Although Photoshop is more or less the "go to" for image editing software, competitors like Corel PaintShop Pro do have a lot to offer for those looking for an alternative.
A full featured paint and image editing program, many find PaintShop to be more user-friendly and accessible than Photoshop with its clean, streamlined interface that makes it easy to explore a wealth of tools and options.
PaintShop allows users to create and alter images with three main modules: manage, adjust, and edit. Manage allows you to organize and manage your work, adjust allows you to make minor adjustments, and edit allows you to paint, edit, alter and create.
Although there aren't quite as many tutorials on the web for PaintShop as there are for Photoshop, the program's Learning Center does a fine job of bringing you up to speed, although you might not even need it. The software makes it very easy to rely on sheer intuition and experimentation, so you don't really need to worry too much about being out of your depth. Most of PaintShop's menu options are pretty self-explanatory, like the Makeover tools, which will allow you to easily edit closeup and portrait photography that make face enhancement easy.
Corel PaintShop Pro offers a suite of tools that are sophisticated, deep and flexible, but not complicated. While you might spent months just learning the basics of Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator, it's very easy to pick up PaintShop Pro and be able to create stunning images with a few hours of practice. Take the time to play with the software, experiment, edit some photos, and see if you don't pick up the basics of the software very quickly.