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June 7, 2011


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Best digital art program?

h-irsch Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Lately I been getting tired of Gimp. It's really shit. I mean seriously it's deleting layers on my drawings over night. Also the lines aren't very well. The tools don't even make a big difference.

All I heard of was SAI and photoshop. What else would be good? Or what kind of photoshop? I won't have SAI for long since the free trial will end eventually and I really don't think I would buy it. I usually buy things at a store instead of online.

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Emoeba Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Student General Artist
Sorry, not really answering here since I love the GIMP, but:

Are you saving as .xcf? That's the WIP format for GIMP, it save layers very politely. Usually I keep one copy of a drawing/photo edit in .xcf form, and another in .png form.

What exactly do you mean my the lines aren't very well? Each tool has a bunch of little settings you can use to change it.
h-irsch Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Actually I do save as .xcf.
TimmyWithFangs Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
The thing about Paint Tool Sai is it's only geared towards drawing. I find it to be more fluid and "fun" to use than Photoshop, but it doesn't even have a text tool as far as I know, and none of the great onboard filters and things that Photoshop has.

I much prefer drawing in Paint Tool Sai though, and it is much cheaper and very efficient.

My recommendation would be to not worry too much about which particular program is THE BEST, just find one that is suited to your work flow and go from there. Everybody else's opinion is inconsequential to what allows you to create comfortably.
EvilNature Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
Well, I really hate Photoshop. I don't like interface. There's nothing attractive for me in it.
I use only Inkscape and Gimp, maybe because my teacher learned me in that programs.
It's better when you try some programes and then you will see which one is the best for you.
I've never used Corel, but I heard it's the same like Gimp.
But everything depend of what do you want to do in it.
HelloKattie Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
One thing that I see is that no one has mentioned Manga Studio. It's perhaps not the BEST digital drawing program, but it is a good one. Can seem a bit complex at first, 'cause you have to figure out where everything is, but once you get the hang of it it's nice. I use it all the time. =) It has very nice line art, too. [link] <<- Is a good example of what it's capable of.

It's compatible with Photoshop, you can import photoshop files to it, just don't have both programs open at the same time, or they'll both bomb out. It'll also lag if you use the air brush too extensively, but other than that, I've never had any glitches or problems with it and it's a very stable program.
slater101 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
The Simple answer to this is.. Just have them all.. Some programs have tools others dont.. Also with the power of a Suite EX. PHOTOSHOP + ILLUSTRATOR = Endless results but thats not with only adobe products Gimp can be just as good if your willing to take the time to learn it..
Also Adobe products are famous for cutting back on productivity time, You can use some of the others and still get the same if not better end result..

Sample all of them, Find wich one suites you best and stick to that style..

so-berauscht Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Student General Artist
If you don't like Photoshop or Sai, there is always Corel Painter :) Get trail versions for free, get tutorials and try them all out! There is no best digital art program in general, you've got to find out yourself what works best for you. I personally prefer Photoshop over Corel and Sai (I tried them all...) because I can also apply image editing options to my paintings, but that's just me :shrug:
JackS11 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011   Interface Designer
In terms of overall quality, I don't think you can really beat the Adobe Suite. Photoshop and Illustrator are what I use everyday. There are plenty of cheaper or free alternatives however that are still great to work with. GIMP is a great little program, Corel Draw and Inkscape are also worth looking at.
darrellmoore Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
PS Elements, of course :)
Tw1stedMetalPirate Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
whats teh difference between PS CS5 Extended and PS Elements?
mare-of-night Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
I use Photoshop Elements, but I haven't really used anything else. I figure it must be pretty good, since it's pretty rare that I can't do something in a drawing because of the program I'm using. Consider using Corel Painter instead if you want to imitate traditional media, though - that's what it's made for.
boringcabage Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well it depends what kind of style your into, when i draw i use both sai and photoshop, sai is better for linearts and photoshop is better for adding effects to the image once its done. it does not real matter which one you color in tho.
Stalcry Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Student Digital Artist
If you hate Gimp that much you may have some problems with Photoshop. too. Did you try the Gimp Paint Studio patch? Sai is worth the buy, too. I don't regret it. (I have experience in all of these programs).

If you are into digital painting, try MyPaint.
It is developing but I absolutely ADORE it, but it may lack the features you want. Its free though. So no wasted money.

Too answer the title question, there is no "Best Digital Program", there isn't one. For a lot of my pictures, at least two programs are involved, sometimes three.
QuillandPaper Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I personally love Photoshop to death. There's a free "alternative," but it's not very user friendly and requires you to put in way too much effort to get certain effects that photoshop could do in one or two clicks. I hear great things about Paint Tool Sai, though. It still costs money, but it's much, much cheaper than photoshop.

The most important thing you have to remember is that you get what you pay for.
h-irsch Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Well I do have photoshop elements 7 since I got it when I bought my tablet. I think I am truly going to have to get used to it.
achipps Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There might be a lot of things you can do that you didn't try to make things better, like getting smooth lines. If you have a image large enough the lines will look smoother.

I know photoshop can work with images that takes up more than your ram. If you have 1 gig of ram Photoshop can work with a image about 1 and a half gig. But if you save that as a bmp, it can never be opened with that much ram.

I think that is only part of what make photoshop better than other programs, because it can do more with the ram you have, and makes it work smoother with less gittering jagged lines than other programs.

The only other program that can do that is Sai. I downloaded a demo and then I downloaded an English converter for it, to make it a English version. Some how the demo became a full version.
I uninstalled it because I like photoshop and just wanted to try it out like all other programs so I can say what is best. Sai is better with a tablet more than a mouse, and because it don't have as much as photoshop it works smooth and better for art, but not as good with a mouse.
I use a mouse in photoshop so that is what I like the best, but if I didn't have the money Sai would be the best.

I can't use a tablet, but I know most people can. I wished I could use one because the pen seems a lot like a airbrush without the little air compressor and paint bottle.
SamuelEarl666 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Hobbyist
I've seen great stuff done in GIMP. in fact, me and my friends have been using it for ages.
jakobdam Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Sorry man. Having tried most of the drawing programs, I'd also go for Paint Tool SAI, or Adobe Photoshop (Elements, if you're on a tight budget).

Ah, well... you COULD take a look at Corel PAINTER: [link]
- It's quite good as well, and does a neat job of handling brushes and blends.

There's also Autodesk Sketchbook PRO: [link]
- The user interface here is very intuitive, and very nice results are indeed possible.

In the end, I'll recommend you to just download all the demos and give each program a try. Just play around - drawing in demo software doesn't cost you a dime :)

At the end of the day, you'll know by heart which one appeals to you.
inmc Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
[link] provides a comparision of raster graphics editors
narutokunobessed Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Student General Artist

First find users who make art with a certain program. Then try each one.

There is no best program. If we called programs best, then that would defeat the purpose of an artist to have wiggle room for the creativity. Theres many free programs that some professional use that are cheaper or free then photoshop. People choose photoshop because it allows more ways to create expodentially with its billions of tools. People like for its simple interface and that the lineart is solid inking. The inking in SAi is smoother then other programs. But in these programs, we can always find ways to combat each of their weeknesses. So just choose one and just do it.
Blue-Kitsune Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
well, gimp can delete layers if you don't save it as a .xcf. I have screwed myself over at times because I forget to save it that way, and save it as a jpg.
Gimp has worked very well for me, especially because it was free. But I could find ways to do almost everything photoshop is able to do. It's just that with GIMP, its a little bit more difficult.
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