping. I did like these, however. I'd love to hear your honest assessment.