No longer is it necessary to accept that the only version of a photo is the one that comes straight from your digital camera or smartphone. Modern software products such as Adobe Lightroom let you tweak the sharpness, colours, shading and so on in order to totally transform the image.
While Lightroom is not free, there are a good selection of alternatives which are. One of the best that I've discovered recently is called Be Funky, which you'll find at www.befunky.com. Just upload a photo, then move the sliders to apply your chosen effects. Unusually for such systems, you can apply the effect to either the entire image or just a selection.
Be Funky is web-based so there's nothing to download or install. And it's free to use, too.
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