As someone who grew up with Adobe Photoshop I assumed I would be tied to that software group for the rest of my time creating digital art. As Adobe and many other software developers moved towards a subscription based format I looked into alternatives.
So far the most promising program I have found and continued to use has been Gimp (GNU Image Manipulation Program). The biggest difference would be that it is not a vector based (unlimited scaling without artifacting) image program it is a raster based program, which has a set amount of pixels. I have used this not just for photo editing but graphic art as well. As of recent I have been trying out different art styles for my logo and this is what I have landed on recently with the help of gimp.