GIMP to the rescue

Have you ever found yourself in need of a way to make some changes to an image, but not had a decent image editor. Adobe's Photoshop application is the golden standard for image editing, but at nearly $1000.00 for a license, it is not within everyone's reach.
This is where the GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) comes in. GIMP is a free image editor that has been on the Mac for a while now. It is part of the Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) initiative and has its origins back into the mid 90s. However, because it comes from the Unix/Linux world, and was never designed for the Mac, you had to run it in a different windowing environment from what the Mac uses called X11.
Now with the release of GIMP v2.8.2, it runs natively on OS-X. It is still a little rough around the edges, but it is a "good enough" editing program and if you only edit images occasionally, it may be all you ever need. You can download a copy at their website: www.gimp.org