As we have several people here that were asking about what software to use and stuff like that, I thought it might be nice to have a thread with links to software.
Now, we all know that it's possible to download software illegally and/or crack them. This thread is not for those links. This one is for FREE software, and/or shareware.
Here's my list: The GIMP (Gnu Image Manipulation Program) GIMPshop (A version of The GIMP made to look as much as Photoshop as possible) Inkscape Free Vector drawing program DrawPlus 4 (DrawPlus 6 is $9.99. Same site)
seriously man, paint blows. its HELL to use. Gimp has similar functions but it has more customizable options and results in a much cleaner finished product. I only use paint for a very limited number of things. But i have come to love GIMPshop and learned how to use its functions well. You should too. I provides a smooth transition from paint to photoshop. thnx tephlon for reccomending it. :)