Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
There are lots of graphics software applications out there. Photoshop is the big dog on the block and many professional artists, cartoonists, and film makers use it for a variety of tasks. There are also graphics applications that rival Photoshop and do just about as much as Photoshop but a t a lower cost. It all depends on the job you’re tackling and how many digital tools you require.
I’ve found that The Gimp does just about all I need when producing my comic features. And the costs is much less than Photoshop. Gimp is free. And because I use Linux, The Gimp already comes pre-installed. When you install Linux, Gimp is right there ready to go to work for you.
Gimp has all the neat little filters, bells, and whistles that all the other graphics software apps have. I use ‘em all, but one filter, specifically, comes in quite handy when drawing cartoons.