The chances are that you
will usually have some kind of image editing software bundled with
your system somewhere. The software comes free with many systems,
especially if you have a scanner.
However, its not always the
case, and many people don't have the ability to edit image files
- particularly JPEG pictures (the best for photos on the web).
For users in this category
I have included some free photo editing programs here for download.
The first is called PhotoWizard,
and is incredibly easy to use, but is notably more limited for some
general features. However it has loads of fun effects that can make
images really cool, and is exceptionally easy to use, especially
for non-geeks. Everything is very simple, step-by-step, and intuitive.
Here to download PhotoWizard (4.3 Mb)
The second program is also
simple to use, but doesnt have the same fun features. However, on
the positive side, it is very useful for more basic features, and
allows you more freedom at the cost of a tiny bit of the simplicity
of PhotoWizard. Because it is also a smaller file size I actually
recommend this one more, but its not quite as fool-proof as the
Here to download PhotoEdit (830 Kb)
The final program is actually
the pick of the bunch in most ways, but because it can do so much
more, it is a little more complicated than the others. Its called
ImageN, and has a really neat way to find your pictures by letting
you browse a database of thumbnails (smaller versions of the pictures,
a little bigger than icons).
Here to download ImageN (830 Kb)
Each of the programs have
help files that explain the basic use of the software, and none
require any real degree of technical skill.
Give them a try and you'll
soon be able to view and edit all the pictures you ever wanted to.
All we need to do now is
cover how to get the pictures onto your profile page.