When it comes to editing and printing photos, the A826 offers a wealth of options. When you zoom in on a particular picture, your top-level options are Edit and Get Creative. Edit lets you crop, reduce red-eye and adjust the brightness.
The crop feature lets you zoom in and out, rotate the cropped area between portrait and landscape modes, and use the stylus to drag the crop box around the image, so you get just the part you want. The edits that you make to the image aren't saved to the original file on the memory card, which is good in that you can't accidentally change the file, but having the option to would be nice.
Get Creative offers a lot of fun options, such as adding frames and captions, making album pages, drawing on the images, colour effects and clip art. The frames span a range of themes and colours, but you can't customise them.
The captions are more flexible. Choosing captions calls up a virtual keyboard. Using the stylus, you can tap out a caption, choose among five fonts and six colours, and resize, rotate and change the placement of the text on the image.
Draw lets you add your own creative touch to the image by drawing directly on the screen with the stylus. As it turns out, adding moustaches never gets old. The clip art option lets you drop in one of HP's preset images. You can resize them and even drop in more than one piece of clip art.
The album option is perhaps the most frustrating. It sounds good in theory, but your options are limited. You can start by selecting an album theme and layout and then populating the open spaces on the layouts, or you can select all the photos you want to use and then designate how many pages you want produced.
At this point, the software limits the number of shots on a single page and the layout. You can reshuffle the images, though not manually -- the software simply rotates the images through the available spaces. You can't drag and drop, which would make the process a bit easier and quicker.
Finally, you can make index prints with 24 images per 152 by 102mm sheet -- and file names -- as a reference or you can create specialty printing projects such as panoramic prints, photo stickers, passport photos and CD/DVD tattoos, assuming you have the proper paper, of course.