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Question What program to start out with for digital drawing?

Discussion in 'Game Design' started by diaoke, Nov 4, 2023.

  1. diaoke

    diaoke

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    As someone looking to get into digital art (drawing/painting in general) I've read up a lot about Photoshop, Krita, Clip Studio Paint, Medibang... like this: https://pctechtest.com/20-best-digital-art-drawing-software , but still can't settle for any one of them.

    Right now Krita and CSP seem to be the more likely contenders, but I remain undecided. Money is not a problem so I'd like to go for the best one.

    So, which one do you use? What are the pros and cons between them? Any general tips for a beginner are always welcome too ofcourse.
     
  2. ChaosDawgGames

    ChaosDawgGames

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    Nothing wrong in trying out free software to get to grips with computer design.
    The Adobe software, like a lot of the paid for software is very sophisticated - I'll grant you that, but try
    Gimp II, Inkscape and FireAlpaca first - all free.
     
  3. kdgalla

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    I recently started using Affinity. It's pretty good, but I don't really have enough experience with competing apps (i.e. Clip Studio) to say whether it's better or not.

    One thing I do recommend is to NOT buy CorelDraw suite. It used to be a cheaper alternative to Photoshop back in the old days, but now it's just overly expensive for very basic functionality that feels like it's stuck in 2003.
     
  4. ChaosDawgGames

    ChaosDawgGames

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    CorelDraw. I remember getting a free version of that as a cover disk on a PC mag back in the 90s. I used it for years. No need to uodate, rebuy, rent. Just loaded it onto my desk top and used it. I was using it so long I had no idea how much things had moved on, It's a bit like having a washing machine from the 50s that never broke - so you never replaced it and having no idea what modern machines were doing.
     
  5. spiney199

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    Start with the free tools first, like Kirta: https://krita.org/en/

    No point paying for anything without knowing whether you enjoy actually doing it or not.
     
  6. BrandyStarbrite

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    You can try Krita or another one called Gimp. I do some of my digital drawings and art in Gimp, which is similar to photoshop. But Krita is really good too.
     
  7. AcidArrow

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