I'm looking for recommendations for something easy to use that will allow me to edit my images. I fiddled with Inkspace and GIMP and found them not so intuitive (I don't want to have to read a manual to know how to draw a border around some part of the image).
It depends what exactly do you need to do with your images...
If you want something like mspaint you could try Kolourpaint (from KDE)...
If you want process photos (change brightness/crop/etc) I'll recomend Digikam - it is digital album (like f-spot or picasa mentioned before) with lot of tools to change properities of photos - crop, change brightness, denoise etc...
Try Pinta, its interface is pretty similar to MS Paint's.
Well, some of the programs include:
They are easy to use but their options are pretty poor comparing to Inkscape or Gimp (even though Inscape is used for vector editing and Gimp for raster).
Have in mind that Gimp is worth trying a little harder because when you master its basic functions, it will boost your image editing on a daily basis. If you dont like current UI of Gimp, use v2.7 to get single window UI (like Photoshop). Here's a bunch of nice and free PDFs for Gimp usage and stuff.
Is you would like it to be fast, best is using a shell tool like
imagemagic, maybe combined with a short script to create the options for imagemagice.
Whether this approach is feasible, depends heavily on properties of use case. It can be anything between obviously easy to do, and obviously impossibe.
The range in between is large and diverse - I would like to explain for your case,
what I woud expect.
Please explain as clearly as possible what problem has to be solved, and your Idea of what schould happen. An important aspect is, whether there factor involved that cause variation in the tasks.
Best wishes for now!