I’m hopelessly hooked on Photoshop, but people often ask me what they should use for photo editing and I’m loath to recommend anything so expensive. I tried The Gimp, and while it’s as close as you get to free Photoshop, it’s a pain to install and not particularly easy to learn.
Enter Picnik. It’s not only free, it works in a browser, so it doesn’t matter if you’re on Windows, Mac or Linux. It’s also much more user-friendly than either Photoshop or The Gimp. The one down side is it’s slow. But if you only edit photos every so often, it’s the perfect answer.
Me? I’m sticking with Photoshop. But I’m delighted to have another free tool to commend to others.