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Title: Art / graphics software
Post by: geoffnelder on June 09, 2017, 04:50:20 PM
I want to dabble in doing my own arty cover and other pictures. I used to be reasonably good at drawing and painting as a kid, continued a bit as a geography teacher and Mrs N said that since my writing pays bu**er all I might as well try painting. I have a new Windows 10 computer and had Paintshop Pro on the old one. It was as user friendly as a cornered tiger. I want something more intuitive and relatively easy to use. Yes to adjust photos digitally with it but also to type on pictures, paint on them etc.

I asked a friend and all he could say is Photoshop CS and then said it was difficult to use!

Any advice please?
Title: Re: Art / graphics software
Post by: Artemis Quark on June 09, 2017, 07:26:23 PM
Photoshop Elements is a lower cost version of Photoshop CS but still offers the ability to create layers of images in a PSD file. After you fiddled with the layers to superimpose images and add text with a "T" for text layer, you can save the whole thing as a jpg or png or pdf, whatever you like. Elements cost only $70, one time. CS or CC (Creative Cloud) is a subscription plan. One caveat, I have been using PSE for decades and occasionally upgrade to the next level. Each time, more features are added to make it almost as versatile as the full blown Photoshop version. Currently I use PSE12 and it works fine on my laptop with Windows 10. Adobe has since offered 13, 14 and 15. I have read that the latest version has problems running on W10 so caution. Also, it has become more difficult to use. I don't know if older versions are still offered but you might want to look for PSE12.
Title: Re: Art / graphics software
Post by: geoffnelder on June 09, 2017, 08:16:08 PM
Thanks AQ
Title: Re: Art / graphics software
Post by: Cathy C on June 10, 2017, 04:19:27 AM
I have photoshop CC 2017, but have no idea how to use it. I'm watching youtube videos to try and help, and it seems an awesome program, but complicated.  :-\
Title: Re: Art / graphics software
Post by: geoffnelder on June 10, 2017, 07:29:58 AM
I liked the earlier versions of Paintshop Pro - easy to use and lots of good effects etc but then they improved it to make it complicated to use :(
Title: Re: Art / graphics software
Post by: Tricksy on July 26, 2017, 12:38:51 PM
The primary program I use to draw in using a tablet is called Paint Tool SAI. Costs around thirty dollars, I think? It's much more focused on getting a somewhat realistic feel while drawing digitally that many other programs such as Photoshop. For photo editing - it's not so great. Doesn't offer a text tool. Krita is another program that is well praised in the artists community, mostly because it's free and also focuses on the drawing aspect versus the editing aspect.

A free image editing program you could look into is GIMP. Haven't used it much myself, but it's free and in the end, it doesn't really matter which programs you use so long as you're not afraid to experiment with the tools they offer.

Personally, when creating the cover for a book or magazine, I stick to Adobe's InDesign. It offers a variety of tools and isn't the hardest thing out there, in my experience. Once you have an image (or images, even) that you wish to use, you can easily add text over (or under) the image without the risk of damaging the image itself, as the program doesn't alter the source image. As in, any text you place will become an 'object' on their own, for you to drag around and do with as you please.

And of course, for printing, InDesign offers a bunch of options re: how you want the cover or image to be exported. I usually stick to .pdf.

Hope this helps!
Title: Re: Art / graphics software
Post by: teenwriterlock on August 25, 2017, 07:25:17 PM
a lot of really good professional services mentioned above. Photoshop and illustrator are dfinitly the industry powerhouse, but there are some good online ones that i use. Canva is really really good for designing from templates. they provide simple stuff already that looks good and you just modify it
Title: Re: Art / graphics software
Post by: teenwriterlock on August 25, 2017, 07:25:42 PM
oh and forgot to mention, Pixlr is good for online editing too. it has most of photoshop's main features and it's free and online
Title: Re: Art / graphics software
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Title: Re: Art / graphics software
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