I use Photoshop Elements 10 for my heavy editing. Elements consists of three different editing modes - Guided, Quick, and Full. The different modes, with their advancing levels of complexity and capability allow the software to grow with you as your abilities progress. For advanced users, the Full edit mode has around 90% of the photo editing capability of Photoshop CS5 for a fraction of the cost.
For video editing, Premiere Elements is a very popular platform that is also very capable and easy to learn. This package deal is currently selling on Amazon for half-price!
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