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Hi, I''m using Paint Shop Pro right now is that a good graphics program? Anyway I''m just getting started with this so I don''t have a clue which program to use. Also I''ve been thinking about giving computer art a shot and choose that as my career since is something I would like to do, would it be a good move if you don''t have much experience with graphic programs? Right now I''m 16 so maybe it''s sort of late for that...Some links would help too thanks..

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Having experience with art programs isn''t as big a deal as having creativity. If you truly love creating, then learning how to use software is a no brainer.

Paint shop pro is a good program, but if you plan on computer art as a career, you need to learn Photoshop.

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For free graphics software I prefer using the Gimp (www.gimp.org). I don''t have anything bad to say about Pain Shop Pro, but then again, I have nothing good to say about it either; it just been too long since I''ve even looked at it.

Doing computer graphics art is much like any other art field - you really have to be committed in order to make a career out of it. If you''ve been drawing/painting/sketching/doodling your entire life, then you might have a shot.

One other thing, if you really want to make a career out of it, get a graphics tablet as soon as possible. I couldn''t prove in court, but I would swear that using a mouse too much for art some how inflicts damage upon a person''s artistic abilities.

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The tool of the pros is, as the AP said, Photoshop. A graphics tablet is a good idea as well. Also you may want to get a scanner. A lot of artists still draw the outlines on paper and then scan them in and colour them.

Check out http://www.polykarbon.com/ for someone who does this professionally. He also has many tutorials.



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If you''re thinking about getting into art, don''t buy any painting/drawing software at first. You should try it out with just a pencil and paper. It''s cheaper that way, and you''re not stuck in one place all the time.

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