...Perhaps someone wanted to dial in a few details while the image was still large/complete before dropping/cropping it to the finished size?
IMO an image gets more difficult to *improve*, as the size gets smaller so cropping or resize is one of my last edits.
I'm not a graphic artist with 100% of my time and space dedicated to image manipulation. I'm a network administrator that occasionally needs to do something quick with an image and therefore don't have time to waste going boing, boing, boing, between applications while trying to accomplish some probably trivial task for a user that got stuck needing X for Y in preparation for a deadline of some kind.
I'm not a graphic artist nor a network admin, not enough interest or brain cells, respectively. PSP-9 was my choice, not free for me, but all my boinging is done without plugins.
It appears to be free here: http://www.oldversio...s/paint-shop-pro-9-0 Note:
UAYOR. This is just one example of where it is offered for free.
My edits are pretty quick; though I'm in no hurry. The Help and Context Help sections are equally useful. Lot easier than using the 1.5 inch thick manual.
It opens in a Windows window, so it's not stand alone but it may as well be. Anything one may want to change, add, remove, etc. is right there... somewhere ...
Once you've learned where things are you can customize Your Workspace and save it. This includes custom context menus, custom hotkeys, custom toolbars...
I did watch the *contrast demo*. This is just a more/less-contrast program?
Just showing end-result images are pointless. Unfortunately this is usually a sign of deception IMO. The cute little baby in the basket is a good example.
It's a whole lot easier to make a modern color photo look old; than the other way around.