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Tefrin 
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I watched the Live painting video posted in the news section on Crunchyroll.
http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2012/01/26/video-live-painting-by-black-rock-shooter-manga-artist-tnsk

I loved it, I could watch videos like that all day so I went to the Wacom's Japan Youtube channel and watched a few more and I notices that different artists used different software. This isn't surprising ,what I was wondering is what software do you like to use. Has anyone tried the SAL or Manga Studio software? I have used Photoshop in the past but it is so expensive. So let me know what is your favorite paint software
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Posted 1/27/12

Tefrin wrote:

I watched the Live painting video posted in the news section on Crunchyroll.
http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2012/01/26/video-live-painting-by-black-rock-shooter-manga-artist-tnsk

I loved it, I could watch videos like that all day so I went to the Wacom's Japan Youtube channel and watched a few more and I notices that different artists used different software. This isn't surprising ,what I was wondering is what software do you like to use. Has anyone tried the SAL or Manga Studio software? I have used Photoshop in the past but it is so expensive. So let me know what is your favorite paint software


Do you mean paint tool SAI? I've tried painting in it, but I've used Photoshop for so long that it felt really weird.
I tend to go with PS or if I'm feeling goofy I'll jump on openCanvas with friends and just doodle.
That said, it's amazing what you can do in Photoshop! I do need to upgrade though. I'm still on CS2.
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Opps ya SAI. I haven't used Photoshop since CS, its been many years. Iv just started drawing again, as a hobby not professionally, so I will have to learn a new paint software anyways. Once I purchase a tablet I will give their trial software a try:)
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Posted 1/28/12
I really like using PS cs5 for coloring but if I do lineart I prefer Sai
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Posted 1/29/12
I uze SAI, even thou sometimez i feel that it can be hard to do.
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I've tried SAI but didn't give it much of a try. I usually stick with Photoshop.
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Posted 2/9/12
i dont know what sai is but i like GIMP
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Personally, I use different software based on what I need for my image to be "successful." I love using Photoshop CS5 for its power, but I only have an Educational license (leftover from my college days) and prefer to work with programs that I have commercial licenses for.

If I want a more natural look, I use Corel Painter 12 w/ (or w/o) CorelDRAW.
If I want to take a manga approach, I usually use Manga Studio EX 4, but I recently purchase MangaLabo from PortalGraphics and I'm really digging it.
If I'm making an anime inspired image or manga cover, I use CGIllust 4.5 Plus, openCanvas 5 (virtually Identical), Easy Paint Tool SAI, and/or Corel Photopaint.
If I'm making custom brushes, I usually use GIMP or Photopaint.
For textures and image effects, I like to use Filter Forge, which is a great program, well worth the cost.

I'm going to start experimenting with 3D backgrounds with images, so I could program add Blender and Silo to that list. :D

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Posted 2/12/12
i use paint tool sai coz it's way easier to use. . I suggest to use it for the beginners :))
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Posted 2/12/12
Paint Tool Sai
It's easy to use
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Posted 3/31/12
The software is just called "Paint".
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But it has very plain lines and drawing tools.
You want a program with more pressure, depth, and other affects.
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i really like MyPaint http://mypaint.intilinux.com it's free and made to be as strait up no nonsense simple painting as possible instead of having to deal with a lot of various UI stuff getting in the way. if you need a selection/move tool or color correction to do anything serious and you aren't willing to swap to a different program when you need those things then mypaint isn't for you. it doesn't have those features and may or may not ever get them but you may still enjoy sketching around in it just for fun or to rough out a lot of different ideas.

gimp is pretty cool too www.gimp.org but i really only use it for image editing instead of painting. it's pretty good for image editing as that's more what it was aimed to do as a program but image creation can be done easily enough. i only point this out because it becomes very obvious what the difference in focus on editing and creating does for a program when you actually use a program more focused on creation than editing.

if you like working in vectors i suggest inkscape inkscape.org i don't work with vectors a lot but i do use it from time to time. i like inkscape a lot. the only thing i miss from when i used adobe illustrator was the visible stack of every object.

another recent favorite, possibly top of my list, program is krita. www.krita.org which according to site news now seems to have a decently stable windows version which is probably what most of you would be using. (i'm a linux user but everything i've mentioned here has a windows version) like mypaint it's focus is more on creation than editing but it has more features, and with it a more complex user interface, than mypaint.

also, all 4 of the programs i mentioned are completely free to download and use so there's no need to go trying to pirate anything.
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Posted 6/13/12
I love Sai. it works wonderfully. and i'm always finding out new features or clever ways to use the ones i already know about.
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Posted 6/26/12
any photoshop from 8 to up or corel painter, also any intuos if you are doing it just for manga cintiq is kind too much you dont need that a medium intuos would be great ( most people don't like the large ones )
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