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Switching from Photoshop to Serif PhotoPlus X5 Is Easy...Especially When You See the Price

PhotoPlus X5 is an image editor with a true Photoshop-like feel without the painful pricetag.

Simple Flip Boom Cartoon Can Be Frustrating

Stop-motion animation doesn't get much easier--or more basic--than with Flip Boom Cartoon.

Create Stop-Motion Animation With Fun-to-Use Animation-ish

Learn the basics of stop-motion animation through Animation-ish's clever three-level process.

Free Pencil Animation Program Has Great Sketching Tools

Pencil is a very realistic sketching program and good 2D animation tool for the cost (free).

Popular, Powerful, and Still Free: Paint.NET

Even without its special Plugins, Paint.NET is a powerful raster image creator and editor.

Paint, Draw, and Edit Images With RealWorld Paint--For Free

Manipulate photos, paint, draw, and animate raster images with free RealWorld Paint.

For Vector Design on a Budget, Consider DrawPlus

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.

Paint Digital Artwork With PD Artist and Plenty of Patience

Use realistic-feeling tools to create digital paintings on a PD Artist canvas...but prepare for a steep learning curve.

ArtRage Studio Pro Makes Natural-Looking Paintings Easily and Inexpensively

Create realistic digital paintings in a "too much fun to put the brush down" trance with ArtRage.

MAGIX Movie Edit Pro MX: Pro-Level Video Editing for a Great Price

Movie Edit Pro MX edits videos with Adobe Premiere-level precision, at a fraction of the price.

Three 3-D Modeling Programs, From Free to Fancy: Blender, 3DCrafter, Poser

Whether you're a designer, a coder, or new to 3-D, there's a program to help you draw models in three dimensions.

3DCrafter Is a Free and Friendly Way to Make 3D Models

Build and animate complex 3D objects and accurately-engineered models with 3D Crafter.

Create 3D Models With Poser 9

Poser 9 provides 3D mannequins to manipulate infinitely to create 3D art and animation.

Blender: Free, Open-Source 3D Software With a Steep Learning Curve

Use Blender to model and render 3D graphics, animation, and games.

CyberLink PhotoDirector Combines Organizing and Editing

Powerful editing capabilities join with capable image organizer at a budget price.