hi, here's the thing: i write books for children (not publicated yet, but i hope so...) For the illustrations, i want to build the characters from scratch, then photography them. But these pics will need editing, so i wonder: to make a professional looking photo, what could i use? i know a bit about photoshop, but is there another software that would do a good job (a free one, for example!) ? and whatever software i use, i only have a laptop, and not the best one, so what do you guys advice? as you see, i know hardly nothing, if someone would have the patience to explain a few things i would really appreciate! thanks a lot!