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Whats a good Drawing program to draw game art work?

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it can depends on what type of art you want to make
ex, sprite, background, cg

for most purposes paint.net is a good choice

gimp is also free and has more features but isn't as easy to use,

photoshop is probably the standard for the industry but is fairly expensive

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There are many kinds of artwork production, and each has specialized tools:
- do you plan to work with small images (textures, sprites etc.) or large images (printed pages, high quality photographs, "paintings")?
- do you plan to work a lot with paletted or HDR or multichannel images, or mostly with mainstream 8 bits per channel greyscale or RGB/RGBA images?
- do you plan to draw stuff from scratch or to retouch scanned drawings or photographs?
- do you plan to use a tablet or just a mouse?
- what do you think you'll use more, local drawing tools or mass manipulations with selections, filters and layers?

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Can you draw? I mean, if you take a sheet of paper, can you do a good drawing on it? If not, no amount of software will help. Most drawing softwares allow you to draw accurately. Some are easier to use than others, but if you are looking for sprites, you can basically do that with MS Paint if you are in a tight spot.

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Original post by Qitsune
Can you draw? I mean, if you take a sheet of paper, can you do a good drawing on it? If not, no amount of software will help. Most drawing softwares allow you to draw accurately. Some are easier to use than others, but if you are looking for sprites, you can basically do that with MS Paint if you are in a tight spot.

I could draw good but I want to learn how to do the same thing on computer also

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I really encourage you (and anyone that wants to make game art) to buy a graphics tablet, I own a cheap Genius one (WizardPen 8x6), and it's one of the most useful tools I've ever had, even for small scale pixel art.

And If you are looking for free (as in beer AKA not paid) software, I second what Kaze and ryan554 said, GraphicsGale for pixel art, an Paint.Net for general use. Both are simple and lightweight, but powerful, programs. As for vector art, Creature House Expression 3 (the predecessor to Microsoft Expression) can be downloaded for free

[Edited by - Ioachim Berselius on May 11, 2007 4:57:16 AM]

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One program that I find good is project dogwaffle.
http://www.squirreldome.com/cyberop.htm

It took some time for me to learn but its realy good.. I learned the most when I realized I could right click on the paint tool expanding it to several kinds of painting tools.

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You can often get older OEM versions of Photoshop for very little money. I use Photoshop 6 at home and it cost me < $100 on eBay. Just to argue that Photoshop doesn't have to be expensive. Sure, PS 6 is pretty old, but I prefer it to The Gimp.

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If you really want to, you might make it a bit of a priority and save up for one :) Wacom Graphire is excellent and it's only $100 AU, I think $80 US or something... check www.wacom.com

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