Shall we see how long this lasts? But I thought I'd try it out.
Right now I'm playing a lot with Picnik (in preparation for my presentation!).
Why Picnik? PR for the library. I've used it to edit lots of photos (when I remember to take photos :/) for book trailers, my school webpage, our digital picture frame, or just for posting around the library.
1) I personally think it's a lot easier to "stamp" images with sources in Picnik than it is in Paint. Of course that may just be me. But yay for crediting sources! And yay for the speech balloons and my Piggie and Elephant stop motion book trailer (see my Picture Editing page ... it's embedded there)!
2) It's a lot easier for beginners than any version of Photoshop will ever be to enhance or improve images.
3) I am just discovering how to use it for subway-type (text) art. You saw an example of that a couple of posts ago with my goals.
I have only ever used the free version. I'm tempted to go for the Pro since it's only what ... about $25 a year and it would add several more "effects" as well as fonts and stamps. I already have Photoshop Elements, iPhoto, and Aperture for heaven's sake. Don't know how to use them properly.
Anyway. I am not one to reinvent the wheel when other people have already created it. Here are a few YouTube tutorials that may help you. Ugh I am not a fan of searching YouTube. So much good stuff. AND so much blechy stuff. :/
Make a Collage (Oh! Check out their entire channel.)