I'm quite happy that I don't have this problem since I've been working with Photoshop Elements and Lightroom for quite a while, and I am VERY happy with it. I hope that you'll find a free photo editing software that you really like. Some people like Gimp, have you tried that?
tried GIMP last weekend... I have an older version of Photoshop Elements... Kat suggested I try Lightroom... the search continues...
I am still plugging away at Photoshop but I do like the ease of Pixlar and some of the effects. The trouble was is that Picnik was so darn easy!
I don't know what I am going to do! I am going to miss Picnik. Picassa just isn't the same!
Always such fun!! And - lucky for me - I've never been a picnik user...I'm a photoshopper all the way!