i have a confession. i have a really bad habit. i use mspaint. a lot. i have used it for about 20 years and it has made me insufferably lazy because when it comes down to it, it sucks. you can’t do much with it at all. so, i am learning GIMP as a part of this ongoing learning process. unless you have the money for photoshop, get a copy of free GIMP and start learning. being a competent drupal developer means being able to do at least some image manipulation. so learn GIMP and do yourself a favor.