Curves, but no road.
I recently came across something I thought I would share with those who might have an interest. It's about how to add a curves adjustment to Photoshop Elements.
The full versions of Photoshop ( CS 4, 5, etc ) have curves adjustments. While nowhere near an expert myself, being able to do this kind of adjustment in a photo is a powerful tool. However, the more affordable versions like Elements 7 & 8 don't have this capability. Here is how to add it for free. By the way, this works with several other photo processing programs, as well. See the webpage for details.
Go to this website: http://www.free.pages.at/easyfilter/curves.html
Toward the bottom of the page is the download link. Download the "smartcurves zip file" to your desktop. I believe there is also a version for Mac, but I didn't check that out as I use Windows.
Open the zip file. There should be a "readme" file and three executable files. Using Windows Explorer, open the C drive program files. Then find Adobe. Open Adobe and find the "filters" file. Open the filters file. Then drag the three executable files from the opened zip fole into the "filters" file.
This is how I did it. There are obviously other ways to make this happen.
When you use the full edit feature of Elements and click on "filters" this new one should appear at the bottom as "easy.filter".
For what it's worth!
Miles and smiles,