My Answer is Corel Paint Shop Pro
I chose this program as the best solution for getting a fairly full photo editing program, at a fair price (around $50-$60.) The complete Photoshop is too expensive, PS Elements is limited, but I do like PSP, (I have version X2 - X3 is now out.) I do digital scrapbooking too, and this program works well for that. The only problem I see with it is that info on use, though available, is not as plentiful as with PS.