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The Programs You Work With
Nicotine at 8:11AM, July 1, 2007
posts: 494
joined: 6-18-2007
I don't use too many programs…
1. My brain, to send signals to my hand to draw and ink
2. My scanner
3. Photoshop CS to clean up the lineart, redraw parts I messed up, color, and add text. I have no tablet, so this process takes awhile.
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SteveMyers22 at 12:58AM, July 2, 2007
posts: 300
joined: 6-17-2007
Computer programs I use are my scanner and Adobe CS2 (usually illustrator and photoshop).

Nothing really out of the ordinary there.

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ncbaddwolf at 3:52PM, July 2, 2007
posts: 52
joined: 1-26-2007
I scan in my hand drawn art into Photoshop and clean it up before streamlining & Coloring it in Illustrator and then I do all the other stuff in Comic Life (Panels, word balloons, lettering, sound effects.) Comic Life is a great App. and saves me alot of time.

Help! The Paranoids are after me!
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Storylover at 7:02PM, July 3, 2007
posts: 2
joined: 1-18-2007
I use photo shop 3.0. I think. Before i got that i used gimp becuse it was free but my dad found a spare photoshop at his work. I had been asking for it for a while and wa really happy when i got it. Now i just need to learn how to use it better.
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Blackmoon at 7:21PM, July 3, 2007
posts: 60
joined: 2-24-2006
Photoshop CS3. That's pretty much it.

Well, and paper, scanner, and two kinds of pencils, but those don't really count… not “programs”.
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swisscheese at 3:50PM, July 8, 2007
posts: 81
joined: 1-3-2006
I've used Corel Painter 8, Paint Shop Pro 9, and Photoshop CS2. I've either drawn with the tablet in Painter or scanned in my artwork, then switch back and forth between Painter and Photoshop to use the different tools when shading/coloring. Then I'll drop the frames, speech bubbles, and sepia tone in with Paint Shop Pro and call it done. I'm looking for a quicker way to do it though, as I don't like spending sooo many hours to get “the look,” and would really like to crank out the pages faster than I have been once I get my comic up and running again.
Visit Updated Sundays-ish!
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flyingwind66 at 12:43AM, July 9, 2007
posts: 140
joined: 5-17-2006
I open my scanned image in windows paint to define the panels. Then I do everything else (shading, text, action words blah blah) in photoshop.
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Pixie at 6:05AM, July 9, 2007
posts: 391
joined: 12-16-2006
I work almost entirely digitally these days. I don't bother doing pencils or inks, just go straight to paintwork.

I used to work entirely in Open Canvas 1.1 - for yonks, and made my old comic entirely in that (no pencils then either, lazy me, but at least then I bothered with inks!), and letter in Photoshop. Kinda moved away from lineart since then and into painting, a gradual transition that took place in OC 1.1…

And these days I do everything in Corel Painter 9, because it has fun textures to play with, and the odd bit of other manipulation (and text, usually) in Photoshop still; Painter's fonts are sorely limited. Corel Painter also removes that element of desaturation punyness that OC 1.1 used to suffer from in my hands - and it forces me to work in certain slightly aggressive brave ways, which I think are better working practices. But there y'are. :)

Oh, and for traditional stuffs - I do the odd bit of acrylic painting, occasionally. Not much at the moment, ‘cause I just don’t have the space at home. Sucks to be me. =P And I can never be bothered with pencils because scanners are annoying. FAR too much hassle. Straight to digital for me. XD
Alaka-bwee-oop! Old school.
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n_y_japlander at 9:31AM, July 11, 2007
posts: 264
joined: 6-22-2007
Guess I’m the odd one out… RealDraw Pro is my main work horse. Always hand draw, hand ink, hand shade, and use the software for minor touches. Just one of the old timers here. (0_0)

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KamiDaHobo at 1:06AM, July 17, 2007
posts: 49
joined: 8-18-2006
Photoshop 7, and my Graphire3. Custom brushes for the win!
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FreakGamer at 1:53PM, July 22, 2007
posts: 326
joined: 12-9-2006
MS paint. Since most other programs aren't sprite friendly and I can't draw.

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Insane Angelic at 1:59PM, Aug. 6, 2007
posts: 79
joined: 7-15-2007
I use only MS paint.
It's good when you learned how to work with it. And simple, which gave me a clean feeling of neutral…before I start drawing. XD

Okay, not only that. But i also use Irfantview for awsmroe effects…. on color. That's how i make my wallpaper There's raindrops, and other stuffs. Sadly, it's only that- for adding stuffs. You can only make a box, and add effect to that. You can't smug a effect…. For the blur tool, I have Microsoft photo editer. It had too the ‘sharp’ tool, but sadly… It's pretty much the only thing it is used for.

Sadly, that's all what I have.
I have Photoshop 3.0, but…. it's infected with virus before I started my comic, and is still infected. And I can't use it. T.T
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PIT_FACE at 5:01AM, Aug. 7, 2007
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joined: 4-21-2007
scan it, then cut out the borders on paint, the upload it. i dont have the money or the patients for that shit.
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Pochi at 5:46PM, Aug. 8, 2007
posts: 2
joined: 8-7-2007
I use SAI and Photoshop CS2. :`D
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keithmccleary at 6:54PM, Aug. 8, 2007
posts: 123
joined: 7-18-2007
My tech:

Characters and sets are built in Poser 6;

Pages are built in Photoshop (CS2), including touch-ups drawn by hand with a stylus.

Laid out in Illustrator or InDesign.

Props to junkyb for appropriate use of the phrase “eraser poo”.

Now updating without interruption, starting 2/16.

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Kohdok at 10:33PM, Aug. 9, 2007
posts: 776
joined: 5-18-2007
Wow, you guys make my Photoshop 5 look like a Dinosaur…
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Runosonta at 12:20AM, Aug. 10, 2007
posts: 176
joined: 7-23-2007
Sketch on paper with pencil
PS 7

I'd LOVE to have a tablet someday.

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warren at 10:07PM, Aug. 11, 2007
posts: 110
joined: 1-9-2007
For hand-drawn projects copier paper and Pilot pens.

Digital projects are MSPaint.

Post-production and cropping is done in ACDSee 4.0.

I like to keep the tools simple, not having the time to invest in learning overcomplicated tools like PS, or GIMP. I have to work for a living, and not in the creative arts.

On the Duck:
Title -updating! ~30 strips!
PAC -New! >10 strips.

Spare Change -updating! ~2000 strips!
Mass Production -hiatus. ~300 strips.

This guy does Piss Mario, Stick, and Filler!
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zero rose at 10:20PM, Aug. 11, 2007
posts: 44
joined: 1-15-2007
Word (for the script of course), ink pen, scanner, adobe photoshop 6,
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spacehamster at 10:27AM, Aug. 12, 2007
posts: 504
joined: 8-3-2007
Scanner software really just for running the scanner - I do all the adjustments in Photoshop, as well as everything else. The longer I letter with PS, though, the more I wish I had Illustrator.

Oh, and the Wacom tablet driver, of course.
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Raccoo at 11:52AM, Aug. 12, 2007
posts: 108
joined: 7-11-2006
Sometimes I draw and ink then scan. Most times I draw straight into Gimp (wacom tablet), ink it into Gimp, then save as a png and open it in Inkscape. I use Inkscape to smooth out the lines, then save it as png again and bring it back into Gimp to color. I've only made a few drawings like this, since I'm a huge procrastinator, but I like how it turns out. Oh, I'd prefer Inkscape over Gimp for making speech bubbles.
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mapaghimagsik at 4:48PM, Aug. 14, 2007
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joined: 9-8-2006
Animation Master for figures and figure compositing – GIMP for background and a little compositing. I use Inkscape for the lettering, and GIMP again for conversion to jpg.

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korina at 1:07PM, Aug. 15, 2007
posts: 10
joined: 8-8-2007
I sketch free hand into my art book, scan it in and open it in either the Gimp or Photoshop elements. Then redo the page entirely. I <3 my Wacom.

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(> < ) | him on his way to world domination!
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TnTComic at 11:22AM, Aug. 16, 2007
posts: 681
joined: 6-25-2007
Lately i've been experimenting with ink and paper, then coloring with photoshop. It makes for an interesting look. But usually I do everything digitally. I ink in Flash and color/bubble/layout in Photoshop. Inking in Flash was something that helped my art grow by a large margin.
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BlastAsteroid at 7:27PM, Aug. 27, 2007
posts: 23
joined: 6-21-2007
Photoshop CS - CS2 for scanning and cleanup, InDesign CS - CS2 for building the pages and exporting, GoLive to build my website and upload.
Shawn: \m/ RAWK * !

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Ray W at 4:00PM, Aug. 28, 2007
posts: 1
joined: 8-28-2007
Im a little confused on how to get my comic started. Can anyone help?
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Ninja Krow at 1:55PM, Aug. 30, 2007
posts: 29
joined: 8-18-2007
I not Scanner or Wacom (Yet on eigther) and So I have been doing everthing inside GIMP 2.2 For windows. Mostly I use this for Game textures, not really used to drawing freehand with anything but a pencile. but since I have no scanner, and no wacom I draw with my mouse. (Hating that right hand curve I have when try drawing with the mouse. LOL)

Once I went GIMP MS Paint went out the window.
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joeychips at 1:07PM, Aug. 31, 2007
posts: 145
joined: 5-22-2007
Every scanned drawing I post on the web is usually run through GIMP to crop it some. Free software is such a gift.
Joe Chiappetta
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Balls at 5:51AM, Sept. 5, 2007
posts: 1
joined: 8-30-2007
MS Paint, GIMP and as of today, Paint.Net

Free programs FTW!
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polo at 2:12PM, Sept. 6, 2007
posts: 114
joined: 7-20-2007
Pencil, Bristol board, scanner and PS7 and ILL9 to color…sometimes i paint the old way!
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