If you've ever used any kind of photo editor before, then you know how simple it can be to tidy up your photos. A bit of color correction here, red-eye removal there, and your photos are good to go.
But for those of you that are looking for a more in-depth way to edit your photos and add your own flair, you need something a little more comprehensive than Windows Media Gallery.
For you photo editors that have a good grasp of the basics, you might appreciate Paint.net. It's like a cross between Photoshop and Windows' built-in MS Paint. In fact, it was originally created as a free replacement for MS Paint.
Paint.net lets you add text, paint, patterns, shapes and gradients to any photo using layers. It also includes tons of helpful special effects that let you sharpen, blur or remove grain and noise.
You can make photos look like old paintings, add motion blur for excitement, or just remove red eye. But perhaps the best part is that Paint.net keeps an unlimited history, so you'll always be able to undo every change.
Note: Paint.NET requires the .NET framework and the Windows 7 Support Package 1 as minimum requirements. Paint.NET is not compatible with Windows Vista.