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bkboggy
07-09-2005, 03:28 AM
What are major differences between Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro and Corel Painter? I can't make up my mind on which application to focus. I know the basics and a little bit beyond on Photoshop, but I've never used other programs. So before trying them out I'd like to find out what's more attracting to me. If you could tell me the major differences between those programs I'd really appriciate.




P.S. Not sure if I posted this at right place.. but we'll see.

PerfectBlue
07-09-2005, 04:02 AM
Photoshop = Photo editing program with painting ability
Painter / paintshop = painting program with some photo editing abilities
Alias sketch = sketch program
Open canvas = painting program






People tend to look at the names of the apps and just forget to read the words in the name.. i hate it when i see threads like "should i paint with photoshop or painter?" and the like... lol :D

For my money, open canvas is the best painting program out there, not because it beats painter, but because it is simple simple simple and has all the muscle where it needs it only. The same can be said for alias sketch however, and as a mac user i use this personally (i use open canvas on my older pc).

What do you want to do with the app? Filters/effects/editing? Sketching/painting/doodling?

If you are looking to build websites, go photoshop. if you are looking to sit and draw, go painter. If you want to sketch, go open canvas/alias sketch. The names pretty much say it all. They are all great for what they are designed for. :)

Hope that helps you some. :bounce:

jeremybirn
07-09-2005, 09:04 AM
read the words in the name.

If you follow Lord Blue's logic, you'd only use SoftImage for those soft shots with DOF, Maya for representing ancient Mexican cultures, etc. ???:)

bkboggy - A "which software is best" thread is not going to get you any useful information. Download and try some of these programs, and maybe look through some of the art on cgtalk or painting tutorials on the web to see what people are doing with the software or what workflows they use.

-jeremy

DanSilverman
07-09-2005, 12:46 PM
People tend to look at the names of the apps and just forget to read the words in the name.. i hate it when i see threads like "should i paint with photoshop or painter?" and the like... lol

I guess people like Craig Mullins (www.goodbrush.com) don't read the names of the apps they use either. Craig paints most of his digital paintings with Photoshop. In any case, Photoshop is not, today, what it started out to be in the beginning (simply a photo editing tool). Today it is much more.

I would say that the difference between applications like Photoshop and Painter is that Painter immitates natural media (oil paints, water colors and the like) while Photoshop does not do that. Once again, this is not to say that you cannot "paint" in Photoshop. I actually prefer it. It is just to point out where I feel the emphasis is for the programs.

ThePumpkinKing
07-10-2005, 09:46 PM
The word thing is kind of funny. I told my teacher my favorite program was lightwave 3d, and guess what she thought it does?

"I imagine that it would allow you to view lightwaves in 3d."

Yeah, that would be fun...

PerfectBlue
07-11-2005, 05:42 AM
Haha true true... but Painter and Photoshop are applications from the era in computing where people named their programs less "creatively" and more logically. Regardless how all the newer apps make their names out to be, these programs still hold to what they were originally designed for, even though they slowly allow a lot more. :p

-NG-
07-11-2005, 08:56 PM
Download and try some of these programs,

-jeremy

No better words then that. Try them out and decise with wich one you find yourself most comfortable. :)

Peddy
07-12-2005, 10:04 AM
how dare you people leave out MSpaint! it has the same potential as all the mentioned programs, and its right at the heart of 2d digital art - the pixels! sheesh, youd wanna know how to blend! :thumbsup:

gizmosart
07-12-2005, 07:31 PM
For that Point... PhotoShop is good for making the web sites.
but it's also fine to use a brush us well.
I use painter and photo shop in the same time,
in photo shop, is better to set a level balance, for the images.
In painter you can make your own brush, you can Flip the Image when your painting.
for the sketchs Alias skech book is amazing tool,
I don't know about Paintshop never use it.
I also use CorelDraw for victor graphics.
Any way I think photoshop is the better thing you can get, right now.

gizmosart
07-12-2005, 07:33 PM
No better words then that. Try them out and decise with wich one you find yourself most comfortable. :)


Yeah that's right find yourself most comfortable

bkboggy
07-23-2005, 09:12 AM
Lord Blue: Names should not be something to base the decisions of. Something named Bryce is a 3D software, Maya is a 3D software as well, Blender is a 3D software, Wings is a 3D software.. none of those programs hold any information in their name. Same goes for most of the programs. I watched some of the Gnomon videos and people were to referrering to Photoshop a lot while using Painter. Lots of people that put their awesome paintings and sketches on these forums use Photoshop.

jeremybirn: This is not a "which software is best" thread, it's a "what's the difference between" post. But downloading demos is a good idea. Some of my friends own those programs, so I'll demo them out from them. I, personally, own Photoshop, but none of the others. I also took a look at that Alias Sketching program but it's more oriented towards tablets.. I use a mouse.

LoTekK
07-23-2005, 10:02 AM
Wings is a 3D software.. none of those programs hold any information in their name
Purely for arguments sake, Wings is actually named for the winged edge data structure it uses to store mesh information, so it actually is aptly named, in this case. But yeah, purely for arguments sake since I'm bored. :p

mosconariz
07-23-2005, 07:15 PM
would say that the difference between applications like Photoshop and Painter is that Painter immitates natural media (oil paints, water colors and the like) while Photoshop does not do that.

This is the only post that was starting to answer the question posted in the thread.

I don't know the answer cause I only use photoshop, but I think someone somewhere can said something useful and great to read :scream:

CalvinChoy
07-23-2005, 09:55 PM
I use alias sketch for sketching

About painting . . hmmz . . actually im in the same situation, I just started digital painting and dont know which one to use now: Painter or Photoshop.

Since I am also making website photo editing and stuff . . i think i will take photoshop. Because I can focus on 1 software that can do everything that i need.

If i have no other plans then except painting, I will prob go for painter . . . the name PAINTER does give u are feeling that it is the best app for painting, but as you can see lots of great paintings are done in photoshop and other software =/

bkboggy
07-24-2005, 01:45 AM
Paint Shop Pro also gives me a great visual of a painting program, but is it as good as Painter?

Lunatique
07-24-2005, 04:20 AM
http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=244093&highlight=clash+titans

Major digital painting softwares reviewed.

bkboggy
07-25-2005, 01:47 AM
Yeah.. those softwares have improved since then though, like the horizontal flipping future.. it is now in Painter as well. And brushes aren't so bad anymore in Photoshop.

mosconariz
07-25-2005, 07:23 PM
That review is great Lunatique!:applause::buttrock:

would be cool to make a new one :scream::D

jmBoekestein
07-25-2005, 08:01 PM
My 2 cents for now is that painter has an extensive set of features in it's brush system that easily overshadow photoshop. In photoshop I also annoy myself at the way the brushes are so simplistically applied to the canvas as if each stroke is it's own little universe without context, not to mention the shabby support for wacom tablets.

But photoshop has all these handy exra's and some very nice painting modes and specialised tools, so it compensates well in that regard. Intuitive work is imo better suited in Painter IX, but I guess one could easily get used to another program.

Drake_Stormrage
07-29-2005, 12:52 PM
has any1 of u guys used paint shop pro over a longer period? i'd like to hear some1's opinion bout it cause so far i haven't met any1 who would paint in it... and as for me, i haven't worked in anything else than in that. currently i use versions 7 and 9

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