No matter what the topic, there will always be those who want to be given a precise formula for decision-making instead of having to battle it out for themselves. Sometimes, what they perceive as having a best or right answer is actually purely subjective. Such is the case with raster and pixel editors. Use what works for you; that’s all there is to it.
Think about it. When you make any decision, you don’t consider the minor things. In the case of choosing a new vehicle, you don’t think about street names except to get you to the dealer. Once there, you try out the various cars on the lot, or at least the ones you think might be right for you, and make your final decision on performance. Similarly, choosing a raster graphics editor is not rocket science. Try the ones you think you might like and see if they make a good fit. There are the mainstream and the not-so-mainstream; you need to explore any that seem relevant to you.
Two of the most common are Adobe Photoshop and Corel Draw, both of which have free, 30-day trials on the internet.
(Entire CorelDRAW package)
That’s about as specific as I’m going to get with the URL because the domain owners change it sometimes. However, you should have no trouble finding the download area.
Anything else you might want is probably on the web, too. Just look around and see what’s available. Don’t be afraid to cover all bases. Which editor you choose depends solely on your style, so choose accordingly.