Adobe Photoshop, which has recently turned 25 and celebrated in some fashion has become so dominant among industry professionals, there is seldom an alternative suggested to it. It is the to-go choice of the professional designer and illustrator, albeit the one which cannot be afforded by the ordinary individual. While monetary barrier is one case, the user-friendliness of the tool calls into question for many users. For some ordinary user in just the need of an occasional photo touch-up, Photoshop seems too grandiose.
With a simpler to use interface and as a much cheaper or free alternative to Adobe Photoshop, these following tools might be ones you just need for your photo editing tasks.