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My toolkit for digital artwork: free software

Filed under: Software and Technology by Hari
Posted on Thu, May 3, 2012 at 18:42 IST (last updated: Thu, May 3, 2012 @ 18:51 IST)

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Ever since I got the HP Touchsmart tm2 laptop that features a Wacom graphics tablet pen, I've had a change of workflow for my digital comic and artwork preparation. In fact, it's become much better. Actually I've not shared the process flow here yet, but I thought I'd at least share the tools that I use to create them.


A cool pressure-sensitive digital paint program that reduces clutter and allows the artist to focus on the art first and features later. Consists of a variety of brushes and pen styles that allow you to reasonably imitate real art media like watercolour, acrylic, oils and so on. Also has an infinite canvas by default which allows you to simply draw, without worrying about the dimensions.

URL: http://mypaint.intilinux.com/


A great, feature filled vector graphics software, particularly meant for digital artists. Many compare it with Illustrator, but having never used Illustrator myself, I cannot say how they compare. However, what I can say is that it does the job quite well. Great for inking, finishing and colouring your drawings.

URL: http://inkscape.org/


Everybody knows about GIMP and where to download it, so I'll leave it at that. ;)

In a future article, I'll share the actual workflow that I have developed using these three free, open source software to create reasonably decent comics.

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