What is your favorite program to use when you want to create digital art?

Do you prefer to use a tablet & pen or old fashioned mouse & mouse pad?

For me, I fell in love with PhotoImpact after taking an online class and currently use PhotoImpact X3.  In the past I have used various programs including Paint Shop Pro 6 & 7.  

Although I have a Walcom tablet, pen and mouse, I find myself working more with my regular mouse more than anything else.

I look forward to hearing from everyone!

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I use Photoshop.  I've dabbled in Illustrator but it wasn't really my thing - couldn't get the hang of vectors.  I guess I am just a pixel-based girl! :)

 

On my 'travel laptop' (an Eee) I use Photoshop Elements because I'm not sure the Eee can handle the full program. Photoshop Elements has many of the same basic features as the full Photoshop, but at a fraction of the price. 

 

I also have a Wacom tablet, pen and mouse but I haven't quite gotten the hang of it yet.  I need to learn more about it!

Have you tried the Artistic Brush libraires inside Illustrator? They work  just like  the ones in Photoshop, but without the jagged look of the pixelated strokes. I like  Illustrator traces because they have such variety of strokes! They are kind of hidden inside the brush libraries. see screen shot below.

Thaneeya McArdle said:

I use Photoshop.  I've dabbled in Illustrator but it wasn't really my thing - couldn't get the hang of vectors.  I guess I am just a pixel-based girl! :)

 

On my 'travel laptop' (an Eee) I use Photoshop Elements because I'm not sure the Eee can handle the full program. Photoshop Elements has many of the same basic features as the full Photoshop, but at a fraction of the price. 

 

I also have a Wacom tablet, pen and mouse but I haven't quite gotten the hang of it yet.  I need to learn more about it!



Thaneeya McArdle said:

I use Photoshop.  I've dabbled in Illustrator but it wasn't really my thing - couldn't get the hang of vectors.  I guess I am just a pixel-based girl! :)

 

On my 'travel laptop' (an Eee) I use Photoshop Elements because I'm not sure the Eee can handle the full program. Photoshop Elements has many of the same basic features as the full Photoshop, but at a fraction of the price. 

 

I also have a Wacom tablet, pen and mouse but I haven't quite gotten the hang of it yet.  I need to learn more about it!

I began painting using photoshop elements and clicked from morning to night. Though the process was very tedious I felt more in control than presently using my new Wacom tablet. However, mastering the eye / hand coordination will only occur if I use it. Right? I just completed my latest digital painting on my tablet. titled:Pond View

I love Photoshop Elements for image manipulation, it's indeed powerful for the price.  I figure that if I can't get it done with Photoshop Elements, then it just can't be done!   :)  But when it comes to capturing the feel of traditional painting in a digital way, I like Corel Painter.

I wouldn't trade my Wacom tablet for anything.  :)  Fun fun!

I also use Blender with the LuxRender engine, for creating 3d models.

 

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Thaneeya McArdle said:

I use Photoshop.  I've dabbled in Illustrator but it wasn't really my thing - couldn't get the hang of vectors.  I guess I am just a pixel-based girl! :)

 

On my 'travel laptop' (an Eee) I use Photoshop Elements because I'm not sure the Eee can handle the full program. Photoshop Elements has many of the same basic features as the full Photoshop, but at a fraction of the price. 

 

I also have a Wacom tablet, pen and mouse but I haven't quite gotten the hang of it yet.  I need to learn more about it!

I'll have to practice more with Illustrator!  I bought the program a couple of months ago, but I too haven't gotten used to its process and work flow.  Indeed, there is a wealth of tools buried within Illustrator, it's almost overwhleming!  :)



Beatriz Anzures Trejo said:

Have you tried the Artistic Brush libraires inside Illustrator? They work  just like  the ones in Photoshop, but without the jagged look of the pixelated strokes. I like  Illustrator traces because they have such variety of strokes! They are kind of hidden inside the brush libraries. see screen shot below.

Thaneeya McArdle said:

I use Photoshop.  I've dabbled in Illustrator but it wasn't really my thing - couldn't get the hang of vectors.  I guess I am just a pixel-based girl! :)

 

On my 'travel laptop' (an Eee) I use Photoshop Elements because I'm not sure the Eee can handle the full program. Photoshop Elements has many of the same basic features as the full Photoshop, but at a fraction of the price. 

 

I also have a Wacom tablet, pen and mouse but I haven't quite gotten the hang of it yet.  I need to learn more about it!

Beatriz, thanks so much for this tip and the screenshot!  I had no idea about the Artistic Brush Libraries in Illustrator.  It looks very cool and may be just what I need?  I moved recently and don't have Illustrator on my laptop, but I might be getting a desktop soon which will be able to handle the program.  I wasn't planning on ever using Illustrator again but your post has made me curious!  Thanks again!

Beatriz Anzures Trejo said:

Have you tried the Artistic Brush libraires inside Illustrator? They work  just like  the ones in Photoshop, but without the jagged look of the pixelated strokes. I like  Illustrator traces because they have such variety of strokes! They are kind of hidden inside the brush libraries. see screen shot below.

You all should try ArtRage . I have STudio Pro. It feels very much like painting, sketching and chalking. I have an online digital design business, and use AR, Paint.net, and PSE interchangeably. Getting the hang of the pen and tablet is simply a matter of practice. I got used to it in a week's time. I would never draw with the mouse, as there is no fluidity.  Got my tablet and pen from Amazon at a huge discount. Recommend that too.  If you are having "jaggies", there are steps to be rid of them without having to use Illustrator or full PS. One tip is to apply a guassian blur at 1 pixel. If still jaggy, add it again. More than two pixels will blur. :)

Right now I use three different photo editors, Photoshop, Lunapic and Befunky.  Befunky and Lunapic have filters that I like and color options that I like so I use them along with the filters in photo shop to create the art.  I've been exploring the different brushes lately and have really taken to working with the doge tool.  It's like drawing with a while pencil on colored paper.   I use a mouse because it's all I have to work with.   I'd like to get one of those stylists that you hold like a pencil because then I could really use the doge tool as a while pencil, and that would be like doing white drawings on dark paper.  I love doing those!

Paint.net is an affordable program (FREE) that is similar to Photoshop. It comes with basic stuff , and there are tutorials on Youtube, a forum where you can get free styles, actions, etc to add to the program. I started in Paint.net. :)

Grace L. Sanford said:

While I wish I could afford something great like Corel, Photoshop, or Illustrator, I've always been pretty content with learning to make do with what I have. That used to be a program called PC Paintbrush that made PCX files. I still have the 5" floppies for the installation of that old program but, of course, no way now to use them. Today I use the Basic Paint program that came with my computer, and I use Paint.net, MS Word drawing tools, an old Photoshop Elements, IrfanView, ClickArt WMF Image Editor, and Microsoft Publisher. All the art I make on the computer is absract.

My favorite digital art software is Corel Painter X (which I haven't mastered all the whistles and bells yet) and a WACOM Bamboo Fun tablet and stylus. I can't believe I lived and did art without them. They're great for erasing "scanner pox" and "Scanner burn" off scanned arts. (I do wish I could find a scanner with a larger platen though...larger than 8 x 11") and erasing whoopsies from linearts. Ink blot while drawing pen and ink? No problem. Too lazy to whip up a pallette of acrylic or oil paints? Painter again. It's almost cheating...no solvents/fumes to clean up. Otherwise, I still love Traditional art media.

I took a digital art class and have loved it ever since. I use Photoshop Elements, have Photoshop, however PSE does just about the same and is easier for me. Last year I purchased an iPad and now have many art programs on it and LOVE them. It's so nice to be able to take it anywhere and work on a piece. Here is one that I've done on the iPad with a little program called Art Set. It's one of the more simple programs but very powerful. Only one layer and limited undos, but the possibilities are endless.

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