At 10/7/08 04:42 AM, Apeman1813 wrote:
Right now, I'm using this demo program for the Mac called Pixelmater (you can see the logo in the center...). I picked it up because I wanted to do some sprite editing and whatnot and it came in handy for making the slogan. I wish I could have something like fireworks or photoshop, but they cost a bit too much money for something I would consider a toy and I doubt I would put excessive use in. Besides, the program I'm using isn't exactly bad, but it doesn't have all the bells and whistles I guess. I'm still getting used to it...
I'd recommend GIMP; it's a free program that I use, for basically the same reasoning that you have, which is that I don't want to spend upwards of $900 for software that is just for a hobby of mine. It's similar to Photoshop, although it's important to emphasize that it's not a substitute for Photoshop - Photoshop, from what I am told, has way more features. But, I use it primarily to digitally color art that I've drawn by hand, and I've never found myself wanting for anything in that respect.
I'm using it on Windows, so, I don't know what you need to do to run GIMP on a Mac, but, on the official GIMP page they've got a section about it:
Anyway, maybe that will help, although, I'm not sure what you were using your software for exactly, so, maybe not.