I fully realize this has more than likely been posted dozens of times, but I can't seem to find a thread with universaly agreed upon programs.
I am greately considering designing and making my own map, but I have no idea where to start, except the idea itself. I know the basic layout and gameplay options, and also have a rough sketch, but don't know what programs to start building with. I am more than willing to download programs, but would prefer not to have to pay for them, online anyways. I would consider buying and installing a fairly cheap program that I can use for more than this.
Any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated. I have little experience in graphics except highschool tech courses, so easy to use/idiot friendly programs would be awesome. Once again, I am at the starting stage and ony have a hand drawn map so far I need to re draw on the computer
Thanks in advance, and again, sorry for the umpteenth post on this