Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Paint/draw program

A friend uses SAI PaintTool for art (video demo). It's Japanese software, and what makes it special is that it uses vectors for the lines, and bitmaps for other stuff. (Normally "paint" apps use bitmaps, and "draw" apps use vectors.)
That's a really good idea, but it's Windows only, and it seems the program is not being updated anymore, and so on. So does anybody know a good paint app which uses vectors for the lines? Mac preferred, but I might get a Windose machine or install a simulator if I find a really good app.

I guess that while I do fine art, I don't do it in the naturalistic oil-painting tradition, but more in the modern acrylics tradition, more like comics or posters, lots of lines. So emulation of traditional media is not important to me.

I think Adobe Illustrator is quite powerful, but I think the interface sucks ashes, it always confuses the hell out of me.


Robb in Houston said...

The line tool in Photoshop is vector based. Maybe buying a large mounted 30x40 inch canvas and using a brush will work.

Pretty simple interface, too, I might add. :-)

Ganesha Games said...

The PS line tool is non pressure sensitive and a chore to use, while the linework tool in SAI is pressure sensitive. If you ever draw comics or illustrations, you generally want your outlines to reflect the pressure, slant and motion of the hand. SAI does this in a very simple way and auto-corrects any "wobbliness" resulting from drawing on a tablet or a screen/tablet.

In any case, you can't compare a $55 software like SAI, which is built for a very specific use, and Photoshop.

Robb in Houston said...

Something to reflect the slant, motion and pressure of the hand might well be a brush.

Van Gogh and Rembrandt did it.

In any case, you can't compare a $3 brush which you can use to paint on a canvas, or on a wall directly - or on bricks in an alley in NYC, or on your neighbor's car - to Photoshop.

Kim G said...

Did you see this:

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Thanks for the tip, I'll take a look.