My favorite image editor, GIMP (Gnu Image Manipulation Program), is going through a redesign of the UI. The UI Redesign team has posted a blog where users can submit images of how they think the GIMP UI should look.
I will admit to not being a huge fan of the current UI, but I’m also not a huge fan of the Photoshop UI. I would like something that’s a cross between the 2 interfaces. I like that GIMP image windows are all separate, but I hate that it always spawns new windows when opening various tools. I end up with like 10 windows open when I’m messing around with a couple images at the same time (usually moving parts of one to another).
Anyways, if you have any interest in image manipulation and don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on Photoshop, I strongly recommend GIMP. Once you learn to use it, it’s quite the powerful little program… and it’s free and open source as well. For the record, all the images I have created or edited for my sites were created using GIMP.