advice on photoshop and illustrator
Posted 25 April 2008 - 08:30 AM
I don't know where to start. Where is the best place to buy and such? I know it is expensive. What about the pressure pads I think they are called. I can't really draw with a mouse so I am real interested in any advice on those too.
Any help or helpful links appreciated.
Posted 25 April 2008 - 08:56 AM
If you want to buy, you can try ebay. Or go to a site that sells software at student rates (MUCH cheaper than buying from Adobe). If you have a kid in school or know someone who's a student, buy it through them at the student rate.
Drawing pads? I tried and didn't like. I went back to the mouse. It's all what you're comfortable with, I guess. Maybe a drawing pad would be the thing for you, but personally I didn't like it.
Edited by harrypri, 25 April 2008 - 08:58 AM.
Posted 25 April 2008 - 04:50 PM
Posted 25 April 2008 - 08:52 PM
As far as pads go Wacom is the big name and I have seen some great stuff done with them and they start around 100 buck and go up. the size of the pad is the big cost factor.
Posted 26 April 2008 - 11:37 AM
Edited by Mark Haynes, 26 April 2008 - 11:38 AM.
Posted 28 April 2008 - 02:45 AM
You don't drag a pencil to draw a curved line like you would in real life or in Photoshop, you click a starting point, drag the line's tangent, click the final location and drag the final point's tangent.
But, it does make for very clean artwork that is scaleable to ANY size without loss of quality.
Posted 05 May 2008 - 05:42 AM
I use Photoshop at work at work all day....It's great for doing effects to images, but it's not great for free-hand art...
I couldn't disagree more! I also use Photoshop at work all day, and I've found there's nothing I can't create in PS.
I don't use a drawing tablet, that's a whole different way of doing things. A pressure-sensitive stylus and a Wacom pad are probably the closest thing to drawing "by hand", but I find Photoshop to be all I need. Jean Harlow here was "drawn" by me totally in PS...
Posted 05 May 2008 - 04:23 PM
as you can see, everbody be different. I've tried doing the tangent thingee that Coopdad mentioned from Illustrator and never could get the hang of it. As he said, it takes a lot of practise, and that applies to whatever you get. Some peeps can get awesome results with simpler softies--it aint the PS, or Corel, or Illustrator---it's the artist. A lot of the art starts the traditional way, on paper and then is scanned into your computer and then you apply the magic wand to it. True, art can be totally created in the software, but again, only if the artist has the ability. I have used a decent beginner software called 'Photo Explosion' made by "Nova Development" which is a very scaled down version of PS. I just got the version 3 from Staples for $50-- after using the vesion 1 for years. Probably a good place to start instead of dropping big bucks and getting frustrated and possibly losing interest. Whatever you get, like Coopdad said about Illustrator, it's gonna take practise, lots of practise before it's second nature to you, just like using your pen or pencil. I'm hoping to get one of the WACOMs one day, and I have done a bit of what you're doing here, asking others, but I know from experience to start small. Good luck in your search and deciding--maybe soon we'll see some of your computer art here---AUTO ART ---not Hollywood starlets, Mr Pristovnik That better be a fender she's got her hand on --maybe she's bemoaning the loss of her radio antenna on her Corvette? Just kidding, Harry, nice representation of what can be done. Later, ######'n
Posted 06 May 2008 - 02:56 AM
Mr Pristovnik That better be a fender she's got her hand on...
I'll leave that to your imagination...
Posted 07 May 2008 - 12:38 PM
I'll leave that to your imagination...
My imagination?? MY imagination??? Good Lord, Harry! thaaaatt's dangerous
Posted 07 May 2008 - 01:02 PM
I don't know if it is at all appropriate for doing stuff like Harry posted but I like it.
I bought the teacher / student edition and I believe it was around $85 vs the $300+ for the regular version. You don't have to be a fulltime student to qualify for the discounted version, I get sent to a lot of training for work that is run through a college, even though I'm only in class for 2-3 days I still qualify. I have a son in 2nd grade so I'd still qualify but for those without children I thought it was handy to know there is no minimum number of units to qualify as a student, sign up for a class even for 1 unit and you are good.