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.
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.
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.
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-berauschtFeatured By OwnerJun 9, 2011Student 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
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.