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For years i used "paint shop pro version 6" (1999).  And before that I think I used earlier versions of the same thing.  The thing I liked about it was that rather than thinking in inches, it did everything in pixels. 

Eventually, I tinkered a little with the animation thing.  Like the little bunkhouse with the smoke at the bottom.

I'm able to cobble things together with paint.  But I liked paint shop pro 6 better.  I once bought paint shop pro 10 and spent several months tinkering with it - but that got really complicated. I really liked version 6 better.

I tried GIMP for a while.  I didn't quite get the hang of it. 

Anybody have any suggestions for something that might be good for simple drawings that are pixel based - and has some animation stuff too?

 
                    
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I use Photoshop (edu version) and have used Paint ShopPro 7 and liked it. Photoshop included their Imageready which does animation. BUT I haven't used any really new versions as my old ones do what I need to do.
 
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I used to love photoshop 3, now I have CS5 and I can barely use it. Basically all I can figure out how to do anymore is crop and rotate photos, color balance, or make things incredibly creepy.

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I'm thinking about a package called "pencil"
 
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Emerson White wrote:
I used to love photoshop 3, now I have CS5 and I can barely use it. Basically all I can figure out how to do anymore is crop and rotate photos, color balance, or make things incredibly creepy.

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I'm a photoshop guy, but Paint.NET is a good halfway point between Photoshop and MS Paint. Plenty of functionality.

http://www.getpaint.net/download.html
 
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Folks who are used to Photoshop sometimes have difficulty adjusting to the GIMP.

GIMPshop is GIMP modified to look and behave like Photoshop.

http://www.gimpshop.com/
 
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I have photoscape you can download it for free. I recommend that you download some free software and look which you like best. They are powerful enough for most applications. Photoshop is expensive.
 
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I rotate between Photoshop and The Gimp.

Aviary is another option which is freeish
 
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