Recommended Art Softwares

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  1. Archeia

    Archeia Level 99 Demi-fiend Staff Member Developer

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    Digital Art
    - Used for general art. Things like illustrations, game art and so on.

    Free:

    • Krita - 100% Free. Very close to Photoshop/Clip Paint Studio.
    • Medibang Paint - Free and I believe is recommended by Shonen Jump!
    • GIMP - almost like Photoshop but not very user friendly.
    • Paint.Net - successor to MS Paint with extensions and such.
    Paid:
    Pixel Art
    Each individual pixel should have been worked over by your hand. This means no filters, anti-aliased brushes, gradient fills, blend mode overlays, automated color indexing, Frankenstein pixels, compression artifacts, etc. It usually does not exceed 64 palette colors. Gameplay mock-ups must not exceed 256 palette colors. Pieces approaching these limits are usually scrutinized for purity.

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    Did u just listed SAI in free list for pixel art and paid in digital art? :thonkang:
     
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    Argh! Aseprite! Recommended for RPGMaker MV drawing too?!
     
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    Archeia Level 99 Demi-fiend Staff Member Developer

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    Woops accident.

    you lost me
     
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    Awww this thread is really useful. Hope you update it as tech goes! ^^
     
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    Amysaurus Digital Artist Veteran

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    Really nice list! I've used a lot of these, and they're all great. :smile:

    I'll just add that I use Clip Studio Paint for pixel art as well. Turn the anti-aliasing off on the pen tools, and you're good to go.^^
     
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    Pretty accurate. I hear FireAlpaca is pretty good for digital art too. Sort of like SAI.
     
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    I'm very far from being a specialist but I couldn't recommend enough Aseprite for spriting as it got a lot of feature, easily accessible and understandable and is constantly updated : I started to learn with it and I had the most fun.
    It's main grudge, against Pyxel Edit notably, is a lack of proper Tileset management but It's in the cart.
    Pyxel Edit, by the way, is also a good choice but I heard the dev' struggle to update because he work on it in his free time, and he don't have a lot !
    GraphicGale...WAS the best but I dropped it because of the impossibility of using the mouse scroll or drag.
    GIMP...need to be completely setup before doing anything serious.

    As I wish to learn drawing : I learned about Krita and it seem very solid for a drawing experience and has good synergy for tablet user but still lack a bit of visibility.
    Medibang...looks like the interface arrangement #2 of Krita (or probably the reverse) and I don't see a particular change except for Android support.
    Clip Studio : I simply don't understand half of te retail page and is probably more for the big shot and would be wasted in the hand of beginner like me (unless the soft take their hand and help them improve), 'seem to have a HUGE amount of helpfull feature though...
     
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    I'd recommend ProCreate for iOS if you have a (somewhat) new iPAD. It's the only thing I use at the moment and I love it.

    It's a paid software but not that expensive, really. What's expensive is the iPAD itself (and maybe the ApplePen... if you want that). Still, probably one of the better and cheaper (portable!) setups for being able to draw directly on the screen, which if you've ever tried it, makes it hard to go back to having a cheap pen tablet on the side while staring on a separate screen.
     
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    Autodesk Sketchbook (available through Windows and Android, at least) is now completely free. A person just needs an account.
     
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    I'm going to recommend two Android apps if you like to sketch on the go and work on them when you get home Artflow and 'ibis paint' are really good ibis paint can now save in Clip studio format and save to cloud so you can pick up where you left off with all the layers intact.
     
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    An unlikely suggestion: Blender the free 3d software.
    Blender can display in orthographic projection, which reduces a lot of the guesswork if you're like me and sometimes struggle visualizing certain complex shapes in topdown view.
    So if one wanted to make assets that were different rotations of say a car and wished to maintain consistent measurements: they could model it, rotate it however, maybe even do some color & shadow stuff, screen capture/output the ortho display, and paste it into whatever 2d software to edit from there.
     
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    Gimp, Krita and PyxelEdit!
    (Still love my old Photoshop but not the rent as you use one and it is a wee bit bloating now.)
     
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    I've seen released on steam along with a similar product called Sprite stack which you can use to make 3d models out of layers of pixels or use a voxel file and render it as a 2d pixel Sprite I'm wondering if anyone has used it and what kind of experience/results theyhad?
     
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