Not everyone needs the power of Photoshop, or even GIMP. Sometimes, you just need to tweak some images and an easy-to-use, lightweight tool is all you're after. If this sounds like you, the good news is you can grab onOne's Perfect Effects 9, normally $US60, for free and it should handle most of your basic photo-editing needs.
To get your copy, you'll need to hit up the onOne website and enter a few details, including your name, country of origin and email address. Once this is done, you'll receive a license key you can use to access the full version.
While Perfect Effects can be used as a standalone program, plug-ins for Lightroom, Photoshop and Aperture are also available, if you want to integrate it into a more complex workflow.