GIMP – Graphic Image Manipulation Program is the open source equivalent of Photoshop for Free. For most people GIMP can do everything, and I mean everything you need. From photo re-sizing, re-sampling, changing colors, removing red eye, cropping, layering, making collages, converting from one type to another, and so much more. With all those options available it can be a bit overwhelming, however driving the space shuttle would also be overwhelming. So, target whatever you want to do and learn a few controls and features at a time. As with any good software, a bit of training can go a long way. The people who say “I will play with it and figure it out” will have varied degrees of success. For best results I recommend training, with someone who knows GIMP, with the GIMP site and GIMP Quickies, or YOUTUBE training videos.
So what are the cons you ask? Let me tell you the biggest con of all. Resistance to change makes people dream up problems
Now for the big deal. This software is FREE. Open Source and FREE.
Now here are some of the links to get to the GIMP program, GIMP Tutorials and a couple of GIMP Basic Training Videos too! Save hundreds of dollars GIMP is Photoshop for Free.
On YOU TUBE there are so many helpful videos and training sessions. Pick Someone who goes at your pace in a tone that is pleasing to you. One size does not fit all. Different people like different teachers, some like to watch, some like to read, and some need a live teacher. Do whatever works for you. Here are some video picks for basic GIMP.
Remember GIMP is Photoshop for Free and YouTube has GIMP Training for Free.