What would you recommend? Any free downloads you can think of that I could look into?
GIMP or Inkscape are both free opensource programs. GIMP is like Photoshop and Inkscape is like Illustrator. I use the Adobe stuff in my home office and for freelancing. The LHBS I work for and do design work for didn't wanna spend the money on the Adobe software so I've been using GIMP and Inkscape there.