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Yo there! I wanted to compile a list of programs and their properties so that it'll be easy for digital artists to choose which one they want. I only use Medibang, so help me out! Edit: I also compiled art advice [url=http://www1.flightrising.com/forums/cc/2537655/1#post_2537655][b]here[/b][/url], if you're interested! :D [center][b]A HELPFUL LIST OF ART PROGRAMS FOR THE (AWESOME) ARTIST[/b][/center] [center] Free / [url=http://www1.flightrising.com/forums/cc/1955816/1#post_22107522]Paid[/url] / [url=http://www1.flightrising.com/forums/cc/1955816/1#post_22146363]Recommended[/url] / [url=http://www1.flightrising.com/forums/cc/1955816/1#post_22127191]Thank you List[/url] / [url=http://www1.flightrising.com/forums/cc/1951130]Harsh Critique Thread[/url] [/center] [u][b]FREE[/b][/u] [url=http://medibangpaint.com/en/][b]Medibang Paint[/b][/url] [img]https://i.ytimg.com/vi/bTKjyHXZokI/maxresdefault.jpg[/img] [LIST] [*]Infinite number of layers possible [*]Layers with Alpha Lock, Grayscale Layers and Black/White Layers [*]Layer Groups [*]Choice to Illustrate or Draw Manga [*]Work can be shared over Cloud - helpful for collabs [*][url=https://medibang.com/loginform/noSession]Account [/url]can be made on Medibang to share art/manga and participate in comps/events, and to install more brushes. [*]18 pre-installed brushes: - 7 brush engines, including eraser - 10 blending modes [*]Several languages available [*]Grid, rulers and perspective assistants [*]Canvas Rotation [*]Color Depth: 8 Bit[/LIST] [url=https://www.gimp.org/][b]Gimp[/b][/url] [img]https://images.sftcdn.net/images/t_optimized,f_auto/p/143a63b6-96d7-11e6-ba72-00163ed833e7/1278954535/gimp-screenshot.png[/img] [LIST] [*]Over 60 pre-installed brushes - 10 brush engines, including eraser [*]Seperate brush dynamics [*]21 blending modes [*]Calligraphy Tool [*]Path Tool [*]Transform Tools, including Perspective and Cage [*]Grid, Horizontal and Vertical Guides [*]Layers with Alpha Lock and Transparency Masks [*]Layer Groups [*]Color Modes: RGB, Grayscale and Indexed Color Mode [*]Color Depth: 8 Bit [*]GIF support with Optimize, Playback and Export [*]Several languages available [/LIST] [url=https://krita.org/en/][b]Krita[/b][/url] [img]http://adte.ca/logilibre/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/2-Interface-Krita.jpg[/img] [LIST] [*]Over 150 pre-installed brushes [*]16 brush engines, eraser mode at any brush [*]3 brush stabilizers [*]79 blending modes [*]Calligraphy Tool [*]Path Tool [*]Transform Tools, including Perspective, Warp, Cage and Liquify [*]Grid, horizontal and vertical guides, rulers and perspective assistent [*]Layers with Alpha Lock, Inherit Alpha, Transparency Masks, Filter Masks and Transform Masks [*]Vector Layers [*]Layer Groups with Pass Through and Inherit Alpha [*]Pop Up Palette for quick color and brush selection [*]Canvas Rotation [*]Wrap Mode [*]Color Modes: RGB, XYZ, CMYK, YCbCr, L*a*b* and Grayscale [*]Color Depth: 8 Bit, 16 Bit (Float) and 32 Bit Float [*]Animation Tools with Timeline, Onion Skinning, playback and export [*]Several languages available [/LIST] [url=http://firealpaca.com/en][b]FireAlpaca[/b][/url] [img]https://photographywordpressthemes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/FireAlpaca.jpg[/img] [LIST] [*]Basically Medibang with a Paint Tool Sai layout [/LIST] [url=http://www.artweaver.de/en][b]Artweaver[/b][/url] [LIST] [*]Has a [url=http://www1.flightrising.com/forums/cc/1955816/1#post_22107522]paid[/url] version [*] Limited compared to paid version [*] Only for non-commercial and academic purposes. [*] Saves not allowed [/LIST]
Yo there! I wanted to compile a list of programs and their properties so that it'll be easy for digital artists to choose which one they want. I only use Medibang, so help me out!

Edit: I also compiled art advice here, if you're interested! :D

A HELPFUL LIST OF ART PROGRAMS
FOR THE (AWESOME) ARTIST

FREE

Medibang Paint
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  • Infinite number of layers possible
  • Layers with Alpha Lock, Grayscale Layers and Black/White Layers
  • Layer Groups
  • Choice to Illustrate or Draw Manga
  • Work can be shared over Cloud - helpful for collabs
  • Account can be made on Medibang to share art/manga and participate in comps/events, and to install more brushes.
  • 18 pre-installed brushes:
    - 7 brush engines, including eraser
    - 10 blending modes
  • Several languages available
  • Grid, rulers and perspective assistants
  • Canvas Rotation
  • Color Depth: 8 Bit

Gimp
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  • Over 60 pre-installed brushes
    - 10 brush engines, including eraser
  • Seperate brush dynamics
  • 21 blending modes
  • Calligraphy Tool
  • Path Tool
  • Transform Tools, including Perspective and Cage
  • Grid, Horizontal and Vertical Guides
  • Layers with Alpha Lock and Transparency Masks
  • Layer Groups
  • Color Modes: RGB, Grayscale and Indexed Color Mode
  • Color Depth: 8 Bit
  • GIF support with Optimize, Playback and Export
  • Several languages available


Krita
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  • Over 150 pre-installed brushes
  • 16 brush engines, eraser mode at any brush
  • 3 brush stabilizers
  • 79 blending modes
  • Calligraphy Tool
  • Path Tool
  • Transform Tools, including Perspective, Warp, Cage and Liquify
  • Grid, horizontal and vertical guides, rulers and perspective assistent
  • Layers with Alpha Lock, Inherit Alpha, Transparency Masks, Filter Masks and Transform Masks
  • Vector Layers
  • Layer Groups with Pass Through and Inherit Alpha
  • Pop Up Palette for quick color and brush selection
  • Canvas Rotation
  • Wrap Mode
  • Color Modes: RGB, XYZ, CMYK, YCbCr, L*a*b* and Grayscale
  • Color Depth: 8 Bit, 16 Bit (Float) and 32 Bit Float
  • Animation Tools with Timeline, Onion Skinning, playback and export
  • Several languages available

FireAlpaca
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  • Basically Medibang with a Paint Tool Sai layout

Artweaver
  • Has a paid version
  • Limited compared to paid version
  • Only for non-commercial and academic purposes.
  • Saves not allowed
[u][b]PAID[/b][/u] [b]Paint Tool Sai[/b] [img]https://images.downloadastro.com/gallery/painttool_sai/install-painttool-sai-01.png[/img] [LIST] [*] Has layers and canvases [/LIST] [url=https://www.artrage.com/][b]ArtRage[/b][/url] [img]http://ww1.prweb.com/prfiles/2011/07/22/8767563/KnifeLoaded1.png[/img] [LIST] CURRENTLY 30% OFF! [*] 79.00 USD one time payment for windows/mac0S - SALE: 54.90 USD [*] Lite version for 29.90 USD - SALE: 19.90 USD [*] Android and iOS version for 4.99 USD [*] Mimics traditional media such as oil paint, watercolour, pencils, etc. [*] Brushes/Stickers importable [*] Layers available [*] Version 4 : gradient available (Version 3: gradient unavailable) [/LIST] [url=http://www.artweaver.de/en][b]Artweaver[/b][/url] [img]https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/4d/Artweaver_Ubuntu.png[/img] [LIST] [*] 39.67 USD one time purchase [*] No limitations compared with free version [*] Can be used for commercial purposes without restrictions [*] Ordering more than one license qualifies for discounts down to 25.67 USD [/LIST] [url=http://www.adobe.com/au/products/photoshop.html][b]Photoshop[/b][/url] [img]https://cdn4.digitalartsonline.co.uk/cmsdata/slideshow/3654513/photoshop-select-mask-sc.jpg[/img] [LIST] [*] 20.99 USD per month, annual plan. [*] Students/teachers may get discounts or Creative Cloud for free depending on country! [/LIST] [url=https://procreate.art/][b]Procreate[/b][/url] [img]http://downloads.savage.si/press/Procreate-3-illustration.png[/img] [LIST] [*] Price is conflicting? 9.99USD or 14.99? [*] Can only be installed on ipads and iPhones [*] Optimised for Apple Pencil and iOS11 [*] 136 brushes [*] Custom brushes can be made [*] Layers [*] 64 bit colour [*] Has a gallery that can be organised into stacks [*] Perspective assist [*] Automatically records when you draw - time-lapses easily viewed [/LIST] [url=http://www1.flightrising.com/forums/cc/1955816#post_1955816]Free[/url] / Paid / [url=http://www1.flightrising.com/forums/cc/1955816/1#post_22146363]Recommended[/url] / [url=http://www1.flightrising.com/forums/cc/1955816/1#post_22127191]Thank you List[/url] / [url=http://www1.flightrising.com/forums/cc/1951130]Harsh Critique Forum[/url]
PAID

Paint Tool Sai
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  • Has layers and canvases

ArtRage
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    CURRENTLY 30% OFF!
  • 79.00 USD one time payment for windows/mac0S - SALE: 54.90 USD
  • Lite version for 29.90 USD - SALE: 19.90 USD
  • Android and iOS version for 4.99 USD
  • Mimics traditional media such as oil paint, watercolour, pencils, etc.
  • Brushes/Stickers importable
  • Layers available
  • Version 4 : gradient available (Version 3: gradient unavailable)

Artweaver
Artweaver_Ubuntu.png
  • 39.67 USD one time purchase
  • No limitations compared with free version
  • Can be used for commercial purposes without restrictions
  • Ordering more than one license qualifies for discounts down to 25.67 USD

Photoshop
photoshop-select-mask-sc.jpg
  • 20.99 USD per month, annual plan.
  • Students/teachers may get discounts or Creative Cloud for free depending on country!

Procreate
Procreate-3-illustration.png
  • Price is conflicting? 9.99USD or 14.99?
  • Can only be installed on ipads and iPhones
  • Optimised for Apple Pencil and iOS11
  • 136 brushes
  • Custom brushes can be made
  • Layers
  • 64 bit colour
  • Has a gallery that can be organised into stacks
  • Perspective assist
  • Automatically records when you draw - time-lapses easily viewed

Free / Paid / Recommended / Thank you List / Harsh Critique Forum
I mainly use Krita 3.0 and Gimp 2.8, but there's also Gimp 2.9, a development version with more features. You have to compile that first though.

Gimp:
  • over 60 pre-installed brushes
  • 10 brush engines, including eraser
  • seperate brush dynamics
  • 21 blending modes
  • Calligraphy Tool
  • Path Tool
  • Transform Tools, including Perspective and Cage
  • Grid, Horizontal and Vertical Guides
  • Layers with Alpha Lock and Transparency Masks
  • Layer Groups
  • Color Modes: RGB, Grayscale and Indexed Color Mode
  • Color Depth: 8 Bit
  • GIF support with Optimize, playback and export
  • several languages available

Krita:
  • over 150 pre-installed brushes
  • 16 brush engines, eraser mode at any brush
  • 3 brush stabilizers
  • 79 blending modes
  • Calligraphy Tool
  • Path Tool
  • Transform Tools, including Perspective, Warp, Cage and Liquify
  • Grid, horizontal and vertical guides, rulers and perspective assistent
  • Layers with Alpha Lock, Inherit Alpha, Transparency Masks, Filter Masks and Transform Masks
  • Vector Layers
  • Layer Groups with Pass Through and Inherit Alpha
  • Pop Up Palette for quick color and brush selection
  • Canvas Rotation
  • Wrap Mode
  • Color Modes: RGB, XYZ, CMYK, YCbCr, L*a*b* and Grayscale
  • Color Depth: 8 Bit, 16 Bit (Float) and 32 Bit Float
  • Animation Tools with Timeline, Onion Skinning, playback and export
  • several languages available

I have no specific number, but Gimp has slightly more filters available than Krita.

And I like to add some worthy features of MediBang Paint Pro, even though I don't know the program too well.
  • 7 brush engines, including eraser
  • 10 blending modes
  • Grid, rulers and perspective assistent
  • Layers with Alpha Lock, Grayscale Layers and Black/White Layers.
  • Layer Groups
  • Canvas Rotation
  • Color Depth: 8 Bit
I mainly use Krita 3.0 and Gimp 2.8, but there's also Gimp 2.9, a development version with more features. You have to compile that first though.

Gimp:
  • over 60 pre-installed brushes
  • 10 brush engines, including eraser
  • seperate brush dynamics
  • 21 blending modes
  • Calligraphy Tool
  • Path Tool
  • Transform Tools, including Perspective and Cage
  • Grid, Horizontal and Vertical Guides
  • Layers with Alpha Lock and Transparency Masks
  • Layer Groups
  • Color Modes: RGB, Grayscale and Indexed Color Mode
  • Color Depth: 8 Bit
  • GIF support with Optimize, playback and export
  • several languages available

Krita:
  • over 150 pre-installed brushes
  • 16 brush engines, eraser mode at any brush
  • 3 brush stabilizers
  • 79 blending modes
  • Calligraphy Tool
  • Path Tool
  • Transform Tools, including Perspective, Warp, Cage and Liquify
  • Grid, horizontal and vertical guides, rulers and perspective assistent
  • Layers with Alpha Lock, Inherit Alpha, Transparency Masks, Filter Masks and Transform Masks
  • Vector Layers
  • Layer Groups with Pass Through and Inherit Alpha
  • Pop Up Palette for quick color and brush selection
  • Canvas Rotation
  • Wrap Mode
  • Color Modes: RGB, XYZ, CMYK, YCbCr, L*a*b* and Grayscale
  • Color Depth: 8 Bit, 16 Bit (Float) and 32 Bit Float
  • Animation Tools with Timeline, Onion Skinning, playback and export
  • several languages available

I have no specific number, but Gimp has slightly more filters available than Krita.

And I like to add some worthy features of MediBang Paint Pro, even though I don't know the program too well.
  • 7 brush engines, including eraser
  • 10 blending modes
  • Grid, rulers and perspective assistent
  • Layers with Alpha Lock, Grayscale Layers and Black/White Layers.
  • Layer Groups
  • Canvas Rotation
  • Color Depth: 8 Bit
@superninjadragon FireAlpaca is amazing. I've heard it's. A lot like Paint Tool Sai, but since I've never owned a windows, I can't compare it. It works really well for me, though, even without a stylus! It's completely free, too.
@superninjadragon FireAlpaca is amazing. I've heard it's. A lot like Paint Tool Sai, but since I've never owned a windows, I can't compare it. It works really well for me, though, even without a stylus! It's completely free, too.
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@FuzzyBelly
Actually, Paint Tool Sai is not exactly like FireAlpaca. Sure, both are minimalistic. As far as I recall Sai has more impressive and unique brushes, but less blending modes, escpecially on the brushes.

FireAlpaca and MediBang Paint Pro are EXACTLY the same, except the theme color and the cloud options.
@FuzzyBelly
Actually, Paint Tool Sai is not exactly like FireAlpaca. Sure, both are minimalistic. As far as I recall Sai has more impressive and unique brushes, but less blending modes, escpecially on the brushes.

FireAlpaca and MediBang Paint Pro are EXACTLY the same, except the theme color and the cloud options.
@SuperNinjaDragon I use something called Art Rage 3.0 mostly, occasionally GIMP but that's only for accents.

Art Rage is pretty minimalist and you have to pay for it (I got it free with my tablet). I believe you can import your own brushes and stickers, it has layers and several art mediums to chose from. Sadly 3.0 doesn't have any gradient tools, but 4 does!
@SuperNinjaDragon I use something called Art Rage 3.0 mostly, occasionally GIMP but that's only for accents.

Art Rage is pretty minimalist and you have to pay for it (I got it free with my tablet). I believe you can import your own brushes and stickers, it has layers and several art mediums to chose from. Sadly 3.0 doesn't have any gradient tools, but 4 does!
Seeking Old Dragons! Forever collecting October 1st 2013 dragons. Previously BeingOfNature
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Old Art Thread
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@vehementis ooh, I did not know that. Thanks for clarifying! It's certainly interesting.
@vehementis ooh, I did not know that. Thanks for clarifying! It's certainly interesting.
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A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING HUMANS:

@Vehementis you wrote so much! You were really helpful :D
@FuzzyBelly I never heard of Fire Alpaca before, thanks for mentioning it!
@BeingOfNature thanks for the info!
@Akaineko , I've added Artweaver to the list :)

Free / Paid / Recommended / Thank you List / Harsh Critique Forum
A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING HUMANS:

@Vehementis you wrote so much! You were really helpful :D
@FuzzyBelly I never heard of Fire Alpaca before, thanks for mentioning it!
@BeingOfNature thanks for the info!
@Akaineko , I've added Artweaver to the list :)

Free / Paid / Recommended / Thank you List / Harsh Critique Forum
@SuperNinjaDragon thank you for this awesome thread, it's really very helpful. I have used Artweaver also, they offer a trial version (no usage time limit, but no saves).

Ping myself to bookmark this thread: @Akaineko
@SuperNinjaDragon thank you for this awesome thread, it's really very helpful. I have used Artweaver also, they offer a trial version (no usage time limit, but no saves).

Ping myself to bookmark this thread: @Akaineko
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RECCOMENDED:

If you can't afford an expensive program, but would like to create beautiful artworks:
  • Medibang I may be biased since I use this, but it's just as good as any of the paid programs! FireAlpaca is a good alternative if you like its layout better.
  • Gimp
  • Krita
  • FireAlpaca

Creating digital artworks:
  • Paint Tool Sai
  • Artweaver

Creating traditional-style artworks:
  • ArtRage

Photo editing and photo manipulation is your passion!:
(also great for editing artworks!)
  • Photoshop An industry standard, albeit rather costly!

If you use an iPad to draw:
  • Procreate Works well with Apple Pencils and Ipads!

NOTE!:
This section is pretty subjective, and consists of my own recommendations. For example, you can use Photoshop to draw artworks, not just for photo editing and manipulation, but it is simply my recommendation to use it for photo editing/manipulation - due to its original purpose being so (hence the name PHOTOshop) and because of its high cost and specialisation for photo editing.

Free / Paid / Recommended / Thank you List / Harsh Critique Forum
RECCOMENDED:

If you can't afford an expensive program, but would like to create beautiful artworks:
  • Medibang I may be biased since I use this, but it's just as good as any of the paid programs! FireAlpaca is a good alternative if you like its layout better.
  • Gimp
  • Krita
  • FireAlpaca

Creating digital artworks:
  • Paint Tool Sai
  • Artweaver

Creating traditional-style artworks:
  • ArtRage

Photo editing and photo manipulation is your passion!:
(also great for editing artworks!)
  • Photoshop An industry standard, albeit rather costly!

If you use an iPad to draw:
  • Procreate Works well with Apple Pencils and Ipads!

NOTE!:
This section is pretty subjective, and consists of my own recommendations. For example, you can use Photoshop to draw artworks, not just for photo editing and manipulation, but it is simply my recommendation to use it for photo editing/manipulation - due to its original purpose being so (hence the name PHOTOshop) and because of its high cost and specialisation for photo editing.

Free / Paid / Recommended / Thank you List / Harsh Critique Forum
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