I've always been interested in photo editing but never had the opportunity (or funds) to learn how to use Photoshop. Paint has allowed me to resize, crop, delete and edit photos for years, even though it is quite rudimentary and simple. Microsoft Office Picture Manager has shown me that there are more options to do the same painstaking things in less time.
Then one day, I discovered an icon which I hadn't seen before on my desktop. GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program). In essence, GIMP is a Photoshop-like program with one major benefit - IT'S FREE!
The program itself seemed quite intimidating at first, however, after searching Youtube, I've found a number of handy videos that have helped me learn.
Here are some pictures that I've manipulated using GIMP:
Selective Colorization (Youtube Video):
Cutting out a picture - "Photoshopping" (Youtube Video):
There are a number of other techniques that can be done with GIMP including face replacement, teeth whitening, blemish removal, skin airbrushing, and pop art creation.