Real Draw Pro is very easy to use. I attached two images made in Real Draw Pro.
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There were no additional softwares used for this.
Another interesting feature of Real Draw Pro is, you can save as PSD document, then In Photoshop you can improve the image.
(If anyone need Realdraw format *.rdw or PSD of these images I will post here)
I feel exactly the same way you do. When I lost my Photoshop I was forced to resort to GIMP and the GUI interface just completely blew me the wrong way. I didn't know how to animate anything and everything was just. Sucky. So I truly will always love Photoshop for it's friendly GUI, good reputation, and amazing product.
I use the GIMP for all my graphics. I personally can't stand Photoshop and Fireworks, the entire set of tools and controls don't seem to work for me. Never had a problem with the GIMP though; I've always found it easy to come out with pretty neat graphics.
Tried to use Photoshop at school the other day and, probably because I've never actually sat down and toyed with it, I came out with a really tatty image.
Paint.NET looks good, pity it was designed for the .NET framework, us Linux users are never going to be able to use that, even through Wine =[