I frequently find the need to display headings and other small amounts of text as a GIF image on my website. I have used a demo of Fireworks MX 2004, which includes a menu to select how text is anti-aliased (strong, clear etc). I really like the way the text is rendered; much better than Corel PhotoPaint which is what I use to do my web graphics. I have heard that PhotoShop offers a similar feature.
I can't afford to fork out for either of these programs, so I am looking for an alternative. Any suggestions?