So I've been using GraphicsGale for years now.  The free edition features are such that you basically never need to pay - all the paid version adds is animated GIF and windows icon support.

But since this is what I'm doing full-time, now, I'm going to be using less free editions of software.  I figure if I'm going to profit, they should, too.  It occurred to me that I could also make use of the GIF-exporting ability of GraphicsGale, as well!  So I went ahead and got the license.  Above are the first fruits of my newly paid status.  Enoy :)