Watch this area for new updates on opensource "Free" software that can be used in the classroom. We hope this area will help teachers find resources that are equivelant to comercial brands. These programs are 100% free to use and redistribute.
GIMP is a bitmap editintg (photomanipulation) program similar to comercial tool like Photoshop. It contains most of the same tools that basic photoshop offers and is great for teaching fundimentals behind digital graphics.
Industry that use bitmap graphics: Video games, web design, training, video editing, advertising (print/web/products/video)...
INKSCAPE is a scalable vector graphics program. Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) are used for things like T-shirt design, large vinyl signs, & online graphics.