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Offline DreamerHusky

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Re: Suggested Digital Art software sites?
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2009, 04:19:30 pm »
I'm in the same boat as you. I'm trying to learn to draw, myself.  Fortunately, when I got my comp it came with a free copy of an older version of photoshop.  It seems to have a bit of a steep learning curve, and it's pretty pricey software if you don't have it already...  But it appears to me to be quite powerful for this sort of thing.

Not so sure about what kind of free options might exist. But for stuff like this, the free stuff doesn't seem to be able to compete with anything else.

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Re: Suggested Digital Art software sites?
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2009, 01:41:00 am »
You're not looking for software to 'create furry art'. You're looking for software to 'create art'.

http://www.therthdimension.org/Digital_Art/Digital_Art_Software/digital_art_software.html
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I would suggest OpenCanvas 1.1 as a free option, myself. I'm not a fan of most others, but this is probably because I've been spoiled with Photoshop CS4 and Paint Too Sai.

Most big-name programs offer trial versions of their software, as well.

My suggestion if you feel a bit overwhelmed with all the options in any art software? Just play around with things and try them out. You'll never learn without practice and trial and error.

Also, a digital art program is not a requirement in creating art. A scanner is always good to have and even a tablet.
 

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Re: Suggested Digital Art software sites?
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2009, 04:56:33 pm »
*nods in agreement with ObliviousAlly*

You can try out Corel's programs for 30 days. Unlike some other trials out there, you can save out what you create. I use Adobe CS2 for most things, but I downloaded the trial of Painter and fell in love with it.

As for a steep learning curve with Photoshop, I would be happy to offer some tutorials on the subject. I teach classes in Photoshop and Illustrator as adjunct faculty for a local technical college. If you are trying out one of the Adobe programs, I would recommend downloading the free weekly podcast, Photoshop User TV.
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Re: Suggested Digital Art software sites?
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2009, 11:39:10 am »
Having a Photoshop license is basically a given if you're a professional artist. Other image editors like Acorn, OpenCanvas and Paint Shop Pro are "good enough" for beginners, but most of the online tutorials and filters and free resources you see will be for Photoshop, so you'll often see plugins you can't use and things. On the downside, a Photoshop license costs hundreds and hundreds of dollars (or units of your country's currency). And however long you resist upgrading to the next version, you'll have to eventually for another few hundred dollars.

If you want a free art program that you'll never have to buy upgrades for, GIMP is your best shot. It has a thriving community behind it that's writing your upgrades for free, and since they're Free / Open-Source they can't get abandoned or bought out the way a minor third party app could. So you're much less likely to have to switch and relearn after learning the GIMP.

GIMP's probably second only to Photoshop when it comes to tutorials. If you want to learn how to use it, just search YouTube for "GIMP tutorial" and see what comes up. I also found a step-by-step explanation for how to do digital coloring with the GIMP here: http://pralinkova-princezna.deviantart.com/art/GIMP-tutorial-as-good-as-PS-84474080

There's also Inkscape, which is like a Free / Open-Source version of Illustrator. Just tossing that out there in case you're interested.
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Re: Suggested Digital Art software sites?
« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2009, 01:25:21 am »
You're not looking for software to 'create furry art'. You're looking for software to 'create art'.
That's exactly what I was thinking.

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Re: Suggested Digital Art software sites?
« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2009, 07:54:15 am »
Having a Photoshop license is basically a given if you're a professional artist. Other image editors like Acorn, OpenCanvas and Paint Shop Pro are "good enough" for beginners, but most of the online tutorials and filters and free resources you see will be for Photoshop, so you'll often see plugins you can't use and things. On the downside, a Photoshop license costs hundreds and hundreds of dollars (or units of your country's currency). And however long you resist upgrading to the next version, you'll have to eventually for another few hundred dollars.

If you want a free art program that you'll never have to buy upgrades for, GIMP is your best shot. It has a thriving community behind it that's writing your upgrades for free, and since they're Free / Open-Source they can't get abandoned or bought out the way a minor third party app could. So you're much less likely to have to switch and relearn after learning the GIMP.

GIMP's probably second only to Photoshop when it comes to tutorials. If you want to learn how to use it, just search YouTube for "GIMP tutorial" and see what comes up. I also found a step-by-step explanation for how to do digital coloring with the GIMP here: http://pralinkova-princezna.deviantart.com/art/GIMP-tutorial-as-good-as-PS-84474080

There's also Inkscape, which is like a Free / Open-Source version of Illustrator. Just tossing that out there in case you're interested.

Actually, I can't suggest getting GIMP. after a good few years of being in the digital art community GIMP has shown itself to be a very poor program indeed. I would seriously suggest anything OTHER than GIMP.


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Re: Suggested Digital Art software sites?
« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2009, 01:25:17 pm »
I think Sai is a fantastic program. I used to use Photoshop but once I started to use Sai i never went back. Sai loads ALOT faster, is less system intensive and can produce very smooth hand drawn lineart. I used to use only the pen tool to make line art because PS tends to wobble your lines as you draw them (at least for me anyways). All my most recent work was all hand inked in sai.

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Re: Suggested Digital Art software sites?
« Reply #8 on: August 21, 2009, 01:16:25 am »
I think Sai is a fantastic program. I used to use Photoshop but once I started to use Sai i never went back. Sai loads ALOT faster, is less system intensive and can produce very smooth hand drawn lineart. I used to use only the pen tool to make line art because PS tends to wobble your lines as you draw them (at least for me anyways). All my most recent work was all hand inked in sai.

Just out of curiosity... Is that with using a mouse to make the lines (in sai), or a tablet/pen pad type thing? I have a hard time getting clean lines using a mouse, so I'm stuck with the pen tool in PS for now...

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