I heard about this website from one of my fellow librarians at work. Its a great alternative for people who, like me, can’t afford Photoshop. It is also for people, also like me, who don’t need all the extra features that come with photoshop, but still want a good and reliable program for picture editing. When you go to this website, you can also download this software from www.download.com, you will have access to a world of photo editing techniques and features that Microsoft Photo Editor does not have. Many of the features are similar to Photoshop, but not nearly as confusing to navigate. You can layer pictures for supreme editing, crop, color, blur, sharpen, etc. Its a great tool, its FREE, and very user friendly.
The official product description from Gimp:
GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a freely distributed piece of software suitable for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition, and image authoring. It is a powerful piece of software with capabilities not found in any other free software product. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert-quality photo-retouching program, an online batch-processing system, a mass production image renderer, or an image-format converter. GIMP is modular, expandable, and extensible. It is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything. The advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest task to the most complex image-manipulation procedures to be easily scripted.