Some of those programs can be pretty expensive Tony, I can sympathize with that. That is probobly one of the reasons I get a little cranky when I get the customer who says "well my nephew does logos and he's only 16. I always want to say, remember that when you take it to the screen printer to be printed in 3 colors and all you have is something created in Word. I have spent many, many years learning some pretty complicated programs, not to mention the art of typography as well as illustration and how the printing process works so when I design a brochure or flyer it prints correctly.
If you come to a fork in the road take it.
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