I’ve been fortunate enough to have an article (and, more importantly, my photo) published in the current .net magazine, issue 231. Entitled Escaping Photoshop, it’s a call to action for web designers to look beyond Photoshop and broaden the range of tools available to them. Or something like that. Out now in all good newsagents. And WH Smith’s.
tl;dr: give Inkscape a go.