If you're interested in image-editing but you're daunted by the high cost and arcane terminology of high-end products such as Adobe's Photoshop, check out Paint Shop Pro.
Paint Shop Pro is easy to use, yet surprisingly powerful. It will help you to create new images and edit photographs, which can be scanned directly into the program. Once the image is loaded, there is a wide range of editing tools to choose from: use the filters to blur or sharpen any image, exploit the special effects tools to emboss or add a drop shadow, or experiment with the cloning tool to retouch your pictures (great for removing unsightly relatives from family photographs!) Paint Shop Pro supports more than 30 file formats, so it doubles up as a handy conversion tool, allowing you to import, say, a high-resolution bitmap image and then save it as a .gif or .jpg for display on a Web page. The program includes a versatile screen capture utility, which permits the user to save the entire screen, a window, or any rectangular area.
Paint Shop Pro 4.14 for Win95/NT costs $US69. Download an evaluation copy from http://www.jasc.com.