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Best Painting Software

Discussion in 'General Software & Hardware Forum:' started by berry, Jul 28, 2009.

  1. berry

    berry Active Member

    My son wants to do some 'art' painting. He can't produce more arty farty stuff with Photoshop.He is mac based, what is the best application to produce art and painting.
    He was talking about getting Bootcamp so he could possibly get CoralDraw - do they still make that?

    So what should he be looking for?????
  2. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    berry you got a wacom tablet laying around at work, mine came with a version of corel painter (or you could download it) which I think would have worked on a mac too, I never bothered checking to be honest as I wasn't going to use it :)

    Corel (draw) is still going but they do some specific apps which might be more to his liking.

    Painter (11), painter essentials (4) and Painter Sketchpad - (links are on this page) - they're all available on mac too :) - the first two are more the painter style of work while the sketchpad is more of a designers sketchbook in my opinion.

    You also have alias sketchbook pro (I liked this more personally when I tried it but its individual preference as they're all pretty similar) - probably a mix of the two above.

    You also have anime/manga studio and artrage deluxe (all mac options too) - linky to sales page and they're pretty self explanatory in their names :)

    Theres also some cheaper/free alternatives that might be worth looking at here

    In my opinion the best program depends on what sort of work he wants to produce and how he feels comfortable doing it, might be worth trying some of the demos first
  3. berry

    berry Active Member

    I got him a small Wacom for his birthday, and that's what's stimulating his art and drawing. Don't know if it came with Corel, I'll ask

    cheers Levi
  4. br3n

    br3n Senior Member

    I know if someone else posted that question your reply would be


    But we're not all as nasty as you :p I havent got any idea about digital painting but I know of a portfolio that might be useful. He uses a lot of watercolours & other paints but scans and then builds on them with digital. | Portfolio of Mike Orduña
  5. berry

    berry Active Member


    Live by the sword............
  6. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member


    I can get you Painter 8 for mac. I'll sort it out if yer like matey.
  7. berry

    berry Active Member

    cool. you know where i am. Have meetings from 12-7 tommorow, but you can drop it off! See Rachel...
  8. mrp2049

    mrp2049 Senior Member

    manga studio is also awesome!

    there is a full version (££££) and a free version. that comes pretty highly rated!
  9. berry

    berry Active Member

    Cheers mrp2049
  10. tim

    tim Senior Member

    yeah i seen all those programs on the shelves at our apfel store.

    (so that means they're available for mac ofc)
  11. berry

    berry Active Member

    Do i get any hoisty ones?????
  12. tim

    tim Senior Member

    "hoisty" being free or discounted?

    depends. name it (if typo hasnt sorted it out) and i can get you whatever. will PM it all though as it's against P&P to mention discount :\
  13. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member

    where's that then?
  14. berry

    berry Active Member

    Mums the word....
  15. tim

    tim Senior Member

    i work at apple.
  16. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member

    No way!
    You should be in bed, you'll be late in the morning.
    Blah blah

    I'm after a new 24'' iMac will it fit up yer jumper?
  17. tim

    tim Senior Member

    err not quite... i has to do all kinds of security shit before i go. could probably lift an iPhone but i would get but in jail.

    and nah i has the day off tmrw and the day after that. then 2 more days work. then tunisia. 2 weeks. goodbye f'ing birmingham.
  18. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member

    Nice one, two weeks in the sun.

    I was kidding you know. Getting new iPhone Sept. touch wood.
  19. tim

    tim Senior Member

    nice one.

    and yah i was kidding too- i has a strange sense o humour.

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