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Is there anyone who hasn't heard of (Get)Paint.net? You haven't? Oh my. You are in for a treat.
Have you ever looked at Adobe Photoshop and thought that it would be nice, but it's too expensive? Looked at Microsoft Paint and said to yourself, "Well, it's okay for making 4chan memes."
GetPaint(dot)net is in between. It's free and it's a powerful, yet simple image and photo editor tool. It's extendable and has loads of intuitive features, including easy to use special effects. There is clear documentation and support for a wide userbase, including an active online community that posts tutorials and plugins.
I used GetPaint.net when back I used Windows and I was always happy with the program. If you are looking for a full-featured, native image editing program that's free and a step up from MS Paint, but not quite Photoshop (or The GIMP), GetPaint.net is probably what you are looking for.
Click on the screenshot below to take you to GetPaint(dot)Net.