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I am very new to the photoshop programs and was wondering if I could get anyones opinion.  I have a windows XP computer and want to be able to do some photoshopping/editing on photos that take with my Canon XSi.  I was told that Lightroom 2 is all I'll need for all my editing since I'm just an amature, but the more I've seen on the adobe website, it looks to me like CS4 is the editing program and lightroom is really just for sorting photos and doing very general editing.  I'm kind of confused on what each program is used for and would be greatful for any advice on whether to just stick with lightroom 2 or make the jump to Adobe photoshop cs4.
Thanks all.

No need to feel ignorant.  Wait until you read some of the answers here and you'll know what ignorant really is.  I don't follow what you said about Elements not having the editing capabilities you want.  What is lacking?  It has many lighting & filtering features.  I don't have it, but I've helped people learn it.  I was quite surprised at how much it can do.
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