How many of you out there like to take pictures? Now, keep your hands raised if you like to take those pictures and edit them to make them look better? Now, keep your hands raised if you are willing to spend $1500 for the full version of Adobe Photoshop in order to do some serious editing on those pictures and images. Why did you all put your hands down? Don't worry, I did too.
I don't want to spend that kind of hard earned dough on that, frankly it isn't that important to me. I will however use a program that is free, and you should too. Like just about any program out there, there is an open source answer to it. The open source answer to Photoshop is the GIMP. (Gimp stands for Gnu Image Manipulation Program). GIMP is available for Windows, MAC and of course Linux.
Now, close your eyes and think about what you can do with Photoshop. Got a picture in your mind? Perhaps making logos with transparent backgrounds, or airbrushing away a blemish or two. Maybe even creating an animated GIF. Still got that idea in your head? Guess what, GIMP can do it too. Guess what else, GIMP is free!
So the next time you want to put your face on the $1.00 bill, or make a picture of your best friend in a dress, check out the GIMP, and save a few bucks.