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Demu
08-24-2012, 03:27 PM
We all use various art programs. I thought I would list them all here! Share any that you use and I'll add them!

I'll start with a few that I know off the top of my head. I've used so many over the years I forgot most of them haha.

General

Photoshop - http://www.photoshop.com/
Paint Tool SAI - http://systemax.jp/en/sai/
Paint Tool SAI 2 - https://www.systemax.jp/en/sai/devdept.html
CLIP STUDIO PAINT - https://www.clipstudio.net/en
Paint.NET - http://paint.net/
Corel Painter - http://www.corel.com/corel/product/index.jsp?pid=prod4030123
SketchBook Pro - http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/pc/index?id=6848332&siteID=123112
Krita - https://krita.org/en/
Artrage - http://www.artrage.com/
Oekaki - Various art boards.
FireAlpaca - http://firealpaca.com/
openCanvas 1.1 (Network) - http://wistinga.online.fr/opencanvas/
openCanvas - http://www.portalgraphics.net/en/
MyPaint - http://mypaint.intilinux.com/
GIMP - http://www.gimp.org/
Artweaver - http://artweaver.de/
PaintShop Pro - http://www.corel.com/corel/product/index.jsp?pid=prod4900067
MediBang Paint - https://medibangpaint.com/en/


Animation

GraphicsGale - http://www.humanbalance.net/gale/us/
EZToon - http://www.truploader.com/view/009556
ToonBoom - http://beta.toonboom.com/
Flash - http://www.adobe.com/products/flash.html
Vectorian Giotto - http://vectorian.com/giotto/ (Discontinued? Link doesn't work.)


Vector

Illustrator - http://www.adobe.com/products/illustrator.html
Inkscape - http://inkscape.org/
CorelDraw - http://www.corel.com/corel/product/index.jsp?pid=prod4260069&cid=catalog20038&segid=5700006&storeKey=us&languageCode=en
Xara X - http://www.xara.com/us/


Design

Scribus - https://www.scribus.net/
InDesign - https://www.adobe.com/products/indesign.html


3D

Maya - http://usa.autodesk.com/maya/
3DSMax - http://usa.autodesk.com/3ds-max/
ZBrush- http://www.pixologic.com/zbrush/
Mudbox - http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/pc/index?id=13565063&siteID=123112
Blender - http://www.blender.org/download/get-blender/
SoftImage - http://www.autodesk.com/softimage
Lightwave - https://www.lightwave3d.com/
Marmoset - http://www.marmoset.co/
Unreal Development Kit - http://www.unrealengine.com/udk/
Unity - http://unity3d.com/
CrazyBump - http://www.crazybump.com/
xNormal - http://www.xnormal.net/1.aspx


Messenger

Tegaki Messenger - (DISCONTINUED)
If you find any new art messengers please let me know!


Collaboration

iScribble - http://www.iscribble.net/

Tiger
08-24-2012, 04:17 PM
Oekaki!

http://www.booekaki.com/oekaki/draw.php

PaintBBS (aka NoteBBS), ShiPainter, ShiPainterPro, and Chibi Paint. (no more OekakiBBS though).

Demu
08-24-2012, 05:01 PM
Oh yes Oekaki!! HOW COULD I FORGET ABOUT THAT it was a huge part of my life for a long time back on ChipZ's Oekaki. xD

Axiom
08-24-2012, 05:02 PM
Don't forget vector art programs like Illustrator.

Tiger
08-24-2012, 05:40 PM
Oh yes Oekaki!! HOW COULD I FORGET ABOUT THAT it was a huge part of my life for a long time back on ChipZ's Oekaki. xD

:O You drew at ChipZ's oekaki? I remember when she made that. I was an admin on SRON for years. And then there was HHQ, and now I own BOO but after a domain name mess-up there's really no one left on it :c

hotboychina
08-24-2012, 06:09 PM
flash
and toonboom (http://beta.toonboom.com/)

Demu
08-24-2012, 07:04 PM
:O You drew at ChipZ's oekaki? I remember when she made that. I was an admin on SRON for years. And then there was HHQ, and now I own BOO but after a domain name mess-up there's really no one left on it :c

Yeah, I'm a really good friend of ChipZ. <3 Oekaki has always been so fun for me. I'm sad that it died out. I think that's partially because they never updated the app to have more features and never gave it an updated design.

I remember HHQ as well. I hosted their oekaki for awhile before they moved out on her own. At least I think I did, if it was Ham-Ham HQ or whatever it was called. xD

Kasune
08-24-2012, 11:37 PM
Add FireAlpaca! It's very similar to SAI, even has the stabilizer. A good SAI alternative for MAC users.
http://firealpaca.com/

Tiger
08-25-2012, 12:53 AM
Yeah, I'm a really good friend of ChipZ. <3 Oekaki has always been so fun for me. I'm sad that it died out. I think that's partially because they never updated the app to have more features and never gave it an updated design.

I remember HHQ as well. I hosted their oekaki for awhile before they moved out on her own. At least I think I did, if it was Ham-Ham HQ or whatever it was called. xD

Actually Waccoon did a pretty significant update recently, fixed up some glitches and improved security. And yep, Hamstar Headquarters, HHQ. I once tried to get it put back together but Steph never responded to my message, so I'm sad that HHQ is pretty much gone :c

Axiom
08-25-2012, 02:13 AM
Oh also opencanvas 1- whatever they're at now for general art program.

Kazekai
08-25-2012, 03:16 AM
Isn't there already a resources thread?

Fiz
08-25-2012, 01:09 PM
Isn't there already a resources thread?

The resource thread is more like books, tools, reference guides, etc.

Demu
08-26-2012, 04:14 PM
Add FireAlpaca! It's very similar to SAI, even has the stabilizer. A good SAI alternative for MAC users.
http://firealpaca.com/

OH GOSH I actually had that in my first draft of the list. OOPS. Sorry about that! Added.

Demu
08-30-2012, 06:26 PM
Added Tegaki Messenger. It's a really nice program AND YOU SHOULD ALL USE IT WITH ME.

Oops I didn't expect that to be a double post. SORRY.

Kazekai
09-03-2012, 08:07 AM
http://vectorian.com/giotto/

Add this to animation - easy and free, makes Flash fun and relevant to people who can actually draw and not programmers.

Mess1ah
09-16-2012, 10:00 PM
I think you should also include a list of websites that also allows drawing with other people in groups. I know iScribble (http://www.iscribble.net/) is one of them. :)

GingerM
09-17-2012, 01:17 AM
Also PaintShop Pro. It used to be a JASC product (version 7, which was Windows 3.1 vintage - and I'm still using it), and now a Corel product. I think they're up to version 14 or the like?

VHShead
09-22-2012, 04:26 AM
Maybe you could add GIMP (http://www.gimp.org/) and Artweaver (http://artweaver.de/) as well in general. (:

Demu
09-29-2012, 01:47 PM
Added all the ones I got since I last checked! Enjoy!

Thestory
09-29-2012, 05:05 PM
Don't forget all the modelers out there. Plus basic 3D does wonders for more 2D mediums if you know how to paint over it. There are Maya, 3DSMax, Z-brush, and Mudbox.

Oly
09-29-2012, 05:36 PM
Don't forget all the modelers out there. Plus basic 3D does wonders for more 2D mediums if you know how to paint over it. There are Maya, 3DSMax, Z-brush, and Mudbox.

AND BLENDER!!!

Not always the easiest to use and it's kinda under renovations right now as it were, but it is fully capable of EVERYTHING that pro commercial programs can do.

also omfg i didn't know there was a tegaki messenger i gotta get ON that shit

Demu
09-29-2012, 08:14 PM
Added Maya, 3dsMax, ZBrush, Mudbox, and Blender in a new "3D" category.

Keep 'em comin'!

Thestory
09-29-2012, 09:28 PM
Forgot to mention SketchBookPro and CorelPainter. Also some good programs for painting.

Tiger
09-29-2012, 10:28 PM
Really loving this thread, Demu. Lots of great resources. List looks great! I recognize a lot but there are some that I might dabble in. Very good idea for a thread c:

Taw
10-05-2012, 03:27 PM
For 3D you can add the following programs:

-SoftImage (one of the more popular ones used in the game industry, though Maya is most popular as far as I know! http://www.autodesk.com/softimage)
-Lightwave (https://www.lightwave3d.com/)
-Marmoset (http://www.marmoset.co/)
-Unreal Development Kit (http://www.unrealengine.com/udk/)
-Unity (http://unity3d.com/)
-CrazyBump (not sure if it counts - basically it's a program that makes bump maps/normal maps off existing textures for your models, and allows you to tweak just how much depth there is, and which direction, how hard/soft, etc. http://www.crazybump.com/ )
-xNormal (sort of like CrazyBump, with AO/Displacement maps as well and such. http://www.xnormal.net/1.aspx)

Zalcoti
10-06-2012, 05:35 PM
Not sure if this was mentioned, but don't forget about Corel Painter and Sketchbook Pro!

Demu
10-07-2012, 02:00 PM
Forgot to mention SketchBookPro and CorelPainter. Also some good programs for painting.

Not sure if this was mentioned, but don't forget about Corel Painter and Sketchbook Pro!

For 3D you can add the following programs...

Added all of these!

Lintu
10-12-2012, 01:11 AM
Haha. I like how it says "boomtoon" instead of "toonboom". Typo? :')

Demu
10-14-2012, 01:28 AM
Haha. I like how it says "boomtoon" instead of "toonboom". Typo? :')

W-WHAT TYPO. I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT.

Casually edits.

Dspki
10-15-2012, 02:14 AM
SketchUp (http://www.sketchup.com/intl/en/index.html) seems good for background/3D concepts. Not sure where that will go on the list. o:

Monster
10-22-2012, 08:01 AM
Artmust is a new one, still beta: http://www.61solutions.com/
Check it out :)

Enigmasflame
10-29-2012, 05:43 PM
For the Vector section (and superb for idea generation) I'd like to add Alchemy to the mix. Freeware.

http://al.chemy.org/

Andrew Jones giving a demo of it, while using a synthesizer with mic/type shapes option to distort shapes - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYYSxZZzgjc&feature=related

rbartrop
01-07-2013, 11:07 PM
If you're on a budget, it's hard to beat this. Adobe is releasing a free version of CS2.
http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2013/01/grab-photoshop-and-cs2-for-absolutely-free-right-now/

MapleTerror
03-09-2013, 10:01 PM
I haven't used this in a long time and so far I didn't see any one mention it...
(Windows version can be found by scrolling down to "Version 2.6")

Definitely going to throw this back in my toolbox. http://krita.org/

dixie
05-03-2013, 11:37 AM
Iaza (http://www.iaza.com/index-ln.html) is a good online image editor that can make a selected colour in an image you upload transparent if your art program doesnt have that function; it can also do animation, which is useful for putting together frames of animated icons/pixels for example!

MapleTerror
06-03-2013, 07:26 PM
Speedy Painter 3.0 is nice, light and basic. It also has a few neat features-

SpeedyPainter.org (http://speedypainter.altervista.org/)

AndiGreyScale
01-13-2014, 07:37 PM
How about some Fractal creators?

Apophysis 7x (http://sourceforge.net/projects/apophysis7x/files/Old%20versions/) (Free) I also suggest this one for those new to Fractals.
Chaotica (http://www.chaoticafractals.com/) (Costs $$, has a free version, use along side Apophysis 7x)
JWildFire (http://www.andreas-maschke.com/?page_id=351) (Free)
Ultra Fractal (http://www.ultrafractal.com/download/index.php) (costs $$ after 30 day trial)
Mandelbulber 3D Fractal Explorer (http://mandelbulber.com/) (Free)

Edit:

Incendia - 3D Fractal Engine (http://www.incendia.net/) (Free, donors get a larger resolution and 3D Snowflake generator)

Here's a complete list (http://www.deviantart.com/journal/Fractal-Software-to-Create-Beautiful-Fractals-413501973) of the Fractal creators and what each is capable of, along with additional info.

DeerKnight
01-17-2014, 06:57 PM
aaa this is a great thread, I've always wanted to know other art programs I could use for different things. Thanks you so much!

Ween
01-17-2014, 09:03 PM
If you have an iPad, Procreate (http://www.procreate.si) is by far the best digital art suite you can get.

QT Melon
01-17-2014, 09:53 PM
If you have an iPad, Procreate (http://www.procreate.si) is by far the best digital art suite you can get.

The only problem is that there are certain features you cannot use with older iPads. I was pretty upset about it because I have a JaJa Stylus and couldn't get the latest updates from it anymore.

Ween
01-17-2014, 10:53 PM
The only problem is that there are certain features you cannot use with older iPads. I was pretty upset about it because I have a JaJa Stylus and couldn't get the latest updates from it anymore.

You couldn't update Procreate because of the JaJa?

QT Melon
01-17-2014, 11:00 PM
You couldn't update Procreate because of the JaJa?

No because I have an older iPad.

Ween
01-17-2014, 11:30 PM
No because I have an older iPad.

Oh durr. :3 If it makes you feel any better, the new features are nice, but I don't use them very much. Mostly things like gaussian blur and whatnot. You're not missing out on too much tbh.

Bri Mercedes
01-20-2014, 06:05 PM
I use Manga Studio 5 for most of my illustrations. It's a great painting/inking program and snappier than Photoshop on the ol' laptop. There's only a few things it doesn't do that I've needed Photoshop to fall back on.

QT Melon
01-22-2014, 03:51 AM
This isn't a painting program per say, but related to much needed art tools

http://code.google.com/p/sagethumbs/

Sage thumbs lets you see your PSD thumbnails in your explorer folders again in Windows 7

Rinzy
01-22-2014, 10:57 AM
How is Manga Studio not on the list?

Edit:


I use Manga Studio 5 for most of my illustrations. It's a great painting/inking program and snappier than Photoshop on the ol' laptop. There's only a few things it doesn't do that I've needed Photoshop to fall back on.

Ahah, didn't see that! Maybe I should start checking recent posts first..

But yeah, I've never worked with color in MS. I think the last time I tried was on MS4. Is it better/easier on the newer version? And out of curiosity, do you have any videos of people using it to color? o.o

shnargen
01-24-2014, 12:40 AM
How is Manga Studio not on the list?

Edit:



Ahah, didn't see that! Maybe I should start checking recent posts first..

But yeah, I've never worked with color in MS. I think the last time I tried was on MS4. Is it better/easier on the newer version? And out of curiosity, do you have any videos of people using it to color? o.o
I have MS 5 but I haven't tried 4. As far as I can tell, working with color is great with this program! I read some reviews comparing it to MS4 and they were all saying that it's a huge improvement, and the ability to work with color is hugely improved. I love working with it, it's definitely worth adding to the list

QT Melon
01-24-2014, 03:44 PM
The interface is much better in Manga Studio 5. I think the tools could use more tweaking for coloring. There is something a bit off with them.

Then again I can make some pretty weird brushes in Painter and Sai.

Tiamat
01-25-2014, 06:59 PM
This isn't a painting program per say, but related to much needed art tools

http://code.google.com/p/sagethumbs/

Sage thumbs lets you see your PSD thumbnails in your explorer folders again in Windows 7

That's very handy!

cab0rod
01-29-2014, 06:21 PM
I don't have the time now to take a look at all the forums and first page posts, but this one might be one of my favourites already! Thanks so much for sharing all these programmes! My personal recommendations are Sai, Paint Shop Pro and the GIMP. Especially the last one, since it is a GNU software that it's already for free and can be modified if you have some knowledge. Also it is very competent with filters, effects and doing fancy typographies.

Nattles
02-07-2014, 12:52 AM
YES Manga Studio 5 people!


The interface is much better in Manga Studio 5. I think the tools could use more tweaking for coloring. There is something a bit off with them.

Then again I can make some pretty weird brushes in Painter and Sai.

I agree. I use Frenden brushes for a lot of painting in Manga Studio 5. They're great! The only default tools I really like are the pens and one of the watercolor brushes.

FishNChips
02-09-2014, 01:28 PM
YES Manga Studio 5 people!

I agree. I use Frenden brushes for a lot of painting in Manga Studio 5. They're great! The only default tools I really like are the pens and one of the watercolor brushes.

Even though I have Frenden's brushes, I never actually used them.

I just use my own edits of the out-of-the-box brushes.

But then again I only sketch and don't paint or do any ink work at this point.

But gosh do I love MS5. And I'm saying that after trying Gimp, Sai, Sketchbook Pro, and Photoshop CS6.

QT Melon
02-09-2014, 01:41 PM
YES Manga Studio 5 people!



I agree. I use Frenden brushes for a lot of painting in Manga Studio 5. They're great! The only default tools I really like are the pens and one of the watercolor brushes.

As much as the brush sharer I am, I'd like to learn to make my own brushes that fit more to my style of workflow. Not that I don't have a set of his brushes, but I want to experiment and figure why I'm having trouble with certain brushes.

cab0rod
02-16-2014, 01:45 PM
I've checked it out before posting it, but I'dlike to suggest another program that I'm starting to use and it's very promising but very complex until you get the hang of it: Krita.

Here is the download page along with other details about it: http://krita.org/download

I do recommend it, since it's going to have an updated version exclusive for Steam Software (it's still in Greenlight process) with cloud save, Workshop and those cool extras that I value about Steam.

QT Melon
03-25-2014, 10:07 AM
Verve is an interesting painting program where its main draw is trying to do oil painting simulation.

http://www.taron.de/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=6

It's limited but free and works on Windows. It's only 261k so pretty impressive for a little program

PBO2hNv_tTE

spacerogue
03-25-2014, 10:42 AM
its Manga studio 5 under a different name but still thought I'd mention

http://www.clipstudio.net/en/

avan
04-06-2014, 12:46 PM
Oh hey! Another krita user!

Krita. A thousand times this. I have to say of the free programs I've given a go, Krita was one of the few that just... *worked* without any weird side effects (such as transparency or incorrect adding issues) ruining what I was trying to make.* (aside from a weird glitch initially where using my tablet's pen would cause it to zoom in as far as it could go, but it turned out to be a windows glitch that could be solved by unplugging & replugging in the tablet after booting up). Not only does it just *work* for us, the UI provides a lot of neat options that help streamline our workflow

Shame its not too well known (at least thats how it seems to me) as up until the latest version (2.8), there were no windows-compatible versions. On the other hand, its free and open source, and is out for windows now! As someone using linux and windows, this makes me very happy, since previously GIMP was the only one I had that worked on both platforms.

athdaraxen
04-18-2014, 12:11 AM
The version of SAI that is linked in the OP is full of malware and danger. It just blew up my computer, glad I was able to stop the install. I would not download that SAI.

Moogle
04-18-2014, 01:24 AM
^ I'm reformatting my laptop tomorrow and am just waiting for the rest of my music to transfer over to my pc atm. I'll try the dl out after to see if anything happens and update this post with the results if my laptop hasn't crapped out from it by then. :giggle:

Edit: I could already tell by the first popup that it was fishy, though I went with it anyway. Got some random programs dling while it was installing and it went crazy opening websites. My anti virus didn't detect anything, but I wouldn't dl this version of Sai. Maybe it'd be best if a mod removed it so others won't mistakenly get it?

QT Melon
04-18-2014, 09:09 AM
It's best to get the software from the official site, not a fan site.

http://systemax.jp/en/sai/

Also, it looks like the developer is making Sai 2 which will be 64 bit.
(Japanese only at the moment)

http://systemax.jp/ja/sai/devdept.html

athdaraxen
04-18-2014, 09:24 AM
It's best to get the software from the official site, not a fan site.

http://systemax.jp/en/sai/

Also, it looks like the developer is making Sai 2 which will be 64 bit.
(Japanese only at the moment)

http://systemax.jp/ja/sai/devdept.html

I was going to link that but I was on my phone, thank you. <3
I ca't wait for SAI 2. It look like its going to be epic.

batbot
07-04-2014, 08:48 PM
What about krita? krita.org
it's kind of like a lovechild of photoshop, painter, and SAI (maybe not super explicitly idk)....and it's open source, and freeee. There's a lot of linux distros supported, as well as windows, there's an OSX version but it's still in development.

DarkWolf80s
11-21-2014, 01:12 PM
Just wanted to put this out. I have created two tutorials for Krita and GIMP. They are in depth and mainly talks about how to configure your Wacom tablet to work with the following software. Currently working on another video, a review to be more specific that focuses on the iPad stylus. There is a video up there that demonstrates speed painting process using only figures on the iPad. Cheers!

iPad Speed Paint - No Stylus Fingers only - Sketch Club App - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnuvC4zG2Zg&list=UUB0SjBlq-LGAa6Q2kc7qc0Q&index=9
Krita Tutorial - How to Configure Wacom - Brushes and Workspaces - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v725lrk3ALc&list=UUB0SjBlq-LGAa6Q2kc7qc0Q

GIMP Tutorial - How to Configure your Wacom Tablet and Install Themes on GIMP - Windows - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zG7VXgtDbuY&list=UUB0SjBlq-LGAa6Q2kc7qc0Q&index=7

kynliod
02-26-2016, 12:49 AM
I love Clip Studio Paint. It's pretty much all I use anymore. It's great for those of us who just want to draw.

Mikari
05-16-2016, 12:23 AM
Inkscape and Gimp

Wacha
05-27-2016, 01:26 PM
You could have added Medibang to the list, it has some cool features and a pleasant aesthetic :)

batbot
06-29-2016, 03:49 AM
I really dig Medibang so far, huge step up from FireAlpaca, and ime it's a lot like MangaStudio/ClipStudioPaint! I'm sure they have their specialties but from my use they are fairly identical UI and output.
Medibang is also free but closed source i think?, and you have to see a little ad at start up, but it's not obtrusive and for me it usually is just a blank pop up so...also only windows/mac.

Oh! Not really drawing programs, but I also really like these:
Scribus (https://www.scribus.net/) is a digital layout program a la InDesign; but free, open source, and available for Windows/Mac/Linux! It's what I've been laying out all my zines with for a while (bc my indesign bugged out; and now all my adobe stuff is on a different partition and i need to reinstall it but it's not a huge priority rn) If you're ever needing to make print or pdf books, flyers, etc, it's handy.

Sweet Home 3D (http://www.sweethome3d.com/) is the sims with all the boring sim stuff taken out, hahah! But really, if you like building little model houses/rooms/places so you can get a better sense of space and environment for your characters, this program is really useful. Again, free, open source, and cross-platform. I can't really compare it against SketchUp, as I've never really used it, but imo SH3D is great for having a reference point for your interiors.

Demu
05-30-2018, 06:11 PM
It's been awhile since I've been here but I did a quick skim of this and added new programs to the list and removed some dead links.