I bought Paint Shop Pro x6 Ultimate after returning a useless copy of Adobe Elements 12 (see my review for that useless product). What a difference! Be assured this is a serious image editor easily on a par, I would say better, than Adobe's product. I would recommend buying the boxed DVD version rather than the download version from Amazon as a number of people seem to have had difficulty getting support due to a fault with the Amazon supplied serial numbers. If you don't have a DVD drive it is probably better to purchase the download version direct from Corel.
The extras supplied in the Ultimate version are well worth the extra cost, particularly the plugin filters.
It's a long time since I last used Paint Shop Pro (pre Corel days) and the software has developed beyond all recognition. Excellent image editor and very user friendly, intuitive user interface. 64 and 32 bit versions for Windows and it is recommended you load both versions on a 64 bit machine, for compatibility with older plugins. Many Photoshop plugins work in this version of Paint Shop Pro. The Management system ( equivalent to Organiser in Elements) is a breeze and the effects presets are literally one-click.
Forget Elements and don't fall for the hype that only Adobe products are suitable for serious photographers. Paint Shop Pro x6 is superb and more than capable of providing the tools even pro's require.