I found this image editing program while searching for a photoshop substitute. Although it doesnt have all of the bells and whistles that photoshop does, it is still a powerful editor. Photo Filtre has a short learning curve, it's really simple to use. If I can use it anyone can. One of the best features is it's price tag. Photo Filtre is 100% FREEWARE. No Trials or partially featured program here. Fully Featured and Fully FREE.
Anyway I just wanted to review it, so that anyone else on a **** string budget can still get some stunning effects. Hope this helps someone.
Oh by the way www.snapfiles.com is where you can find Photo Filtre. Look on their freeware page, under The Image Tools title.