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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 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?
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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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?
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.
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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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.
Interesting. I have both, but am faster on Gimp.
 

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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.
Interesting. I have both, but am faster on Gimp.
I have a love hate relationship with Adobe.
I personally believe the forced subscription model should be outlawed. It is a complete rip off. Bit, as with most industries, corporatism leads to only one or two choices and you are stuck with it or you can't be in business.And Adobe has the complete domination of print media software to the point of a monopoly.
Having said that, Photoshop is very good. With add ons/plugins you can do almost anything with an image.
Gimp is powerful. But it is archaic and fragmented. It doesn't flow well. And from what I know, it hasn't changed much in 20 years. And it's inability to work in the CMYK space makes it impossible to use for graphic design. As well as a much poorer ability to proper layering.
Just my 2 cents
 

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