While we know these two applications are industry-standard, it’s still hard to beat free and highly functional. Here are some suggestions should you be interested.
The first two links below take you to free alternatives for Photoshop:
-This has a lot of Photoshop’s features, plus some extras of its own. Just run it in “single-window” mode (after you open it, in the menu bar, click “Windows”, then in the drop-down menu click “Single-Window Mode”), and the layout will look similar to Photoshop’s, making it easier to work with if you’ve used Photoshop a lot.
-Another image editor with many useful options. Note, this is not like Microsoft Paint; it’s much more advanced. On the webpage, the actual download link for it is near the top-right corner of the page, under the text “Get it now (free download)”.
Here are two free alternatives for Illustrator. Both applications tout powerful features. They just may be worth a try!