What are the best digital painting programs out there?

Join 500,000+ artists on ConceptArt.Org.

Its' free and it takes less than 10 seconds!

Join the #1 Art Workshop - LevelUpJoin Premium Art Workshop

Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Pennsylvania, US
    Posts
    36
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 5 Times in 5 Posts

    What are the best digital painting programs out there?

    Ive been using Photoshop elements 3 for about, three years now and its kind of glitchy. I wanted something to upgrade to that I could use for a long time and have good graphics, and be a program made for illustration.

    Most people ive talked to use Photoshop CS 5 or 6, but that costs a lot and Im still in school, so I cant afford it...( Also cant torrent because I have a mac, and not that tech savvy to use parallels/bootcamp)

    So is there anything legal that is good? Painter x? or is there a sai for mac?
    I dont know what im doing, so any tips would be helpful!

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  


  2. Hide this ad by registering as a member
  3. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Posts
    616
    Thanks
    35
    Thanked 162 Times in 127 Posts
    The best are Photoshop and Painter. Both of these are available as Student Versions and can be puchased at a fraction of the normal retail price. Otherwise, Artrage and Sketchbook Pro are excellent smaller programs but of professional standard.

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  4. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    218
    Thanks
    118
    Thanked 31 Times in 29 Posts
    Artrage is pretty sweet and cheap as chips.

    Check out Gimp, I'm pretty sure it's Mac compatible and freeware. Probs the best of the freeware bunch, SAI is sick, but only Windows to my knowledge.

    Maybe start saving for PS.
    If you're a student, it's cheaper.
    http://www.google.com.au/products/ca...ed=0CEYQ8wIwAg

    www.travismillar.com

    Ever just woken up and gone "shit, does the world around me exist"?
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  5. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    New York
    Posts
    3
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    SketchBook Designer 2013 now replaces SketchBook Pro (sort of).
    When you purchase SketchBook Designer, it comes with the latest version of SketchBook pro and you can decide which one to work when you launch it.
    Designer adds some pretty sweet new features.

    Take me to your leader.
    - Noah: Journey of the Volunteer
    - Comics by Rono
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  6. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Posts
    616
    Thanks
    35
    Thanked 162 Times in 127 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by rono View Post
    When you purchase SketchBook Designer, it comes with the latest version of SketchBook pro
    Well, not exactly. Designer 2013 is packaged with SBPro 5.5, not the latest version, SBPro 6. But I agree, it's a very nice program indeed.

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  7. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Cape Town, South Africa
    Posts
    2,710
    Thanks
    2,942
    Thanked 1,819 Times in 936 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by TheWalkingGhost View Post
    Artrage is pretty sweet and cheap as chips.
    Giving a shout out for Artrage as well. I use it almost exclusively. Best comparable to a
    more stable version of painter, but with less features and brushes. Fantastic user interface.

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  8. #7
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Torrance, CA
    Posts
    6,802
    Thanks
    2,278
    Thanked 4,259 Times in 2,074 Posts
    Well if Mac users and Windows users want to try out new software

    http://firealpaca.com/

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

Members who have read this thread: 3

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •