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Camera Obscura
30-09-06, 02:18
Hi forumers, I'm just wondering what program is good for coloring scanned drawings, as in layers, adding effects, easy shading, etc.

I'm told Photoshop is good for that but I hear about many types like;

Adobe Photoshop CS2
Adobe Illustrator CS2
Photoshop Elements

So for those who make good drawings and art, can you tell me the disadvantages and advantages of each? What types of tool do they contain? What do you recommend?

Hope I'm not asking for much. Thanks! :wve:

Joseph
30-09-06, 02:55
Adobe Photoshop CS2 = professional program for photo- and image editing. Expensive, complicated.
Adobe Illustrator CS2 = professional program to produce vector based drawings. This is not for photo editing.
Photoshop Elements = as the name says: stripped version of Photoshop, contains everything for the average user and affordable.

The Gimp (http://www.gimp.org/) is free. :)

cate_kroft
30-09-06, 02:59
Photoshop Elements is the basic/budget version of Photoshop CS.

I'm not certain but I believe Illustrator is mainly for creating vectors. I don't think that's what you're looking for to just color scanned drawings.

You might want to look at Paint Shop Pro as well. I use version 9 but new one has just been released that I haven't checked out yet. I use PSP for everything and there's little I've found that Photoshop can do and it can't. PSP is also only a fraction of the price of all the other programs. :)

Painter might work but I'm not certain since I only just got it and don't know much about it yet.

The best advice I can give you though is to download the free demos/trials and see what works best for you. Adobe (http://www.adobe.com/downloads/)has free demos for Photoshop and Illustrator. Corel (http://www.corel.com/servlet/Satellite?c=Content_C1&cid=1152796555406&lc=en&pagename=CorelCom%2FLayout)has free demos for Paint Shop Pro and Painter.

Joseph
30-09-06, 03:19
Yes Paint Shop pro is very good and complete. Very affordable as well. Probably your best option, CO. :tmb:

Kamrusepas
30-09-06, 10:12
Adobe Photoshop CS2 = professional program for photo- and image editing. Expensive, complicated.


:eek:

I have CS2, I don't find it complicated. Then again, I've been using Photoshop since version 3 or something...

Geck-o-Lizard
30-09-06, 10:24
I'd say try out the GIMP first - link above in Joseph's post - and if it doesn't suit your needs you could splash out a bit of cash for Paint Shop Pro or Photoshop Elements, either of which should do everything you need. You don't sound like you need one of the professional programs that can jump through hoops and balance a ball on its nose. ;)

jarhead
30-09-06, 10:28
I've got PS v.7 i think, and its done me great, everything I need etc.

Does PS elements come with the pen tool??

Geck-o-Lizard
30-09-06, 10:54
No, I don't think it's included. That's a point. The pen tool's extremely handy for doing digital inking, drawing backgrounds, making curves, etc.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Paint-Shop-Photo-Album-Bundle/dp/B00062TYGS
Paint Shop Pro. It's got everything you need, and it's had a hundred pounds lopped off the original price. If you can spare thirty pounds, go for it.

Mr.Burns
30-09-06, 15:15
I've been using photoshop pretty much since they first came out, it can be complicated if you've never used it but concidering how versatile it is, I'd say go with that, plus there's a lot of tutorials out there for it.

Ampersand
30-09-06, 15:23
Artweaver (http://www.artweaver.de/index.php?en_version) is a brilliant program imo, and completely free. :wve:

Camera Obscura
30-09-06, 16:43
Thanks for the suggestions guys.

I'll try the demos for PS CS2 and Paint Shop Pro.

I'll also be looking into Artweaver as well.

:wve:

Lara Lover
30-09-06, 17:29
Yes Paint Shop pro is very good and complete. Very affordable as well. Probably your best option, CO. :tmb:

I have that. Love it. :tmb: I know people love Photoshop, But, I think it's crap and expensive. :p

Buy Paint Shop Pro! :D

cate_kroft
30-09-06, 19:15
I have that. Love it. :tmb: I know people love Photoshop, But, I think it's crap and expensive. :p

Buy Paint Shop Pro! :D


I agree. I have CS2 but I only use it when I have a downloaded brush that won't work in PSP.

I forgot to mention before that PSP has "Art Media Tools". Basically you get a digital pallet where you can mix your colors just like you would with a real pallet and make brush strokes like a real brush would. I always wanted to try oil painting but I couldn't get over the fumes. Now with PSP, I can do all the realistic oil painting I want without any fumes. :D My dad, traditional artist, can't get over how real it looks and works. I've been planning on using it to recolor some of my old watercolors. Photoshop can't do that. ;)

Someone said something about tutorials. Once you learn your way around PSP (which is a heck of a lot easier than Photoshop) you'll be able to "translate" any and all PS tutorials to PSP. There are also plenty of PSP tutorials as well.

If you look at the deviantART tutorial section you will find tons of "how to color line art" tutorials for PSP. See here: Browse (http://browse.deviantart.com/resources/tutorials/psp/)

Spitfire
30-09-06, 19:43
Artweaver (http://www.artweaver.de/index.php?en_version) is a brilliant program imo, and completely free. :wve:
wow, im checking this out!