Essential software for painters, designers

With the best digital painting software, you can create fun and appealing digital designs and images. While it might not look like an image created with pen and ink or paint and paper, you still end up with a beautiful image.

Clip Studio Paint

Clip Studio Paint is a Japanese painting program. This software is best for manga, illustration and animation. While it does well in other areas, these categories are where this paint software performs the strongest.

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is one of the most popular names in the photo editing and digital painting industry. It is the standard tool for many students, graphic designers and illustrators. Photoshop is a powerful tool that gives you the resources to create or edit beautiful works of art.

Pixarra TwistedBrush

The Pixarra TwistedBrush series, including Pro Studio and Paint Studio, is digital painting software that is not shy on features. This application provides an outstanding selection of brushes and tools to help you create a variety of digital art projects. It stands out with its advanced selection of brushes, pencils and pens.

Corel Painter Essentials

Corel Painter Essentials is a scaled-down version of Corel’s professional Painter application, but for an introduction to digital drawing and to hone your skills, Painter Essentials is a great place to start. This software is for people who want to edit and create professional-looking digital art but don’t want to pay too much for software and don’t mind the absence of some of the expert features in professional-grade graphics software. Essentials is a functional art program at a fraction of the price of Corel Painter.

Xara Photo & Graphic Designer

Xara Photo & Graphic Designer contains all the expert tools and features to compete with high-end art software. Thankfully, you don’t need to be a professional to use this sketch software. It is very easy to use. Most drawing software has a sharp learning curve to become familiar with its interface and limits, but Xara is intuitive to use from the start.

Autodesk SketchBook

SketchBook Pro drawing software, developed by Autodesk, is one of the most user-friendly drawing programs available for PCs. This software clearly shows the available drawing tools and doesn’t require a steep learning curve to familiarize yourself with its process. It goes one step further with customisation. When you hover your mouse or pen over a brush, eraser or gradient tool, an additional option wheel will pop up, from which you can choose specific tools to match your project.

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