I have a back of a CD cover that the background is orange and the font is black. I printed it years ago and it was fine. I have since edited it and it's printing way too dark. I've read about converting it to a PDF then to a CMYK which was a no go as nothing will open it. I'll send the sample. Photoshop usually can deal with anything but this one I can't adjust. Thanks.
What OS and version of Elements are you using? And what printer are you using?
The problem is likely with your printer settings. You have to make a choice between whether the printer or the program manages the color. It is easy to have both manage the color by mistake and that can mess up the colors.