23 9 / 2014
I’ve had this list sitting around for a while (in case I ever want to try something new) and I thought I’d share it, because why the hell not, everybody loves free stuff. I’ve only used a couple, so for all I know these could be complete shit. BUT YOU NEVER KNOW, RIGHT?
*= available for both windows and mac os
GIMP * - Does a lot of the same stuff as Photoshop.
FireAlpaca * - Similar to Paint Tool Sai, so it’s a good alternative for Mac users.
Autodesk Sketchbook Copic Edition * - Simulates the look of copic markers.
MyPaint * - Basic stuff, nothing fancy.
Pinta * - Drawing program modeled after paint.NET.
Inkscape * - Vector/drawing program meant to be similar to Illustrator.
ArtRage * - Digital painting program; you can get the trimmed down version for free or buy the full version with more features.
Sumo Paint * - In-browser drawing app.
DAZ Studio * - Some sort of 3D model poser thing.
Pencil * - Software for animating.
SketchUp * - Tool for making 3D models. Looks handy for stuff like architectural drawings.
Blender * - Pretty popular 3D software.
escape motions * - Some browser apps, fun to fiddle with when you’re bored (the fluid fire simulation is pretty cool imo).
Twistedbrush (Pixarra) - Seems to be meant for replicating the look of traditional media.
Pixia/Phierha - A popular program in Japan, according to the website.
Krita - This was originally made for Linux and it looks like the developers haven’t ironed out all of the kinks in the Windows installer.
Artweaver - Another trimmed down free thing if you don’t want to buy the full program.
paint.NET - Pretty basic kit, probably good for simple stuff.
Project Dogwaffle - I’m not sure what this one is all about because I couldn’t stop laughing at the terrible website.
Speedy Painter - Lightweight digital painting program.
mtPaint - Originally made for pixel art; simple enough to run on older computers.
Chasys Draw IES - Supposed to be some sort of drawing+image editor thing.
PaintRibbon - Seems to be another plain old basic image editor.
DrawPlus - Looks like it’s made for graphic design and vector stuff.
SmoothDraw - I’m guessing this is a basic thing for people who don’t want to bother with complicated stuff.
In light of recent developments involving the Adobe Suite, gathering up good freeware and less expensive one time purchase programs has been on my mind.
I haven’t used Gimp much, but I remember being confused by its interface. That was a while ago, though, so things may have changed. It does seem to be more of an editor.
I can vouch for Fire Alpaca as a solid, but simple drawing and painting program. I use it regularly. Even customized brushes won’t get too fancy, but it has all you really need for digital drawing and painting including fun extra non-Photoshop things like line correction and handy ruling tools. Resizing images (as in, going from my larger working file to a smaller one for web viewing) doesn’t seem to work the way I want it to, though.
Pencil is absolute shit. I have zero patience for it. You can’t even scrub through audio in it or get decent playback (kind of essential).
I downloaded and tried Krita just now and I only messed with a little bit, it gets a little laggy if you’re going too fast but maaaan all those pens and brushes pretty much sold me, I might try my next comic in this just to see how it works, especially since I’m losing Photoshop here quick.
Firealpaca is great too, nice smooth inks and the perspective tool is pretty much the best thing ever.
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22 9 / 2014
Adobe Master Collection CS6 was paid for by each student attending the Academy of Arts University as part of their tuition. In other words, I paid for Adobe CS6. It wasn’t a temporary license, or just for students, it came part of my tuition. Now, Adobe has suspended all student licences and is encouraging us to pay for their products AGAIN. Our “trial” ends in about 15 days.
Like other students and alumni of AAU, we need these programs to WORK. We use them every DAY. If we were photographers and you took away our cameras, we would be just as helpless. Do you know how much Adobe Suite costs? Do you really think a bunch of students and recent graduates have that kind of money?
AAU and Adobe are pointing fingers at each other and lawyers are just shrugging. Meanwhile, we’re all wondering what the fuck we’re supposed to do because its looking like pirating is the only option and not everybody wants to do that- least of all with a program WE PAID FOR.
If anybody wants to help us out by signing this petition or at least reblogging, that would be super helpful. Hopefully we can get some action happening soon and get our paid-for programs back because that is just not cool.
22 9 / 2014
matts back from his first day of class and he looks so damn cute in his scrubs i married a guy whose gonna wear scrubs and lab coats to work every day this makes me happy
22 9 / 2014
now thats matt’s histology certification classes have started we have to fix our sleep schedule so as not to be vampires. matt woke up at 6 AM and I rolled out of bed at 11, though i’m sure I’ll eventually start getting up earlier and earlier like some kind of “actual person” with “normal hours”. This is going to take a little getting used to though cuz I feel like I should be in bed and I cant bring myself to work right now. who knows though may I work great in the daytime. I finished my thesis working in the daytime… and nighttime.. about 10-12 hours a day at the end there… thats not a good example lets try again. hi im awake and I feel like i shouldnt be and its strange and Im doing everything to keep myself from taking a nap righ t now.
22 9 / 2014
kind of hate how capitalism has trained me to believe that having free time is a bad thing and that i need to be constantly doing something to make my existence worth anything
22 9 / 2014