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A Guide to Art Programs

Tue Aug 18, 2015, 4:50 PM by Goth-Kath:icongoth-kath:


Hey~! It's Goth-Kath here with another Tuesday Tip~! Last time I talked to you guys about Pricing your Art.

This time I’m going to talk about a subject that will speak to less people, but I hope it will still be useful to some.

Today's subject is : Digital Art Programs


I have seen enough people who want to start Digital and don't know which program to get. I've also seen enough artists who do not like the program they have or want a change of pace but do not know any other programs to get, or at least none that won’t cost them a kidney (I’m looking at you Adobe ):< ). So today I’m going to list a bunch of programs you can use to create Digital art, with some correct information, pros/cons, and my personal experience.

So, let’s get to it~!


Paint Tool SAI


Paint Tool SAI or Easy Paint Tool SAI is probably the most well known Digital art software out there (along with Photoshop).

Where to get it: www.systemax.jp/en/sai/

Costs: Paint tool SAI comes with a free 31 day trial. After that you will need to buy the license for 5400 Japanese Yen or $43,50 to be able to use the entire version. (After the trial ends you wont be able to save/open documents). BUT there are FREE versions of Paint Tool SAI roaming the internet. This means it will run as a trial forever. NOTE: The trial version cannot do certain things like saving transparent files.

Interface: The interface is clean and both the brushes/colour column and the layer/effects column can be switched to either side of the canvas you're working on.

The drop down menus offer various customization options, canvas rotation, filters, and deform options.

Pros: 180 layers, stabilizers, effects, filters, custom brushes, swatches/sliders/scribblepad, clipping groups, and maps.

Cons: Not much effects, not all too strong deform options, textures work a little wonky.

My experience: Good, my favorite. Easy to understand/use for beginners. Not all THAT expensive compared to other programs.



Photoshop



Second up is Adobe Photoshop~! Probably the best and most complicated one of the bunch!

Where to get

it: www.adobe.com/products/photosh…

Costs: Adobe always offers a 30 day free trial on all their products before you need a licence code to start the program. Photoshop costs $20 a month or $240 a year

(That’s Photoshop only, it offers other deals for multiple programs).

Interface: Photoshop's interface is really full when you compare it to SAI or other programs. Every tool has a drop down menu with multiple variations of the tool in them, and the drop down menus at the top offer endless possibilities when it comes to filters, deformation, and effects. The interface also allows you to either pick a light or a dark background whichever you prefer.

Pros: Seemingly endless layers, advanced colors and effects, clipping groups, custom brushes and patterns, huge amount of different tools and tricks, can animate.

Cons: Pretty expensive for students/beginners, essentially made for photomanipulations (not art), difficult to understand for beginners, wonky use of layer adjustments, heavy program so you'll need a good PC.

My experience: I actually like Photoshop. I can't say I understand it all because I don't, I think I do not even use 1/4th of what Photoshop has to offer. I really miss the stabilizer in Photoshop and as a result I cannot do much with it except painting some pre-made sketches (this is entirely my fault though, one shouldn't rely that much on stabilizer tools). Photoshop is also way too sensitive to my tablet imo and I have not found any correct setting yet. I cannot find a middle way where I can paint lightly AND get it 100% black if I choose to.


(Our Warchief, Loki-Dalton actually uses Photoshop CC 2015 daily to create their pieces, so if you have any questions about Photoshop, you can always shoot them a comment/Personal Note~)


Clip Studio Paint



Is not THAT well known but is an excellent tool to create Mangas/Comics!

Where to get it: www.clipstudio.net/en

Costs: Just like almost every program, Clip Studio Paint comes with a free trial. Afterwards you pay either $50 for Paint Pro or $220 for Paint EX. (Paint EX offers more tools/effects than Paint Pro, but Paint Pro is pretty good on its own).

Interface: Clip Paint Studio has an interface that is kind of a mash-up between Photoshop and SAI. It is pretty standard and easy to get yet Clip Studio offers so much that you can make your interface as cluttered and full as you want. Clip Paint Studio is also changeable from light to dark and back.

Pros: It offers 3D models for you to position/use for drawings, it has a huge amount of tools to help you with panels and perspective, stabilizer/flow settings, photo to Manga converter, speedlines, RGB -> CYMK settings for prints.

Cons: If you're serious about making Mangas/Comics you NEED the EX version (the expensive one), the 3D model rotation goes a bit wonky, it has a LOT of things/tricks that you need to learn, the program can

be really overwhelming, and it’s a seriously heavy program so you need a good PC to run it.

My experience: I have not used the program very often because the 3D modeling made it crash multiple times, but I can easily see the potential behind it all and it is a really good program for drawing Mangas/Comics. It needs a bit of effort to understand but the site offers various tutorials to get the hang of it.



Krita



The most complete FREE program around!

Where to get it: krita.org/

Costs: None at all, Krita is 100% FREE!

Interface: The interface is also a mash-up between SAI and Photoshop. The drop down menus offer effects/filters and the layer/color columns can be switched around to suit your style.

Pros: It's very user friendly, quick mirror view, RGB -> CYMK for prints, blending modes, great pop-up menu, good with filters/adjustments, it offers Comic/Manga templates.

Cons: Stability is lacking, layer management could be a bit better.

My experience: My experience with Krita is not much, I got it at a time where my PC wouldn't even load three tabs so it couldn't run the program well. The large brushes went really slow and buggy when I wanted to work on big high res files. Further than that I have nothing bad to say about Krita, it’s FREE and amazing at it. It lacks here and there but it’s the best choice for a beginner or professional who wants to stay at low costs.


Gimp



A Free manipulation program!

Where to get it: www.gimp.org/

Costs: None, it’s free!

Interface: User friendly and pretty clean. You can drag the bars to wherever you want.

Pros: It’s free, you have your standard options, all in all it’s decent for warping and manipulating pictures.

Cons: GIMP is a bit dead, it’s hard to operate, and you don't get more than standard brushes and horrible patterns.

My experience: I can easily say that I hate GIMP, I've used it for quite some time because I had no alternative and it was free. GIMP can be okay if you take the time to figure out how it all works but the menus are strange and the layers do not work as well.


More Programs

I can think of some more programs that I’m not familiar with. I will link them below and give you the pricetag but I cannot say any more about them because I have no personal experience.


Adobe Flash

Some people use Adobe Flash to draw in. It’s mostly used as an animation program.
Its a vector program with the ability to create smooth lines but it can't blend. So no painting!

- Where to get it: www.adobe.com/nl/products/flas…

- Costs: $20 a month or $240 a year.


Paint.net

Paint.net is a pretty decent program with good color options and it allows the use of layers.

- Where to get it: www.getpaint.net/index.html

- Costs: None, its totally free!


Corel Painter/ Painter 2016

Coral Painter is compatible with Photoshop and great for Mixed Media.

- Where to get it: www.painterartist.com/us/produ…

- Costs: $230 for everything.

Manga Studio 5
- Where to get it: my.smithmicro.com/manga-studio…
- Costs: $48


Well that's it for today~! Don't forget that not every program is meant for everyone. Maybe you'll need to switch between a few before you find one you work easily with. Choosing a good program to work with is really personal! And yes, the expensive programs offer more but they are NOT necessary to create beautiful art~! Just see how much YOU are willing to spend, and make the most of the free trials ;)
As always, if you think this article was helpful: Share~! It means the world to me (:


Happy creating!

-Kath

Skin by SimplySilent
Which one is YOUR favourite?
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sozo-teki Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2017  Student Digital Artist
As someone who uses Clip Studio Paint for a couple of years, it is an interesting program. Around this year, they added a community like hub where people can upload brushes and materials. It's interesting and it helps with doing specific things. As for the stability part, it has it's ups and downs. 

One thing I am not fond of is when you hit about 250 layers or have a large carnvas (4000 x 4000 and up) it will get a bit slow. Another thing I am not fond of is that when you save large files or save stuff, it will take 10-30 seconds to do so. It scares me when it freezes like that because I think it will crash but if you wait, it should work easily. Above all it is an interesting program.  
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MaverickHunterZXA Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2017  Student Digital Artist
"Fools. RealWorld Paint is all you need." -me circa November 2016
"Dad, asking again, can you give me $50 for SAI ok thanks" -me now
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boxgood67 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
my have all in just e-mail phone free 2 x-force keygen manga studio ex5 and photoshop cs 6 OMG MOAR POEMS! Dance! 


me free!!!!
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macpainttool Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really thanks for your guide to summarize the art programs.

Does anyone know how to run sai on Mac? Currently, I followed the method of the article 3 alternative to Paint Tool sai Mac OS X EI Capital   with pen pressure support. I would like try to find out the most convenient method to use paint tool sai on Mac and the article seems to work.

Here is a suggestion from my friend: Another nice paint tool named Pro Paint for Mac which can paint, draw, edit image, vector graphic design, free-form transformation, add filters, crop, alpha channel edit.
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objectinmotion Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016
What would you suggest for someone who only has experience with Photoshop from a class and liked it but needs the program to be free? My tablet's a Huion H610PRO, if that helps any, and I've got a MacBook Pro.
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danganronpa11037 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
krita
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i might be biased but krita
you should have added firealpaca too, it's really easy to use and took me about an hour to get used to (also free)
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3DSigner Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2017
I agree
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mamasbabygirlz Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
here's a question. 
Is there any FREE and NO DOWNLOAD programs like paint tool sai?
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ChexTheDoggo Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2016
yes, Pixlr is a very simplified version of sai, firealpaca is also good and free, its lightweight but you must download it
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LVUER Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2016
Great review, very helpful... You might want to try Medibang Paint. The truth is I haven't use other software at all. I have only used Flash to make... well, everything, from illustration to manga and obviously, animation... and since Flash is not really for making all of those, the result is not that satisfactory though not that bad either.

The strong plus Flash has that other doesn't have (at that time) is the line stabilizer. The brush line that Flash create is super crisp. Yeah, BRUSH, not the pencil/vector tool. That's why I use Flash for a very long time.

I also use photoshop for a bit... nothing too serious though... at first it's because I don't have strong enough PC... but by the time I can buy one, I'm already too familiar with flash. Also, at that time, Photoshop is not that good to make manga... it's good to make illustration, for sure... but not for manga... again, not photoshop is bad... perhaps it's just people hasn't really used to it... It's really hard to create crisp lineart with photoshop... Nowadays we can make custom brush for that matter... I don't know if we already can achieve that during that time or it is just I don't know how... but anyway, I don't really use photoshop since I want to concentrate on drawing rather than tinkering with photoshop.

Of course finally I reached the limit of what Flash can do. Obviously it has plenty limitation if it's used to make illustration and manga... starting from inability to create high dpi art (it can make BIG art but since it's vector based, it neglects the dpi), no smudge tool, no helping tool to create perspective or dialog box, often crashing when creating big illustration, maximum of 2880x2880 pixels... and the list just goes on.

By the time I want to back to photoshop, I heard about Clip Studio Paint... and I heard that it's seriously good... but too expensive for me to buy (I got my photoshop from where I work) so I put that on hold... and since I'm busy with RL, I don't have the time to try the trial version...

Again, by the time I'm going to buy Clip Studio Paint (yeah, too lazy to try the trial version and just about to gamble and buy it anyway) I heard about Medibang Paint. I can't believe when I heard that it's really good but it's completely FREE!!! So I immediately download it and try it... and instantly fell in love with it... It has so many features, it has crisp line art... and so many other things... the update also fast and the admin actually listen to us... The best part is... it supports multiple platform, from PC, android, and iOS... It has cloud storage system so you can draw on PC, save to cloud, open it on Android, continue working... save... and the open it again on PC... and so on...

I want to say that Medibang is so great... but since I have only tried Flash and just a bit of photoshop... and watching many YouTubes videos about Clip Paint Studio... I want to hold my further opinion about Medibang.

Dem... why now I'm ranting here... I hope you don't mind... Anyway, I've tried Medibang and it's great... so I just hope you can try and like it too. Thanks and sorry for the long post... I want to draw potatoes here... but no uploading picture here, so sorry...
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quirkySketchman Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2016
Krita has grown really fast thanks to kickstarter, you should check it out.

Also medibang paint is missing.

Great job anyways
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dragonnology Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for this :D
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rineclipses Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm using Medibang Paint Pro now and I think it's as good as any free softwares out there as well. :D
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Animangie Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ditto
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aauditor Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016  Student Digital Artist
The Paint Tool Sai i have is a free version, but it saves transparent images, so it's not really a trial...
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Ursusmaior Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015
Slight correction: Manga Studio and Clip Studio Paint is actually the same, they are marketed under two different names in the East and the West.
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InkPawStudio777 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Youz forgot Inkscape! XD It's also a good program, and free too! XD
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Sol-Caninus Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015   General Artist
Well, Kath, maybe I read too fast, but it seems you didn't mention that Adobe Photoshop CS2 is free.  Anyone can download a full version absolutely free of charge.  Adobe will supply the activation code.  The only caveat is that they will not support it any longer, so it won't update and you don't get access to online help etc.  It's without doubt the best freebee deal around.  Photoshop - full version - FREE. 

Also, you might research Mischief, a great little program with an infinite canvas.  It's a fraction of the price of PS and has good line stabilization, so provides a realistic (delightful) drawing experience.  
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DrawingGirl4 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
I know this is old but, it's not free. It was simply there so that people who owned it can get a copy before the server is removed because they can't keep it up anymore. If it was free, the would have offered  the serial numbers like the did with Macromedia Flash, which they didnt. The officials even confirmed that it's not free.
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Sol-Caninus Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016   General Artist
That is technically correct, yet from the practical point of view, wrong.  The fact is that Adobe has made the program available to anyone and everyone who wants it by providing both the program AND the serial number that is needed to install it.  They are fully aware that those who did not buy the program are downloading it - and they are quite happy about it, as it is to their advantage.  They know that those who use it and can afford to upgrade will do so. Don't you think that a powerhouse like ADOBE could arrange it so that only those who actually bought the program could gain access to it?  C'mon.  It's free.  Plain and simple. The officials said so, in effect, which is quite clear when you take them in context with the behavior (actions speak louder than words).
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aevrynn Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I use Artrage... It's very different from anything else I've seen. Quite cheap too. And has a free demo version... Check it out. I'm too lazy to tell too much of it. Some stuff is so so handy you want to kill whoever is making other programs for not including them in their own programs, but on the other hand it lacks some basic stuff other programs have.
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ShikaNime Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
If this interests anyone who has an iPad or iPod Touch, Sketch Club is an amazing app, honestly the best I have found for any touch-screen devices. Unfortunately, it is only for iPad and iPod Touch..
It has its own community, extremely helpful and supportive users, and the creator is very active in the community as well.

app.sketchclub.com/

It has Bluetooth connectivity for anyone who prefers using a stylus with sensitivity.
(I would personally recommend the Adonit Jot Touch pen, or nearly anything Jot, really..)
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CrispyLettuce Featured By Owner Edited Aug 20, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Edit: A correction. The reason you can get Photoshop CS2 for free is because a few years ago Adobe stopped running their activation servers for CS2. It is incredibly easy to find through google and Adobe seems to be neither encouraging nor discouraging people from getting it. So, it's not the same as them just giving it away, more like them just leaving it in the trash and letting you take it if you want it. ;p Sorry if I misinformed anyone.

Photoshop has always been go-to digital program! It can do almost anything you want it to. The only thing that I dislike about it, is the lack of painterly features built in and the primitive animation timeline (C'mon guys, you OWN Flash, it's right there. Just copy Flash's timeline!). You can still get a painterly result of course, but it's often easier to just use Sai or something. I used to do a lot of sketching and cell shading in PS. I say "used to" because my tablet's been acting up, so lately I've switched over to Sai (My second go-to program) for sketching.

I tried Krita too and it left an overall good impression on me. But my computer sucks, so a lot of the brushes lag behind my cursor. *sad face* I'd like to use it more when I eventually upgrade my computer.

I can't even touch Gimp! Not because it's a bad program, but just because I'm used to Photoshop. It's irritating going from one to the other.
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Summer-Lynx Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Could you link where I can find the Photoshop cs2 for free?
 
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CrispyLettuce Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Student Digital Artist
There are many places, you'll have to ask google. Also, I made a correction to my original comment which you might want to read.
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Summer-Lynx Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Ah I see that, thank you for clarifying!
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Mtn-Man Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015   General Artist
Awesome Awesome! I'm currently working with Sketchbook Pro from Autodesk. Its a very powerful program and runs a lot like you'd expect anything that's slightly around the Photoshop feel would run.

Pros: Quick Keys, there are none really. A lot of what you're use to doing with a quick key can be accomplished by a pen flick while pressing a button on either your stylus or tablet, depending on how you have your presets set up. This is meant to make the program quicker and more of a one handed task. Only key I really use on my keyboard is [space] and [Ctrl+z]. Also, I like the image and canvas sizing abilities. It allows for easy re-sizing or your piece without loosing out on too much detail and keep a clean over all image. Another big pro for a lot of people would be the Copic preset tools and colors. There are A TON of swatches that you'd find as marker set for Copic colored marker sets. 

Cons: Quick Keys, there are none really. Yes, I know I listed this as a pro, but quick keys are something of a personal preference so it could really go either way. Photoshop users may really enjoy and be familiar using quick keys, so taking it away might be a bit harder to cope with. Like I said though, there are a few quick keys, but just not as extensive as some other art platforms out there. Also another big con in my opinion would be that you can only have one canvas open at a time. I'm usually working on several pieces at once. Once I get tired with one, or hit a wall in my work, I switch over to another piece of work. I also like to draw objects on black canvas and then import them into a piece I'm working on just to keep the image clear and free from clutter. 

On another note, I also use Photoshop CC 2014 as well as Manga Studio EX 5 and 4, but frankly I prefer 4. Photoshop is by far the 'go to' for a lot of just general use digital work and small fixes. Its super easy to use and a great tool that I've come to depend on for touch ups to my traditional work as well as all of my digital sketches for the most part. Manga Studio however is essential, in my opinion, for someone who like to Ink. There is one brush in both Manga studio 4 & 5 called Maru, and it is hands down the best inking brush that I have ever used which replicates what I do with an ink quill. 

As for the other programs, I fiddled with Paint Tool SAI but I can't say I found it too much more helpful or easier then any of the other programs that I'm currently using, including Sketchbook which I just picked up last month. Though obviously the fact that its free is a big plus to artists on tighter and more conservative budgets. So with that fact alone, I gotta give it props. 

Well that's about all I got on this, I'm more of a quill and ink guy anywho ;P. However, awesome article, it was a fun little read, and I love all of the other users comments, always nice to hear from the community to get good perspective. 
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wyspier Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Great article. I use Sketchbook Pro, excellent piece of software for a modest price too. Also has a beginner friendly UI which surprised me. Also photoshop (adobe) has their subscription pricing now, not everyone's taste but it sure is cheaper than it used to be. Again superb article.
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Ashentar Featured By Owner Edited Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I have been using CLIP STUDIO PAINT ever since 2013.  I will strongly recommend it to others, and as of right now, the main art program I use.  The program does end up having quirks, currently it crashes if you load up your canvas with too many 3D objects or models.  However, CELSYS listens and gives their user base what they want, which is good.  I think in an upcoming update, for the Japanese version that is, you can save preferences/options as presets.

Also, you might want to merge Manga Studio 5 with Clip Studio Paint.  From what I understand and how they market it as, CLIP STUDIO PAINT is the original name of the program, and the digital download version of Manga Studio 5.  Manga Studio is the physical disk version of the program and the slowest to be updated.

So... if you want to be up to date, you can buy the Japanese version, however you need to get a fan made English patch.  The English digital download is updated second, and Manga Studio is the last to be updated.  There can be up to 6 months before other versions besides the original are updated.

Hope this information helps~
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espeonlespeon Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I use Corel PaintShop Pro Photo X2 (it's up to version X6 now). It's essentially a knock-off photoshop for a fraction of the price and is fantastic for photo manipulation and holds up for digital art as well. I also enjoy ArtRage Studio 3 but, it's a little too basic in setup for me and fiddling with the brushes is a pain for beginners to fully understand quickly (it took me like over a year of diddling to figure out). ArtRage is pretty much just like any other painting program but it's geared more towards the hobbyist who just wants a bunch of things to mess with and it also offers the option to work with layers and to manipulate every single brush on offer to work such as thinners for paint brushes and how much brush texture you want. It can make some outstanding stuff but it just doesn't work well on Windows 10, at all. I can sketch fine but if I use a watercolor brush too much and too fast (really, any innocent stroking) can crash your program instantly and that's frustrating. Also, I have like 4GB of ram on my computer and an ATI Radeon 6000G series graphics chipset, I could run Adobe Photoshop with an A4 image and frantic fury strokes for FAR LESS virtual memory. ArtRage is like $50. I don't recommend it though, just get PaintTool Sai. Everyone from ComicFury praises that software as a miracle from God.
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Aldecaalfi Featured By Owner Edited Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very informative :D I also listened about FireALpaca and I tried it, the same for GIMP (I hate GIMP),but my favorire is SAI.

Usually I alternate between SAI and Photoshop CC for some things I can't do in SAI.Maybe I'm going to try Krita.
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Saskle Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Student General Artist
I used to draw all my stuff in SAI, but since I got a Macbook, I had to switch to Photoshop. There is no Mac version of SAI. :saddummy:
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cosmichoney Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Ahh ive seen krita before and i was wondering what it was (i thought it was a weird photoshop??)
but this is so helpful and i think sai is my favorite since ive used it for so long
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WindySilver Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I haven't heard of Krita before, but I think I'll give it a try.

I've used Autodesk Sketchbook (free version of it) for my art. It's very good since I need to make sketches before I have any hope of making decent line art. The free version is very lacking but I can deal with it, since I use Gimp (it's kinda difficult, I admit) for some technical things Sketchbook lacks or is bad at. And some layer work since free Sketchbook has only 3 layers. It sucks.
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Crystal-Mint Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Clip Studio Paint and Manga Studio 5 are actually basically the same program, just with different names ;v;
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ChantalIZ Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Student General Artist
ArtRage is another great program, I feel like for traditional artists it is a great program to start moving into digital art with. 
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FracturedEpiphany Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would suggest firealpaca as well, to being a more simplified version of SAI. It has less features but is completely free.
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JMilkyway Featured By Owner Edited Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this!!! Very informative :D SAI Is my favorite but I'm willing to try Krita
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Dianamisu Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Student
You should add that adobe flash is a vector program... So it's good for cartoony looks. Cell shading as it gives smooth lines, BUT no blending! You can't really get soft shading with it. No possibilities of painting
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heySnapDragon Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015
Paint Tool SAI ever... it's awesome, powerful and so easy to use!!! I also use PS to enhance my pictures... ;)
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MadameFuriosa Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015   General Artist
Making a list with these programms is great!!! I use Manga Studio and Clip Studio. I can recommend it to all, who want to draw Mangas! You can find there a lot patterns.

I´ve got a question: You wrote, that KRITA runs slow. Which kind of computer do you have?? I´m thinking about installing the program, but if it´s too slow and don´t want to do this. I had the same problem with GIMP.
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Ashentar Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
In my experience, if you cannot run GIMP smoothly, don't try Krita.  Krita is a resource sucking monster and will leave you with no memory to do little else if you can do anything else at all.
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MadameFuriosa Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015   General Artist
Do you have a recommendation, which program should I use (in except of photoshop ;))? I´m especially interested in some, which are good for coloring.
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Ashentar Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
A free one?
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MadameFuriosa Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015   General Artist
That doesn´t matter. It shouldn´t cost too much :3
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Ashentar Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
There's Firealpaca or Medibang paint pro.  They are both free and very similar with a simple interface.

There are other programs that offer free trial like Clip Studio Paint, Open Canvas, and Corel Painter.  My overall recommendation is Clip Studio Paint, the Pro version at least, but it can be expensive.
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MadameFuriosa Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015   General Artist
Thank you for answering my questions :)! I´ve got Clip Studio, but I´m not happy about it :( I want to color my artworks in a oilpainting style and that doesn´t work so well with Clip Studio.
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Ashentar Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
If it is realistic mediums, try Corel Painter.  It can do realistic watercolor and oil paints, however, it takes awhile to learn.
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SteveHeggenAquarelle Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
For me, it's gimp...
Because for a begginer like me, I guess it's the easiest app... 
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HellMagik666 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Student Digital Artist
where can i get the forever trail version of paint tool sai?
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