I use three main graphics apps - and graphic design has been a passion of mine for over 40 years.
- Photoshop CS2, running under WINE (I snagged my copy during the short-lived free-for-all following the switch-off of the CS2 activation servers in early 2015)
- Mooi Tech's PhotoScape 3.7, also running under WINE (been using this one like, forever)
It amuses me the number of folks that reckon the GIMP is TOO different from Photoshop, and they "can't get used to it" (whinge, whinge, bleat, bleat, etc
They're both raster graphics editors, and while the way they do
things might be different, they essentially perform exactly the same set of operations.
I've been using the pair of them alongside each other for the best part of a decade, and have got SO used to their individual quirks & foibles that I can switch from one to the other, mid-project, and carry on where I left off without missing a beat.
There's probably NOT many who can make that claim.
As for PhotoScape, I got so handy with it under XP, I was delighted to find it was at least 90% functional when I first made the switch to Linux. In the intervening years, WINE has improved to the point where it's now 100% functional, and will behave the same as though running natively under Windows itself. This is the one I use to design all my desktop backgrounds, including my own custom 'docks'.
The GIMP is where my siggy 'banner' got put together, embedding a GIF within a PNG file. There's several good tutorials online for how to do this....