What tools do you use for 2D art/sprite creation?
What cheap/free tools do you use for 2D art and/or animation?
I don't really like Gimp's interface, Paint.NET is limited and GraphicsGale is sort of archaic. Cosmigo ProMotion looks like it could be good, anyone use it? Seems a bit pricey at $78/92 but of course cheaper than Photoshop.
I used to like Jasc Paint Shop Pro 7, but the newer versions Corel makes are more for photos.
2D Bones support would be handy also.
I recently discovered Allegro Sprite Editor: http://www.aseprite.org/
It's a fairly basic pixel graphics editor with animation support, but I do prefer it over Graphics Gale as ASE has proper alpha channel support and the UI is cleaner, a bit reminiscent of Deluxe Paint. It has layer support and basic onion skinning.
It is an open source product, but downloading the source requires compilation. You can purchase the pre-compiled application. See the FAQ: if Aseprite is open source, how is it that you are selling it?