My love affair with web graphics started shortly after I did my first homepage back in June of 2012. It was a simple page, made up of graphics I found surfing the net. People on the web are incredibly generous in putting up great graphics and everything you need for a decent page can be grabbed with your browser or an FTP program.
The one limitation I ran up against very quickly was the size of the graphic. So I bought JASC Paintshop Pro from their website. It turned out to be a lucky choice. Not only could I re-size graphics, but I could add borders, text, contour, change their colors and more. Most of my 2012 Christmas graphics, my first venture into original stuff, were made with Paintshop.
At $65, Paintshop is a real bargain and will satisfy your urge for creativity for a long time. The tutorial that came on the CD ROM was excellent and there is more help now at the Paintshop site to get you started plus there are many websites that offer tutorials.
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