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The spectrum of image and photo editing - both in terms of skills and tools available - is wide. But don't be intimidated! You don't need to be a professional or spend hours editing to achieve a professional-looking photo. There are many easy-to-use but powerful tools available, some of which are below. A small amount of editing with these tools can really do a lot to improve an image or photo, especially one you've taken yourself, so investing the time to learn one of the free tools below is well worth it.
|GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program)
An open source downloadable program for photo editing and retouching, image composition and image authoring. The most advanced free tool out there. The library has two books available on using GIMP, check them out here.
A web-based tool with three levels to choose from: Pixlr-o-matic is the most basic and can only add effects, overlays, and borders to photos, Pixlr Express provides a way to quickly and efficiently tweak a photo for the less experienced, Pixlr Editor provides seasoned photo editors with advanced editing features.
A series of downloadable apps for your computer, tablet, or smartphone. Offers sophisticated features in a very user-friendly interface that even the most inexperienced photo editor can use.