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March 23rd, 2010, 3:12 PM
What's the best graphic arts programs that you use to create your awesome Pokemon characters? I'm curious because right now I have a decent one on my laptop but I haven't had time to fix it. I use Photoscape at the mo' but if anyone has a better reccomendation out there for me please do tell and give me some information on it. I am thinking of designing my own Pokemon binder for my trading cards when I start back up.

March 23rd, 2010, 11:08 PM
Easy Paint Tool Sai is relatively cheap and actually just a fantastic program.
If you want a free one i think most people use GIMP but i've never had it so i can't say much for how good/bad it is.

good luck and i hope that helps!

March 24th, 2010, 5:41 AM
If you want pay, buy photoshop and you can do everything you need to.
And if you want free program use GIMP. It should be like protoshop with fewer options.

March 24th, 2010, 7:26 AM
I use to always use Paint Shop Pro, then I moved onto Photoshop because that's the one they always use at University and I thought it was probably important to get some practice with it. It's a bit expensive though, I got myself a student edition so it was okay.

Okami Chi
March 24th, 2010, 7:35 AM
I use Photoshop, but if you don't got a lot of cash use Picasa. It's free, fun, and good. I also use Fireworks.


March 26th, 2010, 4:59 PM

or gimp if ur poorz

March 27th, 2010, 1:10 PM
Personally I use MSPaint, Photoshop CS2, paint.NET(program name not website name), Gimp, and Graphics gale. All of them have their own pros and cons so experiment and see what ones you like better.

March 27th, 2010, 2:32 PM
I have GIMP which is fun for making banners/icons, and I have Photoshop elements, because it came with my tablet, so I'm not going to complain.

I have to admit, I pirated a copy of Photoshop CS4 but it didn't work because the serial key ran out or something, but I got to mess around with for a little bit, and it is by far the superior Photo-editing/graphic production program. If you have ~$800.

I reccomend GIMP to anyone who is looking to make banners/icons/graphics in general, unless you have $800 in spare change.

March 27th, 2010, 7:13 PM
Ya, most people have already answered your question but everyone seems to be recommending GIMP as a free program. But another good one is Paint.Net. That's the one I use and it works great. I also find it easier to understand then GIMP, but that's just me.

March 29th, 2010, 1:13 PM
I've been using Corel Painter X for a lot of my artwork. It's got a lot of awesome brushes and simulates traditional media pretty reasonably.
I've heard great things about Art Rage though. I'm probably going to get a copy once I can afford it.

March 29th, 2010, 4:38 PM
Paint Tool SAI is an excellent program. If you take the time to learn how to use it, [which should really only take an hour or two, depending on how much you want to learn] you could create excellent works with it.

Good luck.

March 30th, 2010, 2:43 PM
For spriting I use just MSPaint, which works very nicely.For my drawings I use PhotoShop Elements 6.0 which comes with the Bamboo Fun Wacom Tablet.

March 30th, 2010, 4:36 PM
Pixels/Sprites = Paint or GIMP
Traditional-esque = Corel Painter, or Photoshop with a tablet
Vector Graphics = Photoshop or Illustrator
3D Models = 3D Studio Max or Maya WITH photoshop

so you can see that overall... Photoshop wins XD