Easiest photo editing software for a beginner

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    I got my first DSLR camera, a Canon EOS Rebel T6 and am wondering about trying some photo editing software. I need something simple and understandable cuz God knows I ain't the sharpest knife in the drawer. Seems like a lot of choices out there, what to do, what to do. Any advice?
     
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    GIMP.

    It's free online, and similar to Photoshop. You can use Photoshop .psd files with it.
     
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    I always had good results with Paint Shop Pro. It's easier to use and much cheaper than photoshop but it could do every thing I needed and much much more. Don't let the price fool you. It's a lot for 50 bucks or so.
    Caution your system needs beaucoup RAM for photo editing.
     
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    I agree with Dick. Paint Shop Pro. There are also lots of youtube videos out there to show you how to do different things with it.
     
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    If you bought it new, look in the box, there should be a DVD with software on it. Install it and use it. It'll do all you will want to do.
     
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    Gimp sucks. Like a bunch of little fragmented programs. I'm something of an image-processing expert and would recommend you try Olympus MASTER 2. It's free as well. You can try Gimp too, but I use software costing up to thousands of dollars (Corel, MatLAB, LabView, etc.) and unless you have sophisticated needs (and it doesn't sound like you do), I think Olympus MASTER will work great for you. Very easy and intuitive to use.

    Olympus Master (Windows)
     
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    Those give aways are typically worth exactly what you paid for them from my experience.
     
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    You don't need Photoshop just to resize, trim, clip, lighten, darken or change hue. He asked for something simple and I imagine, free or cheap.
     
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    Gimp is not intuitive in the least. And is way, way way to convoluted for anyone other than a committed image manipulator who refuses to buy Adobe software.
     
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