I believe there are trial versions (30 days) of Photoshop Elements, AND we have some AWESOME classes here to teach you how to use it! I was "self-taught" in photoshop elements and spent ALOT of time looking up and figuring out tutorials, when I could have been scrapping already! I would definitely recommend a class that teaches all the ins and outs!
You can check them out HERE
There are other programs....PSP, Gimp and possibly others, but I'm not familiar with them.
Does that help at all? If you have more questions, HOLLER, and it's great to meet you and have you here, KathyMay!