I really swear by Photoscape right now. . . until I run across something better. This is
only 2011. Technology is bouncing off the walls!
In Photoscape, you can click on the object tab
, then there is a little square box of a mountain and sun scene.
Click on that one and a menu will pop up above that. It has all sorts of things to insert into your background.
All the way up to the top of that, is the word, "photos."
Click on that and the left side will be the area to search for any of your
family pics or any downloaded pics
you want to add to the background you're working on.
Sometimes I use backgrounds which I have downloaded from many places on the net and have inserted them into a folder I named, "Backgrounds."
I work with a lot of black and white photos from daze gone by. I spruce them up with color. Flowers, Spaceships, Jack Sparrow! LOL. Depends on which kid I'm making the photo for. They love the heck out of them. (my kids have grandkids).
So they really think what I'm doing with their pics is fantastic. Not boring anymore!
Besides inserting pics, you can flip
love switching people, crop round or square, resize, mole removal, clone, text in color, paint, texture, redeye correction, sharpen/contrast, filter, bloom light, backlight, negative etc., speech bubble, so many frames I didn't bother to count and with so many ways to fix the frame with colors, sparkles, when adding a pic you can choose whether or not to have it opaque and to what extent.
On a Startrek, background, I added my boys head which I cropped of course, and did the opaque to where he could barely be seen. I called it "Q still watches over Startrek."
If you don't like what you did, you can "UNDO," the heck out of it. Many times.
You can add as may pic items to the photo you're working on as you like. You don't like it, delete that one, the one before that, etc.. Just keep going until you get what you like, then save. Save it to . . . I like jpeg, or what ever it's called.
I think that adding many items to a pic is called "LAYERS," in other photo editors.
Also in Photoscape, you can make Collages, work in the Raw Converter,(I had to use Raw Converter, when I was fixing my grand daughters photo. It was her first camera and didn't know about the little switch on the side). Batch editing, Screen capture, Splitter and Animation.
These days I am not one that can learn quite as easily as I used to. So you know how easy this editor must be.
I'm sure it has more stuff which I have yet to discover. My Photoscape is version 3.5.
So hard to actually believe it's a free program!
I do have Gimp, of course.
Now, I use another tiny editor, "Photo! Editor,"
for wrinkle smoothing/teeth whitening (I also use the toothbrush for the whites of the eyes!) and caricature when I'm working on us older people. Can do that before or even after using Photoscape. I use Caricature for picking up faces that gravity has done its toll on!
Guess What? I just gave away all my little secrets to a stranger!