Here are some free graphical tools and free image sources that I either use, like, or think are cool:
- Irfan View - A compact and powerful photo editing program that gives you the tools to touch up and add effects to your photos. I have used this product for many years, it is my default picture viewer because it is a great mix of FAST and powerful. It isn't Photoshop, to be sure, but man it is snappy to open.
- GIMP - The GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages.