Easy image editing, on the cheap: Paint.NETMy dad needed to touch-up some old scanned photos, so he asked me for a software recommendation. He needed something vastly more capable than Windows Paint, and he needed editing features that don't come with something like Picasa. But he definitely didn't need the power or complexity that come with GIMP or Photoshop. And he doesn't do this very often, so it's probably not worth it to buy something like Photoshop Elements.
My recommendation to him: The free Paint.NET, developed as a joint project between Microsoft and Washington State University. It's designed to be easy to use, it fills the niche between MS Paint and Photoshop quite nicely, and it's even open source under the MIT license. If you're using Windows, give it a try.
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