The new GIMP for Mac reads pressure sensitivity, I just need to mess around with brush settings. For others who search the forums for a problem like this: GIMP for Mac is free and as I've used GIMP extensively in the past I recommend it for your drawing needs. When using it for Mac though you may need to go into your Input Device settings under GIMP's Preferences and set the Pressure curves to Screen or Window, and then adjust the curve on the graph that pops up in the window.
Fire Alpaca is a nifty, simple little freeware, I just got done fiddling with it. Compared to GIMP, it lacks about 80% of the tools and has no filters, but its pressure and pen motion reading is very smooth. It also has a set of Snaps, from Grid-based snapping to Vanish Point. Fast and smooth, good for sketching and doodling pre-op pages and pieces.
I also just tried out photoshoponlinefree.com, which is a slimmed-down browser-based Photoshop alternative. Obviously not nearly as powerful as Shop itself, but a nice alternative if you can't get programs to work on your computer.
Also of course there is dA's own Muro appliction, which I had tried using before posting this thread. It's alright, but I found the free online Photoshop to be better. Muro is prone to lag, as it records every motion you make.
I was gifted ArtRage (thankyouthankyou ;w; ); it's taking me a bit to get used to a more "realistic" approach, as ArtRage mimics actual paints, pens, crayons and airbrushes and has drying times and such. A fun program to mess around with, I'll probably be getting more seriously into it later. The free version is limited of course but has more options than most trialwares, another recommended art program.
--PaintTool SAI is not made for Mac. There is a Wine-skinned version for Mac, but apparently it's not very reliable and cannot read tablet input.
Adobe got me my serial number, thankfully, but I can't reinstall Photoshoop because my CD drive is totally gone now. It hung on just long enough for the reinstall of my OS, but now it won't read anything :'c On the subject of Adobe though, there's a lot of buzz about them offering CS2 for free. Technically it's free. However, it's only meant as an archival for users who had already purchased a CS2 license. Even though it's publicly offered, it's not meant for free download. While I would take this chance, I dare not, as my dealings with Adobe in the past have shown colors I'd rather not get involved with. Seeing how money-hungry they are, they could easily file lawsuits against those who "illegally" downloaded and registered these CS2 programs. While I doubt they will since they were stupid enough to leave it in public access, it's a chance I'd rather not take.
Um, it is when you compare it to other software like photoshop and Painter. I'd much rather pay $79 than $300 to $600. Even photoshop Elements cost more than $100, and Sai cost around $65-70. So yeah, it's on the cheaper tier software wise.
I mean don't get me wrong, you can find plenty of free software too like Gimp, inkscape, Firealpaca, Sketchbook Express and artrage.
I like paying for my software, especially if I use it for commercial work and commissions, which I do.
unfortunately I don't have a credit card, I don't even have a bank account because I don't have enough money to cover the "minimum amount" most banks require before they start charging for insufficient funds :c Been looking for a stable job for almost 3 years now. I've been trying to get commissions so I have a Paypal balance at least, but no one will buy x-x
Did you register your old copy of Photoshop before? If you've installed it before you should be able to install it again, because the student license doesn't stop being valid when you stop being a student. You just can't upgrade or transfer your license to anyone. The Adobe site says right out that the educational license is perpetual.
If you've sat on an unopened box all this time, though, you're kinda screwed.
huh. Yeah it was registered on my Mac for a while until my sister knocked it off my desk and damaged the hard drive, which led to it crashing. I finally found the install disk again (yay for moving and things getting lost >< )
The serial code I was given by the studentlicensing site "is invalid", though. I sent them an email to ask about it. I've been screwed by Adobe at least three times before though so...my hopes aren't very high.
Yeah, my experiences with Adobe haven't been sunshine and rainbows either. But it's worth a try, if you can get them to honour the agreement then you can save yourself finding another program and still use the software you paid for. Good luck!
Last time I inquired about pressure sensitivity on the GIMP forums they told me it was not implemented in the Mac port o.O I'm still having issues with it. x-x I've looked all over both the computer, tablet and GIMP settings trying to get it to work but idk what's going on. I may be overlooking some stupidly simple thing though, will continue poking around.
I know have done a load of pictures using pressure sensitivity on a 2010 Macbook Pro with Snow Leopard, GIMP 2.6 and two different Wacom tablets. I can only assume whoever told you that was wrong. As far as I know nobody has got Sai working on a Mac with pressure sensitivity yet - maybe they were thinking of that?
Edit/Preferences/Input Devices/Cofigure Extended Input Devices is the place to muck about in GIMP settings - make sure the tablet is showing up there and is selected as an input device first. If you can't see your tablet there then it might be a case of downloading the latest drivers/software for your tablet. It it is there then it should just be a matter of getting your settings right in GIMP.
I have heard you might need to update X11 or other components if you have an older version OS X - but apparently 10.5 and up should be fine without any updates.
The only other decent free art software I know of for Mac is Inkscape - but that is for vector graphics rather than a Photoshop alternative.
Huh. That's strange, I was told X11 couldn't support the pressure. I just took a look through the settings of my 2.6, it sees the tablet but there's still no pressure reading. It only registers the tablet as a mouse I guess. I have the latest drivers. And I'm running on an up-to-date Snow Leopard, made sure of that for another program
I just found, however, that my memory is crappier than I thought. I thought I remembered checking the GIMP site only a week or so ago but it's been way longer, there's apparently a new version that is built natively for Mac rather than running X11, so I'm gonna give the new 2.8 a spin and see if it works
I have heard X11 prior to Leopard won't support pressure sensitivity - so it might just be out of date information that you have rather than incorrect information. A fully updated Snow Leopard should be fine because that is what I have.
As far as memory goes I have 4 GB of RAM on my Mac and GIMP really does struggle with that compared to my Ubuntu desktop. I don't think GIMP 2.6 on Mac can be very memory efficient.
But like you say - there is a fancy new version of GIMP, so probably better to try that than muck about!
By the way, you can currently get Photoshop CS2 from Adobe for free for Mac or Windows. Adobe deactivated the activation servers (presumably because it wasn't worth their while to keep them running anymore) so now just have valid keys on the download page for legitimate users who want to reinstall.
I'm unsure about the legality of that for anyone who wasn't a legitimate user and there is some debate about the matter - but their currently isn't anything stopping anyone from getting Photoshop CS2 here - [link]