For all those Photoshoppers who think that there is no other tool that can work for them, please take a look at Gimp. This is the Open Source alternative to the costly image manipulation tools. It has all the features of Photoshop and is being used by many people for their artwork. It is also developed at a very rapid pace. The next stable version is going to be 2.4.
Newbies to Gimp may be at first confused with the interface. It takes some time to get used to it. There are numerous website which carry tutorials for learning Gimp. Here is a collection of all those links. This site contains links to many tutorials for learning Gimp. Take a look at it and try to learn to use the Open Source alternative to Photoshop.