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Are there Other programs besides Corel Painter X That I can use my graphic design pen with? (by graphic design pen i mean these things)

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Photoshop CS2. Nothing better.


I use a Cintiq to do all my photoshop work. It's basically the same thing, So I have personal experience with it. I tried Corel Painter and hated the lack of features.

Photoshop is 700 bucks though. Not sure you'd want to spend that much.

Of course it is available *cough* some other places.....
    
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Photoshop CS2. Nothing better.


I use a Cintiq to do all my photoshop work. It's basically the same thing, So I have personal experience with it. I tried Corel Painter and hated the lack of features.

Photoshop is 700 bucks though. Not sure you'd want to spend that much.

Of course it is available *cough* some other places.....
I have Adobe Creative Suite 3. I Got it through my school, I wasn't aware I could use my pen with it tho..

Sweetness. Thanks
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Are there Other programs besides Corel Painter X That I can use my graphic design pen with?

I don't know about you, but I can use my wacom as a mouse, so that means any program. If you're talking about things like pressure sensitivity and erasing then the only other program I know of that does that is Photoshop.
    
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Photoshop CS2. Nothing better.


I use a Cintiq to do all my photoshop work. It's basically the same thing, So I have personal experience with it. I tried Corel Painter and hated the lack of features.

Photoshop is 700 bucks though. Not sure you'd want to spend that much.

Of course it is available *cough* some other places.....

+1 on Photoshop. CS3 is out btw.
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I don't know about you, but I can use my wacom as a mouse, so that means any program. If you're talking about things like pressure sensitivity and erasing then the only other program I know of that does that is Photoshop.

That's what I'm referring to. Thanks.

I've actually been looking into getting a better setup, You all have any recommendations?
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That's what I'm referring to. Thanks.

I've actually been looking into getting a better setup, You all have any recommendations?
That depends on how much you want to pay, and what you already have. I would recommend getting a Wacom though, they're like the intel of tablets.

I hardly ever use mine, so my 3x5 Graphire3 is just fine, but those Bamboo ones look pretty cool with those extra buttons and stuff, while still being under $200.

If you're serious into it, but don't want to break the bank then the Intuos has these changeable tips, just like using a fine point, a bezeled marker and others. These start at around $200 for the 4x6 and go up to $750 for the massive screen sized 12x19.

And if you want the Tri-SLI ultras of the tablet world then the Cintiq touchscreens, starting at $1000 for the 12" model, are your best bet.
    
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While I agree that Photoshop is a great program, I have to point out that it is NOT the same thing as Painter X. It is not even close to the same thing! Painter X offers paint brush emulations that Photoshop never dreamed of incorporating, as well as an advanced color blending palette. Photoshop and Painter X were intended for 2 entirely different purposes, and anyone who has ever held an actual paint brush would know that. While you can't really emulate the touch and feel of a real brush without spending an absolute fortune on hardware, Painter X offers blending techniques and styles that would be infinitely more comfortable for real artists.

If you are trying to create images that don't require the feel of paint, or are looking to do image editing, by all means go for Photoshop or something similar. If you want to use something that feels more like painting, try Corel's Painter's Essentials 4 (download version is about $70).

If you want free programs that will let you use a pen stylus, try GIMP, Artweaver, and my favorite freebie for natural-media, TwistedBrush (free edition.) All of them will allow you to use a pen stylus. There aren't as many filters as PS, but they are still very cool programs, and the price is right!
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