Best free ways to manage photos and video

Freshen up digital photos with freebies like PhotoPerfect Express and Skitch. Also, find and manage video with free downloads and services like DVDFlick and Wowbrary.

You can use these five free offerings to decorate, detail, and enhance your photos and screenshots.

For instance, with some of these no-cost services and downloads, you can upload a photo of your face and have it appear in an image of the Mona Lisa or in a museum frame, among other options; capture screens easliy and share them; work with a Web service that approaches the abilities of Adobe Photoshop; and edit your photos to make them leap off the screen.

BEST BET PhotoPerfect Express: You may not have the trained eye of a professional photo editor, but with this download, you won't need it. Create stunning images through simple point-and-click optimizations that make your photos pop.

Jing: This download captures screen shots and video screencasts of your desktop with elegance and ease, and then lets you share the results quickly and easily online. Rather than trying to describe to friends and coworkers what you're seeing on your computer, you can show them.

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PhotoFunia: Plaster your skillfully superimposed face all over iconic (and not-so-iconic) images with Google's PhotoFunia service.

Skitch: This service (registration required) annotates images--either screen shots you've taken with it or any photo you drag into it--with attractive and readable text, arrows, and shapes, just the thing for getting your point across with style. Once you're done drawing, you can share your Skitch creation on the Web with the click of a mouse.

Sumo Paint: This impressive Web-based service packs all the layered image editing goodness of Photoshop into one incredible Web application--perfect for a little advanced photo editing from your cubicle.

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