While virtually all computer graphics professionals use Adobe Photoshop to do their artistic work, Photoshop is a pricey and proprietary application. If you’re looking to do graphics design on a budget, or perhaps want a software package that is less resource-intensive than Photoshop, check out open source alternatives — the GIMP, SodiPodi, and Inkscape. Our Take: While these apps are extremely valuable for Unix users, they can’t compete in the professional marketplace with Photoshop or Illustrator. They just don’t do as much or they don’t always do it in an expected way. More here and here.