I didn't realize that any of the gurus on here used open-source software?!
The big thing holding me back from "taking the leap" is documentation including training guides.
How did all of you learn to use GIMP and Inkscape? (I have seen virtually no manuals or guides out there either online or offline. And what I have seen is crappy to put it politely.)
Stomme, how did you become an expert with GIMP and Inkscape?
1.) Were you able to get up to speed because you already knew Graphic Design and Graphic Design Tools (e.g. Photoshop and Illustrator) and so there wasn't much of a "learning curve"?
2.) Did you find some great, hidden resources that I haven't seen?
3.) Did someone teach you?
4.) Did you spend 25 hours a day trying to learn it?
5.) Or are you just mega smart, and anything less than Quantum Physics is a piece of cake for you?!
I have virtually no experience working with Graphic Design Tools including Photoshop and Illustrator, and so I'm not even sure where to begin?!
Personally I have come to loathe proprietary software, however I'd hate was years of my life trying to learn software but never really getting it down, or worse, learning it and discovering that I should have went the Adobe route...
Any advice for a newbie?