A few months ago Adobe allowed Photoshop CS2 to be download for free. Actually it was a slip up on their part, but it's still available, obviously without any further updates or support. You do however have to register with adobe, but that's a simple procedure, you are then able to download the program. I'm actually a CS6 user, b ut have just downloaded and checked out CS2 on my daughters PC and yes the download is still available.
Photoshop is the best, but not the easiest photo editor to use, but it's really worth getting to grips with. If you find that you want to proceed and learn Photoshop email me your address and I will send you my copy of Deke McClelland's Adobe Photoshop CS2 'One to One' plus his 'One to One' DVD. This is an excellent book, but as I use CS6 it's now of little use to me
Been using Lightroom for some years and rarely need anything else. And it's not that expensive.
But I would take hssutton's advice and go for CS2 (if you don't mind the learning curve). McClelland's book would help as the chap has quite a sense of humour, as does another regular Photoshop author - Scott Kelby.
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