Paint.NET Photo Editor
Tools and menu items have an associated keyboard shortcut
Interface is straightforward and easy to use
Plugin management through Windows Explorer
When comparing editing software, you don't have to look much further than Paint.NET Photo Editor. It's very similar to GIMP and Photoscape in that it allows you to use multiple layers -- a definite plus when you want to add adjustments without working over your original photo. Another key advantage of Paint.NET is that it supports transparent layers as well as unlimited undos. You can always tell a good program by how frequently it is updated, and Paint.NET rivals some of the higher-end editing programs in that it is updated and improved often. If you've used Microsoft Paint, then you'll feel right at home in Paint.NET because it uses similar tools; in fact, it was first developed to be an extension of the Paint program.