Ok...I like to play around and attempt to make siggies.
PSP no longer includes AS like before.You need to purchase PSP&AS separately.PSPX2 is most current of PSP by Corel.AS is 39.00 or so I think.
You can make animated Siggies,Blinkies,Scrappy Style Sigs,Cards,Scrap Pages in PSE.
Price Wise PSE 6 or 7 will give you what you want.
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I use GIMP and it's not that hard once you start navigating around.
I have never used anything else, but I use GIMP, and I love it! When I first started making sigs I researched how GIMP compared with the other programs and in everything I read, it was comparable in every way! HTH
By the way- I made you a sig on Signature Showcase, if you want to go pick it up!:)