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manslayer101
03-15-2007, 10:11 PM
I think it would be helpful to have a topic here that shows where you can get free, and $$$ art programs in order to "Dazzle Us" with your art, so i'll start:

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Free


Gimp (http://www.gimp.org/)

- A paintshop pro ripoff, and a great program, GIMP is also free, and has most of the features paintshop pro has, however, it's missing a line tool :/. Gimp is good for advanced users, or a PSP fan that doesn't have the money to buy it.

Project Dogwaffle (http://www.thebest3d.com/dogwaffle/download/index.html)

- Project Dogwaffle, is free, Includes a line tool, but unlike gimp, doesn't involve layers, which can be vital in making sigs, or just doing casual manipulation. Overall it's an ok program, but not my favorite

Pixia (http://park18.wakwak.com/~pixia/)

- Pixia is like Project dogwaffle but it does have a layering tool. plus some other stuff that retail programs pride themselvs in having exclusivly. I use it pretty much exclusivly now for still pictures since i havn't found it laking to my needs.

Paint.NET (http://www.getpaint.net/index2.html)

- So far, my favorite of them all, you have to download the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0, but this program is worth the wait, and if you already have it then you're set. This program uses layers, has a line tool, a great cropping tool, and it's an all around good program. This one is also a PSP ripoff, but it's a better one than Gimp in my opinion.

MS Gif Animator (http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/win/13212)

- Usefull if you want to make animated GIFs, that's all it's good for, it can be a bit confusing at first, but it's not that bad, i also use this one.

WhitSoft UnFREEz (http://www.whitsoftdev.com/unfreez/)

- It's a tiny tool, that will take any number of images, saved as separate GIF files, and create a single animated GIF from those images.

MyPaint (http://mypaint.intilinux.com/)

- MyPaint is a fast and easy open-source graphics application for digital painters. It lets you focus on the art instead of the program. You work on your canvas with minimum distractions, bringing up the interface only when you need it. MyPaint comes with a large brush collection including charcoal and ink to emulate real media, but the highly configurable brush engine allows you to experiment with your own brushes and with not-quite-natural painting.



Not so free ($$$)

PhotoImpression (http://www.soft2share.com/moreinfo.php?pid=200)

- PhotoImpression, a free trial (program is not free), but great tool, it's helful, and has a great cropping tool, and the ability to have two images opened side by side, PhotoImpression is really good. i use this one for alot of my image manipulation

PaintShop Pro (PSP) (http://www.corel.com/servlet/Satellite/us/en/Product/1155872554948)

- PaintShop Pro is said to be one of the best, i have never used it but i know that it has a hefty price on it. The site also includes Tutorials, which help you get started using the program.

PhotoShop (http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/)

- said to be the best of the best by many a image manipulator, i've also never used this one, but it also has a great price on it's head. This one seems like it is the best of the bunch, however, i cannot vote for it since i haven't tried it.

PhotoShop Elements (http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshopelwin/)

- This software combines power and simplicity so you can make your photos look their best, share them in imaginative ways, and easily find and view all your photos and video clips.

Illustrator (http://www.adobe.com/products/illustrator/)

- This software allows you to create sophisticated artwork for virtually any medium. Industry-standard drawing tools, flexible color controls, and professional type controls help you capture your ideas and experiment freely, while timesaving features such as easier-to-access options let you work quickly and intuitively. Improved performance and tight integration with other Adobe applications also help you produce extraordinary vector graphics for print, web and interactive, and mobile and motion designs.

openCanvas (http://www.portalgraphics.net/en/)

- openCanvas is known for its unique blending style, something of a cross between Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter. Unlike many similar programs, openCanvas is specifically designed for use with pressure-sensitive drawing tablets, like the popular Wacom's digitizing tablets. It is designed from the bottom up to be a sketch program rather than a graphic design program, which means it lacks many of the graphic design features.

PhotoPlus (http://www.serif.com/photoplus/)

- With many impressive editing, fixing, and sharing features makes working with digital camera images more flexible and fun than ever. This software offers automated photo editing steps with the improved, interactive, on-screen How To guides, a wide variety of special effects for enhanced creativity, a lot of power-features, and enhanced ease of use. Photo organizing and sharing is easy with extended searching and even more output features.

Texture Maker (http://www.texturemaker.com/news.php)

- Texture Maker is a powerful tool for graphic development, it allows the user to create seamless textures on-the-fly and easily, whether you want to use a previously made image and convert it to be seamless or if you want to draw it in the program, either way it’s very easy to work with. Texture Maker has the option of making a texture seamless with just one click, it also has support for many formats and allows 32-bit textures as well.

Ulead PhotoImpact (http://www.ulead.com/pi/features.htm)

- Make every photo special with automated enhancements and easy-to-understand options for editing and sharing! It's not as hard to figure out as PhotoShop, but isn't quite as flexible, either. Nor does it have the brushes and textures that PS has. Still, not a bad program for someone who is past being a newb but not yet skilled enough for PS.

If anyone else has more paint programs it would be helpful to post them here, i would ask for a sticky, but it's not guaranteed.

wizz-o-matic
03-16-2007, 07:45 AM
Nice and tnx ^_^

I've just changed a bit the name ... and this deserves a sticky ^^

manslayer101
03-16-2007, 11:22 AM
thank you for the sticky :D

mythroch
04-13-2007, 01:11 AM
Thanks for the GIF animatior, that'll come in real handy.

Likewise, let me make a contribution.

Pixia is like Project dogwaffle but it 'does' have a layering tool. plus some other stuff that retail programs pride themselvs in having exclusivly. I use it pretty much exclusivly now for still pictures since i havn't found it laking to my needs.
were's the URL if you want to give it a try.

http://www.snapfiles.com/get/pixia.html
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I knew life wouldn't be easy....I just never realized it would be this hard.

FlashD
04-13-2007, 05:48 AM
Inserted in the first post ... thanks for contributing mythroch. ^_^

manslayer101
04-13-2007, 10:05 AM
Great thanks for helping ^^ i have used pixia a bit, but still my favorite is Paint.NET and a program you can't get anymore, Autodesk Animator

MysticFairyDrmz
07-15-2007, 02:34 PM
I know these are old replies but there is an animation program called unfreez which is free also and its very small. Its a cute little animation program and its very easy to use. You have to save all files as gif and then drag the file to the box and click animation once you have all the files in it that you want and all you really have to do is slow the frames to whatever speed you want. This sig i made last night using it just to give an example.

http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb161/Steph121498/itachianimatedsig3.gif
[]Unfreez[/COLOR] (http://www.snapfiles.com/get/unfreez.html) there is the link to one of the sites anyway.....Just another free nifty little program anyway :)

manslayer101
07-15-2007, 02:51 PM
actually it's a resource forum, so it's not old replies

on another note, that seems like a great program, Wizzy if you wouldn't mind could you edit the post and add this new one

FlashD
07-16-2007, 03:26 AM
Added to the first post ... thanks for your contribution MysticFairyDrmz ^_^

MysticFairyDrmz
07-16-2007, 12:15 PM
Added to the first post ... thanks for your contribution MysticFairyDrmz ^_^

your welcome. Just figured i would help out some :P

Manyan
09-08-2007, 04:18 PM
My personal favorite so far is openCanvas. :D It's not free, but it's a good program, plus it's a lot cheaper than Photoshop. I was rather surprised that it wasn't already on the list. o_o
http://www.portalgraphics.net/en/

Some of its many features include multiple layers, gradient, tones, etcetera...I'm not really good at explaining it. I draw most of my digital pictures on it; it's a lot easier and more fun to use a tablet when using openCanvas, though, when drawing. I haven't used it for image manipulation a lot, but from the times I have, I found it to be a good program for that, too. :3

Hope this helps, somewhat... .__.

FlashD
09-09-2007, 04:20 PM
Added openCanvas ... thanks for contributing Manyan. ^_^

cat21333
01-01-2008, 12:31 AM
i use serif photoplus its a pretty good prgram. i use it to do all the post work on my cg art.

FlashD
01-02-2008, 03:13 PM
Added PhotoPlus. Thanks for sharing cat21333. ^_^

omniking3
01-02-2008, 03:20 PM
Personally, I enjoy using Adobe Creative Suite. It may be expensive, but it contains every tool, it's feature-full, and relatively easy to use. What's best though is inter-program compatibility, so you can easily switch between programs. I prefer using my Mac labtop. I feel the trackpad is steadier than a mouse.

FlashD
01-02-2008, 03:50 PM
Creative Suite is a pack of different tools which offer a wide variety of possibilities, from web design to graphics. PhotoShop and Illustrator are two of the many programs which are part of this pack. One is for graphic editing and design while the other is for vectoring. I can't really insert the whole pack on the list since we are collecting only graphic programs but I will add Illustrator. Thanks for contributing though.

omniking3
01-02-2008, 04:21 PM
Few people recognize the potential of Adobe ImageReady. Its like a watered-down version of photoshop with more web-related features. Very intuitive tools to create and preview animated gif's. Easy frame by frame editing through layer visibility and individual versions of layers for each frame, along with time delay, I find it the best tool for animated gif's!

FlashD
01-02-2008, 05:29 PM
ImageReady was part of PhotoShop 5.5 and newer. With the latest version of PhotoShop (which is CS3), ImageReady is no more available, since all the features it gave have been integrated into PhotoShop itself. But it's true ... it was a good software to create animated GIFs, even though with CS2 it lost it's purpose since PhotoShop CS2 was able to make animated GIFs as well.

omniking3
01-02-2008, 06:41 PM
Well, I have CS1! But still, there are some programs up there that don't exist or are merged. I'll let you figure out which ones, since you seem to (or think) that know a lot about these programs. I know a few graphic desgners who use Adobe 9. I used Adobe 7 for a very long time!

MoroDashi
05-24-2008, 12:02 AM
I have Photoshop version 7.0 and it is really, really good! But the worst thing is when you save it, it saves as an Adobe Photoshop Image, not a JPG or BMG. So I when I make signatures and upload them Photopucket for the IMG code, it can't upload because of the invaild extension code! >_< I'm still trying to figure out how to change the extension, but out of that photoshop is great! The backround's supplied are great, it also has a create your own backround tool! Now, to be honest, I didn't buy it. One of my sister's friends had it and she burnt it for us! We also have imageready 7.0! Ahh, piracy ^^

FlashD
05-25-2008, 03:00 PM
Umm ... PhotoShop is already on the list, but thanks anyway. ^_^;;

Zan Voaga
06-23-2008, 03:09 AM
I'm going to add in Photoshop Elements in just because it's more for pictures taken with cameras. It helps with things like red eye removal and what not. I use it for my digital art but I'm told that it's a whole different line that the normal Photoshop line that goes into CS3 and what not. Just adding a bit of info.

FlashD
06-23-2008, 05:12 AM
Added PS Elements ... thanks Zan.

manslayer101
07-03-2008, 09:10 PM
Another one that can also be helpful, although better for video game development, it's really handy for editing any programs. It's not free:

Texture Maker (http://www.itbgames.com/blog/2008/06/24/texture-maker/)

FlashD
07-04-2008, 10:22 AM
Added Texture Maker ... thanks manslayer. ^_^

SSDynamite
07-24-2008, 01:54 PM
I was just wondering if you know of any animated.GIF programs for Macs. The ones you mentioned are all for windows :/ If not then it doesn't matter, but I'm just interested in having a look into new graphics programs.

There is a website that lets you upload up to nine images then it plays them as a moving image. I don't know if you want to add it in seeing as it's not a downloadable resource- but here's the link:
http://www.lunapic.com/editor/

FlashD
08-14-2008, 04:01 AM
Ah, no ... I don't know of any for Mac. If I'm not mistaken PhotoShop works on Mac too. Check Adobe's website.

As for web-based editors, they are practically useless for more complex things. v_v;;

Des
09-05-2008, 07:35 AM
I use PSP9, and ones a guy thought I`ve made a pic. for a vid. with PS, a bit cool :P

OH there is a animation expansion for PSP called Animation shop.
I haven`t tried it out, but it should be good :)
Had a look now, and you can make gif`s, animated cursors, video for windows (avi)

RaShayRitto
07-10-2009, 09:10 AM
For anybody into 3D modeling, Wings3D is a great low-poly model maker to get your base mesh created! From there i recommend Zbrush! Zbrush is an EXTREMELY powerful program that makes making complex 3d models literally as easy as painting. its an industry standard in both film and video games, so give it a shot! (legally, of course!). It also has built in texturing capabilities so you pretty much just paint onto the model itself. for an idea of what it can do just look at the Gears of War games. If i remember correctly they made the in game character models by first creating a multi-million polygon model in Zbrush and then converting the topographical details of the model onto a simpler, game friendly mesh in the form of bump mapping. So really the possibilities are endless.

well thats it for my suggestions! hope it was helpful

FirebornX
07-10-2009, 06:23 PM
May I add Poser to the list? It's a 3D program in which you can pose and animate humanoid and other types of models (think animals, aliens, etc.) and add lighting, clothing, props.. and really just do a lot of different things involving movement using 3D models.

Personally I like to use different human models as a replacement for a real life model or a wooden dummy when drawing, I'll just pose the model and then adjust the camera position and render the scene and use the image as a basis when drawing. It really helps you learn proper proportion and anatomy. Especially when you're dealing with a difficult pose, foreshortening, etc.

It's also useful if you're doing complete digital works. You can combine it with another program like bryce or maya to do a complete 3D artwork or combine with photoshop or painter to add realistic humans, animals, etc. to your composite / montage works.

Oh and you don't have Corel Painter on your list. The best digital painting and drawing program that there is. Great for emulating different medias and mediums.

Nor do you have Bryce which is a 3D program which specializes in making landscapes.

Or Maya which is just a more general 3D program... I haven't worked with it for quite some time but last time I did it was a more general 3D program for making pretty much anything. Seemed to be much more user friendly than 3Dmax or Blender.

Tsundere Works
07-10-2009, 09:46 PM
3D Modeling:

Z Brush
3Ds Max
Maya
Lightwave

GIF Software for Mac:

GIF Builder.
[It sucks, though. You cannot resize the image. Changing the timing is a pain, but it's something.]

2D Lineart Program:

Paint Tool SAI.

I love this program. Ever since I started using it, I have not gone back. Smooth lines, and easy to use interface. It's cheap, any many professionals use it. It's in Japanese, but you can find it in English on their site. 30 Day free trial.

RaShayRitto
07-11-2009, 12:13 AM
i wanna second 3ds max, pretty well intergrated animation tools and some very usable tools for particle effects. I believe the Killzone 2 team used 3ds max to make destructable geometry, but i could be remembering wrong!

fractured_chaos
03-01-2010, 01:16 PM
Corel PhotoImpact (http://store1.corel.com/corel/product/index.jsp?pid=prod3430246&cid=catalog20038&skuId=PK_PI13ESD)

It's not free, but it's a good, sturdy program for the price. I don't think it's going to be upgraded any more though. It used to be Ulead, but I think Corel bought them out.

It's the program I use, and I like it. Not as hard to figure out as Photoshop, but isn't quite as flexible, either. Nor does it have the brushes and textures that PS has.

Still, not a bad program for someone who is past being a newb but not yet skilled enough for PS.

FlashD
03-12-2010, 09:10 AM
I'll list it as Ulead since the application is not on Corel's site yet. Thanks for contributing. ^_^

.:neuko:.
10-09-2010, 10:42 AM
I have Photoshop version 7.0 and it is really, really good! But the worst thing is when you save it, it saves as an Adobe Photoshop Image, not a JPG or BMG. So I when I make signatures and upload them Photopucket for the IMG code, it can't upload because of the invaild extension code! >_< I'm still trying to figure out how to change the extension, but out of that photoshop is great! The backround's supplied are great, it also has a create your own backround tool! Now, to be honest, I didn't buy it. One of my sister's friends had it and she burnt it for us! We also have imageready 7.0! Ahh, piracy ^^

Hmm... I don't exactly know how you're saving your files here, Ma'am... but I had no such problems with my Photoshop 7 at all. Sorry, if I may come across as condecending here, but I can't help wondering if you're using the "Save", instead of the "Save As" command. Save will only save your file in the current format that it's opened in (unless the file is originated in Photoshop, in which case it will be a PSD file), whereas Save As should give you a massive list of File Format options, which would at least include the essentials such as, JPG, GIF, BMP, TIF and PNG. (I'm not quite sure about "BMG"... but still, it'd probably have that as well)

+Namiko+
03-31-2011, 08:47 AM
There's an excellent free program called MyPaint http://mypaint.intilinux.com/
That's made to be used with gimp. you paint in it, and finish it up in Gimp. There are a lot of natural media brushes. It's new, but it's developing.

FlashD
03-31-2011, 02:24 PM
Added to the list. Thank you +Namiko+. ^_^

+Namiko+
04-01-2011, 09:24 AM
No problemo! Thanks for the awesome thread :) Oh, by the way, for artists you may also want to add Smoothdraw http://www.smoothdraw.com/ for its easy to use interface, and its Freeness, and Artweaver, which is similar to MyPaint but with the technical features that MyPaint lacks http://artweaver.de/ (it has a free and pro (paid)version, but the paid version is affordable) Sorry if I'm nagging ^^'