Microsoft has released an updated version of their new "professional design app" named Acrylic ... and it's free!
"Acrylic" (code name) is the professional design program that brings together the richness of pixel-based painting and the performance of editable vector graphics for a more fluid and flexible creative workflow. Create sophisticated designs and graphic elements for your on-screen, web, and print projects.
I heard a rumor that Microsoft was trying to eat at some of Photoshop sales ... must be at least partly true.
I'm playing with Acrylic and it's pretty user friendly and intuitive ... assuming you've played with other graphics apps like photoshop, Paint.NET, Gimp, etc. Not being a graphics dude I can't really tell if this is up to par with the big boys, but from my meager kickin' the tires it's pretty sweet.
I'll put aside Paint.NET and start using Acrylic for all my graphics needs and report back in a month or so.
So add Acrylic to the growing list of free "pro level" graphics apps.
EDIT: I forgot to mention that this is considered a beta 2 product and not yet full release.