I compare this application with Fireworks. field of application: paintings, animations
Sorry, but it's a german download site (I didn't find an english download site). This a vector program with different brushes. You can combine it with your own bitmaps. It's a beta version, but I used it, as I started as a freelancer with no money. :-)
And this is the download site I trust the most. I always download software from there. field of application: vector paintings
Powerfull Open-Source Editor. field of application: vector paintings
Little Ink Pot offers 3 freeware filters which are very usefull to simulate illustrations.
Redfield offers several free Plugins. I love the Lattice Composer.
Red Paw Media has some interesting free filters like BleachBypass.
The Plugin Site offers a pack of free Plugins for channel converting and simulating red/green color blindness. Which is very usefull for information graphics.
VanDerLee has some plugins for simulating snow (and more).
Flaming Pear has a pack of free plugins. Just scroll a little bit down on the website.
Very helpful, when your photoshop version is too old for a newer RAW Plugin.
Unfortunately the site is in german without translations. It's a programm especially for white balance, color timing and brightening.
A large german Forum for Digital Photography is supporting this program with tutorials.
It's not necessary to buy expensive Suites for some Flyers or business cards. I used this program when I startet my self-employment. I made my first layouts with it without any problems.
You need the Postscript and PDF interpreter/renderer Ghost Script
Huge amount of freeware fonts but you must keep a close watch to the different licences.
The same here. Pictures for free use, but pay attention to the licences.
FlickR has thousands of pictures under several Creative Commons Licences.