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Is there anyone who hasn't heard of Paint(dot)net? You haven't? Oh my. You are in for a treat.
The story behind the name and URL is long and I'm not going to go into it here. It's called Paint.Net, but the URL is actually GetPaint.net. If you go to Paint.net, you'll get a store that sells paint. Like wall paint.
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. Paint.net is somewhere in between. It's free. It's powerful. Yet it's still a simple image/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 paint.net when 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 or (any of the links) to take you to GetPaint.net