Sai - Paint Program
Stumbled across another paint program called SAI. The Official site is here. It's a Japanese program, however there is an English patch for it as well. While the program is a purchase, there is a trial version you can download and test (which is what I'm doing at the moment).
Initial impressions after about an hour of playing with it is pretty positive. If your familiar with Painter, the tools setup is similar.
I purposefully left some areas uncolored so you can see the results of the pencil and pen tools. Now this was really a hasty sketch, but I think it gives you a quick idea of how the program works.
As you can see, SAI uses layers. While not as robust in options as PhotoShop, it does the job quite well. The tools work good with my tablet and unlike Paint.net, it supports pressure sensitivity.
I'll play with some more and give more detailed description later, but for 5,250 yen (approx. $50) so far it seems like an inexpensive alternative for digital artists.
The one thing I did learn while trying this out is that I have completely forgotten the techniques learned from my six week painting course many years ago.
Last edited by Bic; 07-19-2008 at 09:00 AM.
Reason: Added a bigger image to see the controls better
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