Hello everyone, I am just starting out in learning web design and I would like some suggestions on a good (and preferably opensource) graphics package to learn. I can't afford photoshop so I am looking for something cheap or open source. Right now I am studying HTML and would like to learn how to manipulate and create graphics while I am doing this. Would it be worthwile to learn how to operate linux or is there good opensource stuff for XP?
GIMP is the best known and most sophisticated of the open source graphics packages.
You can get it for windows.
I would still consider trying Linux because:
1) It is easier to discover,install, and update open source software if you use Linux. This is assuming you use a version of Linux (like Ubuntu) that has a good package manager. 2) If you are going to use unix/linux hosting it is a better test envirnment.
I've been quite happy with PhotoImpact for years. I call it the poor man's PhotoShop. You can download a free trial and the full version costs $89.00. They recently changed the interface a little and I can't say I like it better but it still does everything I need at this point.
Definitely give the trial a shot and compare it to products like Gimp. I never liked Gimp's interface much.