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Just popping in to say that Paint Tool SAI is an awesome program but it's not at all suitable for pixel art and it is also not free, it's just that everyone pirates it because we're cheap and we can't figure out the Japanese site.There's also "Paint Tool SAI", again I haven't used it extensively but I have seen a lot of artists who have. Uh, and it appears to be free. Yup.
popping into say that MyPaint is like, the best thing I've ever come across, but I imagine it's not quite as good without a tablet (but I dunno, I always use a tablet); half of the brushes are much more fantastic with pressure-senstivity. also, unlimited canvas oh godHiikaru ♥;524618 said:My Paint is also a free thing! I don't think it's very good for editing sprites if that's what you're hoping to do (I suppose you could, but I'd think it would be more frustrating than MS Paint), but it's definitely good enough for just drawing or painting in. It has multiple floating parts of it kind of like GIMP does, only smaller and optional and way less annoying in general and also not in different windows. Also it's cross-platform! So you won't lose it and have to get used to a new program if you ever can't or don't want to use Windows.
I can't stand GIMP, I really can't, but Paint.NET is pretty okay for spriting. I don't sprite a lot but when I do, I usually use Paint.NET simply because of layers and transperency and it doesn't irritate the crap out of me like GIMP does.I'm not fond of GIMP at all and Paint.NET isn't really *good*, just usable - I had a lot of trouble figuring out how to do what I wanted and as far as I can tell it doesn't really have anything over any other art programs (unless you count "being less annoying than GIMP"). Although, it's possibly better for editing existing images if you want to do that instead of drawing.
MyPaint and Paint.NET both have layers! iScribble also has three layers, but if you're adding text to things, that's probably not what you're looking for right now! Also I'm not sure text in MyPaint is a thing because it's a painting tool, not an editing tool. If you wanted to draw and also do editing things, though, you could switch between the two!Thanks for the advice guys! One of the main things I'm looking for is that I want to be able to put in layers. Also, I dislike how in adding text in MS Paint blanks out the background in that one area. Again, thank you all for the suggestions!
I still prefer SAI to MyPaint. :( But I think MyPaint is the best free art program and also the best one that runs on Linux (SAI's *supposed* to run through Wine, apparently, but it wouldn't).popping into say that MyPaint is like, the best thing I've ever come across, but I imagine it's not quite as good without a tablet (but I dunno, I always use a tablet); half of the brushes are much more fantastic with pressure-senstivity. also, unlimited canvas oh god
Hahaha what? Layers and an actual way to adjust colours properly and screen/multiply/overlay layers are great. I haven't done that much spriting lately, but it's still really handy to be using an art program instead of whatever the hell mspaint is.Spriting with not-MS Paint?
I haven't sprited in forever geez
Uh don't have much else to add, except my sort-of advocation for GIMP- the path tool is really hella cool and the program I usually use for stupid art stuff, Photoshop Elements 5.0 (yeah yeah I know, we just had a CD for it lying around the house so that's why) doesn't have it, so I have GIMP lying around just for that. But the path tool is just one thing-if you want to learn the UI it has a lot of neat stuff a lot of other free art programs don't... I'm just stubborn and so used to PSE5's UI that I prefer to use it until I feel like I've reached my artistic limit with it. Which will probably be never because I'm not extremely ambitious.
But anything more advanced than MS Paint just for spriting is kind of balls to me because I'd always forget to turn off anti-aliasing or something. :1 To each their own I guess
Well sure, I'm not saying those things aren't useful, just that you can sprite perfectly well in Paint if you really can't find a program you like to use for that instead. Because I always have. I've found ways to work around needing layers, and if I need to shift something I'm usually working so small that I can just do it pixel-by-pixel in about the same amount of time anyway. and maybe fix some problems with the shape while I'm at it.Hahaha what? Layers and an actual way to adjust colours properly and screen/multiply/overlay layers are great. I haven't done that much spriting lately, but it's still really handy to be using an art program instead of whatever the hell mspaint is.
How do you manage to forget to turn off antialiasing? o.O I pretty much never find having the eraser antialiased useful -- if I want something erased cleanly, I'll use free select and then cut -- and anyway if you're using the default brushes they're all blurry enough that it's obvious if you have them antialiased when they shouldn't be. But really, pencil! More pencil! Layer mask that transfers layer's alpha channel! More pencil! And if you accidentally had the eraser tool antialiased, you can fix it later by thresholding the alpha channel. Tada!