Bad photos happen. It can be the camera, the person taking the photo or the subject matter itself. There are many techniques available to attempt to repair a botched image. The first for many amateur photographers is the software supplied with their camera. About as good for as much as red eye. But what about when an image is so botched that fixing some flash induced freaky devil eyes
won't fix it? That's when you turn to a serious manipulation program.
The first thing most will think of is photoshop. It's excellent, but expensive. And if you want to download a trial it's hundreds
of megabytes. Personally I use GIMP (GNU image manipulation program). It is excellent; lightweight (under 20 megabytes), will run on many operating systems, has many useful tools, is very user friendly and has heaps of included gradients, fonts and textures!
Where can I get GIMP?http://www.gimp.org/
Installers are available for linux/unix, windows and mac operating systems. The system requirements are fairly
low, and it will download quickly with an average internet connection.
I'm going to take you through the ABC
of editing an image. If you want to learn to do something that's been missed, check the tool guide at the end or just ask!