Open Source Graphics Software
I’m two things: I’m poor, and I’m a planetarian (no comments from the peanut gallery regarding a correlation between the two), therefore I love, love, love open source graphics software. Here’s a rundown of things I use:
GIMPshop is a modification of the popular open source GNU Image Manipulation Program intended to replicate the feel of Adobe Photoshop.
Inkscape is an open source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Adobe Illustrator.
Blender is an open source 3-D graphics suite. I’m not very familiar with it, but plan on becoming intimate with its workings in the near future, as it’s a cheap (read: free) way to render full-dome video.
SmoothDraw is a straightforward freehand drawing platform.
Scribus is an open source desktop publisher, like Microsoft Punisher–I MEAN Publisher, sorry–but way better.
FastStone makes a handful of free image organizers, but I especially like the Image Viewer, which saves me a TON of time converting TGAs and PNGs into other file types.