What if you don’t need Photoshop’s professional-level power and you’d rather own your software? You’re on a tight budget, too, with about $100 to spend. You can spring for Adobe’s Photoshop Elements, a perfectly good little brother to Photoshop. I’ve used it on and off for years, and it usually fits my needs.
But my go-to photo-editing software is Corel’s PaintShop Pro Ultimate. It has all the features of Photoshop Elements and more. It has an intuitive and polished interface that will help you add text to a photo, create a double exposure, remove scratches from photos, turn a photo into a painting, edit 360-degree shots, and it has dozens of tutorials starting with an introduction to photography and including more technical tricks. These aren’t YouTube-quality clips — they’re slick and professional — and they help new users and advanced novices unlock the treasures of editing images.