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Old 01-12-2006, 06:27 AM   #1
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Can someone recommend a good art program for me? I'm looking for something I can use to create backgrounds from scratch, preferably free. For the record, I love MS Paint although it's functionality is limited, and dislike photoshop for starting stuff from scratch, especially the irritating layer function and the fact I can't seem to get it to make a simple white background transparent when pasting.
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Can someone recommend a good art program for me? I'm looking for something I can use to create backgrounds from scratch, preferably free. For the record, I love MS Paint although it's functionality is limited, and dislike photoshop for starting stuff from scratch, especially the irritating layer function and the fact I can't seem to get it to make a simple white background transparent when pasting.
A vectory Program could be an idea, then you wouldnt have to wory about the white as being transparent when moving something.
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Old 01-12-2006, 09:03 AM   #3
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You can use stuff like Flash, or Illustrator. But Photoshop pays off if you just take a little bit of time to learn it.
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I'm not familiar with it myself, but my cousin says Project Dogwaffle is really good. The free version has limited funcionality, but you can still do way more with it than with paint.
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Old 01-17-2006, 04:00 AM   #5
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Artrage is free as well as straightforward and easy to use. Give it a go, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised:

http://www.ambientdesign.com/artrage.html

If you want free vector graphics, try Inkscape:

http://inkscape.org

Oh, if you want to get "serious" about painting on a computer, a Wacom Intuos is almost a must have
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A wacom cintiq would be even better

But they are awfuly expensive
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Checka out this thread on the AGS forums.
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Old 01-17-2006, 12:08 PM   #8
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Why don't you try the OGL and practically freeware GIMP?

Take a look here
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Photoshop is by far the most powerful and fastest way to do anything with pictures. I'd only reccomend it if you have a fairly fast computer though.

Download the lastest Photoshop trial, then google search for a way to trial it forever if you know what I mean.
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OM!! I'm tellin!
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You know the world is the best when you've got open-source vector programs, open-source paint programs and open-source 3D programs. Who the f*ck needs pirated software anymore?!
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...and dislike photoshop for starting stuff from scratch, especially the irritating layer function and the fact I can't seem to get it to make a simple white background transparent when pasting.
Try Photoshop 4, it's ease to use, small and fast.
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And you might be interested in the tutorials posted by the creators of "Apprentice". Check them out here
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You know the world is the best when you've got open-source vector programs, open-source paint programs and open-source 3D programs. Who the f*ck needs pirated software anymore?!
Open source programs are clumsy and awkward (their user interfaces designed by a hodge-podge collection of geeky programmers), stuffed with strange features created only to meet the needs of those writing the programs (not those using them), and they crash about twenty times as often as their commercial counterparts (when they run at all).

If you want to get work done, go with Photoshop or even Paint Shop Pro (bloated and slow as it is). If you're too broke to afford them, you can give Inkscape or the GIMP a try.
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GIMP is open source actually
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GIMP is open source actually
Yes, and so is Inkscape. That's why I recommend them only if you can't afford real programs (as a last resort).
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Old 01-26-2006, 06:22 PM   #17
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Although it's a bit mean, I see what Yoda's saying about open source...
I think I'll probably end up hand-drawing, scanning, and colouring with photoshop.
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That's what I'd do, if I had a scanner...
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Open source programs are clumsy and awkward (their user interfaces designed by a hodge-podge collection of geeky programmers), stuffed with strange features created only to meet the needs of those writing the programs (not those using them), and they crash about twenty times as often as their commercial counterparts (when they run at all).
Yes. Just look at Firefox. World's most unsafe, unstable and unusable web-browser..
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