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Are there any good, cheap digital painting programs or apps?

Asked by Qingu (21072 points ) June 3rd, 2012

I have a Bamboo tablet and I’d like to draw and paint stuff on the comp’yuter. But, I would rather not pay $600 for the new Photoshop or whatever. Do you know of anything that lets you paint like on Photoshop, and maybe has layers like Photoshop, but nothing fancier necessarily?

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ragingloli's avatar

Gimp? You could also try Project Dogwaffle
Of course, you can always go for the “free” version of Phototshop, if you know what I mean.

Qingu's avatar

Well I just downloaded Gimp. And the Windows emulator you need to run it.

It seems to be just what I was looking for! Thanks, yo.

Mariah's avatar

Gimp is a good one, you could also try Open Canvas. I haven’t used it in years so I can’t really vouch for it, but I know plenty of other people like it.

XOIIO's avatar

@Qingu Why would you need a windows emulator? There’s a linux version.

elbanditoroso's avatar

A second vote for paint.net. great program and free.

There is also GIMP, but it is too complicated for my needs.

wundayatta's avatar

If you are a student, you can get Photoshop for around $200, if you want.

the100thmonkey's avatar

GIMP is available in the Ubuntu Software Centre, or the default repos for most mainstream Linux distros.

You could also try Inkscape.

iBite's avatar

ArtRage is my favorite. It mimics real mediums and is under $90 for the top of the line version.

downtide's avatar

My three faves have all been mentioned: Gimp, Paint.Net and ArtRage.

SU_ZANN's avatar

if you have a relatively new MAC – go to the APP store app and download these two killer apps: Sketchbook Express… and Sketchbook Copic edition… (verify compatible with your operating system)

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