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What is your favorite painting program?

Postby reneuend » Sun Jan 11, 2009 12:08 am

I've been using PaintshopPro since they came out under Jasc. Now that I'm buying a bamboo graphics tablet I'd like a tool that will upgrade my drawings! :)

What do you artists use and why?
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Postby Zenoc2 » Sun Jan 11, 2009 12:58 am

I don't do much 2D art, but I think that you might want to have a look at Greenfish Painter.

http://greenfish.extra.hu/downloads.php

It's near the bottom of the page.
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Postby Jaked » Sun Jan 11, 2009 2:27 am

Zenoc2 wrote:I don't do much 2D art, but I think that you might want to have a look at Greenfish Painter.

http://greenfish.extra.hu/downloads.php

It's near the bottom of the page.


Didn't I talk about that? I'm still using Windows 95 caveman primitive technology and using MS Paint :P. For those who laugh: hey, it might be old but with those programs AM comes with it gets the job done.
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Postby MRM2811 » Sun Jan 11, 2009 3:55 am

I use a range of products,

Gimp
Corel Essential 3
Art Rage
Photo Impact 12

Reason being that not all effects and blush strokes are done the same in every program, So I would suggest trying a few. Look at the topic here -

http://www.adventuremaker.com/phpBB2/vi ... php?t=4217

and decide what suits your needs best. :)

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Also, If you have any troubles like I do when it comes to drwaing, there are litterally thousands of online tutorials and books to download for free. Just try a google search for "Free How to Draw".
Just PM me three things, a location, a time period and a item.

I will send you back a story line.
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Postby Mystery » Mon Jan 12, 2009 1:20 am

I'm awful at drawing :lol:
This is also why I don't get any expensive software for that. If I need to, then I use GIMP or Paint.net.
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Postby mercedes » Mon Jan 12, 2009 2:36 am

I can't draw that well either..I use stock..I mix it up quiet a bit..From Paint, to GIMP..to Paint.net..but my fav is PhotoImpressions..Its a really good tool for beginners..and advanced..You can work with layers..effects..You can also import/export pictures from it to another software. You can add the additional software as a tool/thumbnail....It has text tools..all of it and really user freindly...:D

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Postby Eccentrica » Mon Jan 12, 2009 8:34 am

since i cant physically draw 2d I design everything in sketchup and export images tweaking them in photoshop saves so much time. & plus means i got the best of both worlds design in 3d can export to 2d and or 3d when needed
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Postby ZeornWarlock » Tue Jan 13, 2009 6:34 am

Photoshop is my first choice, although I use all of what I own.

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Postby rattle13 » Wed Feb 18, 2009 2:58 am

I scan my drawings and clean up and color with PhotoImpact XL.
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Postby reneuend » Wed Feb 18, 2009 3:23 am

I've seen where other people have scanned drawings and they came out great! Whenever I've tried that, there was too much to clean up! I make a lot of lines because I sketch as opposed to line draw. :(

The technique I'm using now is to create a sketch using my new Bamboo digital tablet. Then create a layer over it and carefully trace only the lines that I want. Then I fill it with color and texture and remove some of the outlines. Tedious, time-consuming, and after awhile very boring, but it gets the job done.

I'm now looking at 3D modeling programs, but I'm so busy with projects that I haven't had time to try any out lately.

btw, your avatar makes me dizzy! :)
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Postby rattle13 » Sat Feb 21, 2009 3:26 pm

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Postby rattle13 » Sat Feb 21, 2009 3:26 pm

I see. Sometimes I scan a drawing that's a bit sketchy and I mess around with the contrast and gama controls which bring the more solid lines out. That process saves a little time. 3D seems to be the choice of many. In that area I use AC3D for modeling and it exports to most popular formats.

btw,yeah time for a change :D
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Postby Zenoc2 » Sun Feb 22, 2009 12:39 am

@Mercedes: PhotoImpression?

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I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE! Cool! :P That program is a great alternative to Photoshop, although not as powerful. What version do you use?
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Postby rattle13 » Sun Feb 22, 2009 2:12 am

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Postby Zenoc2 » Sun Feb 22, 2009 3:15 am

I'm pretty sure I asked for Mercedes, but thanks for the info. :)
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Postby mercedes » Mon Feb 23, 2009 1:15 am

Hey Zenoc...:)

I think my version is 4, I really love it...lol...It does alot actually..the only thing i don't like is it doesn't handle GIF but i just resave in gimp..and im good to go[cause it handles transparency..just not gif]...I can do alot in that program..At one point, i couldn't start a drawing in it...basically would start it in paint and finish with Photoimpressions..But now..I can really manipulate it...:D It's great for anyone to start with as well...cause it has a good help section..easy to read..

That's pretty cool u use that too...lol..I was trying to find a free one..I found it once..its actually hard to find..:? I gather u need the additional software to go with it..?

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Postby ZeornWarlock » Mon Mar 23, 2009 9:27 am

reneuend wrote:I've seen where other people have scanned drawings and they came out great! Whenever I've tried that, there was too much to clean up! I make a lot of lines because I sketch as opposed to line draw. :(

The technique I'm using now is to create a sketch using my new Bamboo digital tablet. Then create a layer over it and carefully trace only the lines that I want. Then I fill it with color and texture and remove some of the outlines. Tedious, time-consuming, and after awhile very boring, but it gets the job done.

I'm now looking at 3D modeling programs, but I'm so busy with projects that I haven't had time to try any out lately.

btw, your avatar makes me dizzy! :)


Only pencil work and paint I scan as is; otherwise I draw and scan the same way with roughs. The trick you use with your tablet can be done with scans too. Just create a new layer over your scans and trace over it.

On a side note, I hope you will keep your 2D drawings (Sketches) for your games as this was something I appreciated from them. I prefer style over realism.

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Postby Zenoc2 » Mon Mar 23, 2009 11:00 pm

Style over realism, eh? Maybe I should sketch things out a bit more before modeling them...
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Postby ZeornWarlock » Tue Mar 24, 2009 4:21 am

Zenoc2 wrote:Style over realism, eh? Maybe I should sketch things out a bit more before modeling them...


That is just my preference and does not mean that you have to change your ways. ;)

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