Embrace the GIMP

I recently found myself tinkering with graphics for various projects, and the GIMP served me well as it has consistently for nearly 10 years, across numerous Windows and Linux versions. What surprises me is how many people remain unaware the GIMP exists – and what a great tool it is. Of course, full-time graphics and photo professionals typically sidestep the GIMP for Illustrator and Photoshop, just as I use Visual Studio instead of SharpDevelop for my .NET development; but for me, others who's work calls for occasional graphics hacking, and many hobbyists' needs, the GIMP is a wonderful, free tool. If you've never heard of it or used it, embrace the GIMP!