It's always a good idea to know as much as possible about all the tools at your disposal. With a little exploration you might find there are tools out there, other than the obvious Adobe choices, that perfectly suit your daily tasks and workflows.
In this series of articles Kezz Bracey navigates a range of creative disciplines, exploring software alternatives to the Adobe product suite. Also of note: every application listed will be either free or less than $100.
Thumbnail image: Portrait of Charles Darwin by David Revoy–digital artist and ambassador for open source software.