i tried this same feat, last month. it was cool for a while, then i started "needing" things that were outside the bounds of legitimacy. it's not impossible to keep a freeware based arsenal, it's just too tempting to have the "prettier" progies instead.
good luck macgyver2. oh, and i believe Macromedia Fireworks has a freeware version. i'll have a look. it's the closest thing to photoshop, that i've ever used.
nope, its only available in 30day demo, or $299 varieties.