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My daughter is turning 12 this weekend and is very into drawing manga/cartoons. She has been using mspaint to make amazing pictures, so I would like to get her some better software.

I was thinking about MANGA STUDIO DEBUT 4. I know this is the chopped down version, but don't have the $$ to spend on the full version. Are there any other suites that any of you would suggest. Top of budget for this is $40. Thanks.
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I know your budget limit is $40, but if it's a little flexible and you can afford to spend another $10, you could look into Autodesk SketchBook Pro. It's got a lot of features and is much more complicated than mspaint. It has many different bush types and allows you to change stroke thickness, opacity, etc. The interface is pretty simple and easy to use though, which is a plus.

Amazon has it for $50.99:



If you want to download a trial version to test it out, you can get it here: http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet...&siteID=123112
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Something in the middle you may want to consider down the road is get her a wacom tablet from best buy for hundred then maybe get her Corel paint. Total budget would be around 150-200. She could do a whole lot with that.
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Something in the middle you may want to consider down the road is get her a wacom tablet from best buy for hundred then maybe get her Corel paint. Total budget would be around 150-200. She could do a whole lot with that.
I already got her a tablet over the summer when she was staying with me. Quite the learning curve on those things.

As far as a program, I went with Corel Photo pro X3 ultimate (which includes Corel paint). Found a loophole at Fry's and ended up getting it marked down to $37 (Amazon price match) with a $50 mir Total cost to me after tax and after I get the rebates is -$11. Price on the box is $99.
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yes the tablet is a learning curve but if she has the skill set, it shouldnt take her long. If you can get her illustrator and encourage her, she could make good money.
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Not gonna take any encouragement. She loves to make new pictures. As of right now, she is better with the mouse, but is getting better with the tablet. I do plan on getting the illustrator software, but found the Corel for too good of a price. Also, I wanted to have something to wrap. Illustrator will have to be for Christmas
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