PhotoPlus X5 is an image editor with a true Photoshop-like feel without the painful pricetag.
Stop-motion animation doesn't get much easier--or more basic--than with Flip Boom Cartoon.
Learn the basics of stop-motion animation through Animation-ish's clever three-level process.
Pencil is a very realistic sketching program and good 2D animation tool for the cost (free).
Even without its special Plugins, Paint.NET is a powerful raster image creator and editor.
Manipulate photos, paint, draw, and animate raster images with free RealWorld Paint.
Create accurate vector illustrations, logos, and other artwork for print or online with DrawPlus Starter Edition, a free demo of the full $99 version of this Adobe Illustrator competitor.
Use realistic-feeling tools to create digital paintings on a PD Artist canvas...but prepare for a steep learning curve.
Create realistic digital paintings in a "too much fun to put the brush down" trance with ArtRage.
Movie Edit Pro MX edits videos with Adobe Premiere-level precision, at a fraction of the price.
Articles by Clare Brandt