Paint.net does not have all the features of Photoshop, but it's certainly powerful enough for most purposes. The user interface is also much better designed than that of GIMP. I would recommend it to someone just starting out in image editing who is looking for a step up from something like Windows paint or something like Picasa.
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I Just Create a Video on How to Step by Step Get Adobe Photoshop for Free it's at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23Hw_f14on0
Try Photoshop Elements it has most of the features of Photoshop and is about $50 when on sale.
try sumopaint.net, it isn't as powerful as gimp, but it works. Also look for a program called photofiltre, I can't remember where I found it on the web.
Sorry I'm late but check out http://aviary.com/home
Whats wrong with Gimp and Photoshop?place to start
Photoshop is expensive and GIMP is very hard to work with.
Check out ImageJ here:http://rsbweb.nih.gov/ij/