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digital artists- what program do you use?
Kristen Gudsnuk at 1:20PM, Dec. 1, 2006
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Just curious. Someone told me that Photoshop is best for editing photos and not for making comics, and that there's another program that Real Graphic Artists use. But they didn't know what program that was, per se.
I remember reading somewhere in Hawk's comic that he uses Flash or something, but that confused me @_@ because I could've sworn that Flash was for little movies or something.

So what do YOU all find to be the best program for webcomics?
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Kxela at 5:27PM, Dec. 1, 2006
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well there's Corel Painter i dunno anyone who uses that, i use photoshop for my comics. then there's flash and paint i guess.
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Mega Josh at 8:19PM, Dec. 1, 2006
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Well, I just use photoshop. That's pretty much all I use.
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Terminal at 8:32PM, Dec. 1, 2006
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I use Arcsoft PhotoStudio.
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ccs1989 at 7:54AM, Dec. 2, 2006
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Photoshop is widely considered to be the best, although it can be used with many other programs to get different results. The wide majority of professional graphic digital artists and comic makers use Photoshop.
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strong414bad at 11:31AM, Dec. 2, 2006
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I use paint for my comics, but for photo editing I use a really old version of paint shop pro. Both of which I already had and didn't have to pay for.

I'm cheap.
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Aeon at 11:41AM, Dec. 2, 2006
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Kxela
well there's Corel Painter i dunno anyone who uses that, i use photoshop for my comics. then there's flash and paint i guess.

*sniff* I use Painter.
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Kxela at 2:55PM, Dec. 2, 2006
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well there's Corel Painter i dunno anyone who uses that, i use photoshop for my comics. then there's flash and paint i guess.

*sniff* I use Painter.

well there ^^ there are people who use it :D
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ozoneocean at 3:57PM, Dec. 2, 2006
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Kristen Gudsnuk
Just curious. Someone told me that Photoshop is best for editing photos and not for making comics, and that there's another program that Real Graphic Artists use. But they didn't know what program that was, per se.
I remember reading somewhere in Hawk's comic that he uses Flash or something, but that confused me @_@ because I could've sworn that Flash was for little movies or something.

So what do YOU all find to be the best program for webcomics?
Different programs do different things… Some do pretty much the same things.
Flash is a very simple program. It's great for doing online movies with small file sizes, and these can be made very complicated, it's also great for websites and even making semi-complicated programs with massive amounts of content.
It's also good as a VECTOR drawing program, but it is very basic.

Vector drawing/Illustration/Layout programs are what graphic designers use most. Flash can perform the fuction of a simple vector skecthing tool, with some special effects like gradients and such. Other popular Illustration tools include Freehand, Illustrator, and Corel Draw.
More layout oriented tools are things like Quark express and Adobe InDesign. These are also the stock-in-trade of Graphic Designers.

There are also a lot of powerful photoediting tools that can be turned to MANY functions. Graphic designers will of course use those as well, but since GD's mostly deal with text, their primary editing programs will always be the Illustration ones.
They include things like Photoshop, GIMP and various others.

Lastly, there are painting programs that specialise in achieving realistic paint effects, usually with Tablets. Many people use these and achieve great results with them.

Personally, I prefer Photoshop.
 
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Kristen Gudsnuk at 5:52PM, Dec. 2, 2006
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wow, that was illuminating! thanks ozone!
and HEY I KNOW QUARK!!!! We used that for the school newspaper.. “Gael Winds”… good times, good times. ^,^
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KC3Tlifevirus at 7:24PM, Dec. 2, 2006
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I use the good old Fo-To-Shahp.

And by old, I mean literally. I only have Photoshop Elements 3.0. However, for boxes, speech bubbles and other such necessary vectors, I use Paint Shop Pro 7 for that area (that hardly says anything about the program, though).
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subcultured at 7:59PM, Dec. 2, 2006
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if you want a real traditional looking digital art, you should try painter…sometime ps comes off too sterile (perfect) in the finish product
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ShadowsMyst at 11:10AM, Dec. 5, 2006
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As a Graphic Designer ( it is my primary way of getting money to do things like eat ), I use:

Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Indesign
Quark Xpress
Adobe Acrobat

Photoshop is good for doing pixel based editing. Like manipulating photos, coloring, painting, yada. It has some vector tools, but they are kind of weak compared to Illustrator. Illustrator CS2's new smart trace is the bomb. If i'm going to be doing vector work, I always do it in Illustrator. Flash just isn't quite powerful enough for what I do. Although I did futz around with Freehand for a bit. But Adobe bought that a while ago. For layout (brochures, posters, fliers, and yes, even comics if I was going to print them on paper professionally) I would go to a layout program like Indesign or Quark. Photoshop's handling of fonts is kind of clumsy compared to Illustrator or Indesign. And Indesign has better tools for layout. It can even do on the fly transparency and dropshadows now.

For comics however, Photoshop's digital inking capacity is severely lacking compared to say Painter, Mangastudio, or Comic works. Even Opencanvas is better for control and smoothness of the lines. If you want an even more ‘clean’ look, Illustrator is the uber, but Flash can also work. I personally don't like the highly vectored look, but it has some advantages in terms of size, clarity, resolution, and in some cases ease of coloring.

Really, I think people should go with whatever they like working with the most. Fortunately for online comics, there is no such thing as an ‘industry standard’.

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SarahN at 11:43AM, Dec. 5, 2006
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Paint Shop Pro 9….Photoshop's evil twin.

……reeallllyyy need to get something else.
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Aurora Moon at 7:12PM, Dec. 5, 2006
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I use manga studio and Photoshop.
I'm on hitatus while I redo one of my webcomics. Be sure to check it out when I'n done! :)
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LIZARD_B1TE at 3:05PM, Dec. 7, 2006
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MS Paint mostly. Occasionally, I use GIMPshop for special effects like fire and stuff like that. But my comics are predominantly MS Paint.
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gigatwo at 6:48PM, Dec. 7, 2006
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I use the GIMP. It's an excellent program and is often underated, but it still has it's flaws. As far as vector work goes, I'm planning on purchasing Xara Xtreme; There's no gradient mesh tool, but it operates a lot faster than illustrator. It's also only 40 bucks, so yeah.

The GIMP can be used professionally in some areas (AKA. Web design), but certain aspects still need to be worked on in the printing area. (There is a plugin for saving in CMYK .tiff files, but I haven't tried it yet.)

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sandy at 11:13PM, Dec. 11, 2006
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Paint shop pro all the way baby. Works kinda like photoshop but less expensive.
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mechanical_lullaby at 2:52AM, Dec. 12, 2006
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Krensada at 3:31AM, Dec. 14, 2006
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LowResAtari at 8:45PM, Dec. 18, 2006
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Macromedia Fireworks MX 8


…shame the program got bought and then discontinued by Adobe >_>
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Eunice P at 8:55PM, Dec. 18, 2006
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I've seen people doing impressive artworks with Potatoshop alone. And my avatar is actually colored with Potatoshop.
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acadia at 12:08AM, Dec. 19, 2006
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photoshop. it wins.

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sanguemdeus at 7:40PM, Dec. 19, 2006
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I use Photoshop CS2.
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Avid at 5:09AM, Dec. 28, 2006
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I use Photoshop and Open Canvas.
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Piscareous at 11:44PM, Dec. 28, 2006
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I used photoshop CS2 before my trial ran out. I'll be using it again once I buy it.
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Eirikr at 7:20PM, Jan. 1, 2007
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I use a combo. of PhotoImpression(which sucks but I like to adjust contrast and crop w/ it), photoshop, inkscape, and GIMP. All this to heavily edit a hand drawn picture.
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finalfantasyfreak_07 at 11:47AM, Jan. 10, 2007
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.o. Photoshop for colored art, and Comicworks for manga-style art, due to the fact it has screentone. Yay, screentone! <3
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Glarg at 4:23PM, Jan. 12, 2007
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MS paint for my drawings, and corel paintshop pro X for the backrounds, the words, ect.
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Hawk at 11:16PM, Jan. 15, 2007
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Macromedia Flash MX for my inking and coloring.
Photoshop CS for for the panels, text, bubbles, and backgrounds.
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