In the past, I've used Picasa, Picnik and tried to learn about PhotoShop Elements. Picnik essentially bit the dust and has somehow been rolled into Google+. PhotoShop Elements has so much raw power that my impatient mind can't get around it. After beating my head against the wall with several photo editing programs, PhotoScape has become my program of choice.
|Deer before PhotoScape|
The first photo is the 'before' and the second is 'after'. My goal was to crop the photo, more clearly show the face of the deer. I also wanted it to stand out more against the background. Here is the comparison.
|Deer after PhotoScape|
Then, I alternated going over the deer with the tools to tweak the color. In PhotoScape, the coat was alternately deepened and then darkened.
Finally, I used the brighten tool to highlight it's face. Brightening was especially important around the eye. I wanted to convey that she was looking right at me. The mission seems to be accomplished to me. What do you think?