Check out this link, in the second post, under the Graphics Design & Editing
heading:Freeware Replacements For Common Commercial Apps
You should be able to find several programs, to try out.
For simple editing I would recommend IrfanView
For advanced editing I would recommend GIMP
Let us know what programs you decide on, and I'm sure someone will be able to point you to the appropriate tutorials.
Edited by tg1911, 31 August 2006 - 01:46 PM.