What applications / plugins do you use for Photo-art
* ArtMasterPRO - www.fo2pix.com
* Buzz - www.fo2pix.com
* Corel Photo-Paint - www.corel.com
* Corel Painter - www.corel.com
* Corel Painter Essentials - www.corel.com
* Corel Paint Shop Pro - www.corel.com
* Deep Paint - (discontinued, but still available for download here) http://www.download.com/Deep-Paint/3...-10398243.html FREE!
* Paint Engine - www.fantasticmachines.com FREE!
* PhotoArtMaster - www.fo2pix.com
* Photo-Brush http://www.mediachance.com/
* Photoshop - www.adobe.com
* Photoshop Elements www.adobe.com
* Virtual Painter (use Google to find link(s))
What other applications, plugins, add-ons, etc. do you use (or wish you had) to generate photo-art? I could list more, but I'd rather leave it open for forum members to post their ideas. I'll probably add to the thread after it gets going.
What do they do that you especially like, find useful and/or you consider unique?
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If possible, please include links for the item(s) you mention.
So, what-cha got?
Last edited by DannyRaphael; 08-18-2006 at 08:15 PM. Reason: Updated links
This is a tough one for me to answer...for the most part I only use Photoshop and basic filters (unsharp, noise, blur, etc...). My approach towards digital art emphasizes source material over software (it's cheaper!). My scanner, digital camera and tablet are the three most important tools. I'll pretty much scan anything (literally!) - dead bugs, plants, food, artwork, photos, found objects, etc...
The best advice I can give, beyond any application or plug-in, is to build up a library of original images and scans. Traditional artists do this by keeping sketchbooks, which invariably get filled with everything from grocery lists to ink drawings. As you build up a "digital sketchbook", interesting images and projects will begin to suggest themselves! Plus, they are YOUR images, so you never have any fear of copywrite problems.
I feel like a moron for not having any good software suggestions...I guess I'm not a big fan of filters. There is a lot of software suggested here that intrigues me, but I'm of a mind to be a master of one rather than dabble in many,
Extra Photoshop filters: Eye Candy 3.1 and Paint Engine.
Other applications: Macromedia Fireworks and IrfanView.
Fireworks has some features that I can't duplicate in Photoshop. At least not yet. The problem with Fireworks is that it's primarily intended for web graphics. There is no memory allocation feature like Photoshop so when the file sizes get a little large, the program slows down quite a bit.
I found IrfanView from a link on this board. I have some folders on my computer with 50-60 images in them. With that many images I sometimes forget what they all are. IrfanView will make thumbnails for the entire folder in a very short time. I use the same technique for my image CD's.
I use Photoshop 7.0. I have Alien skin plug-ins but I don't use them much anymore because I find them to be one trick ponies. Besides there are a lot of built in plug-ins/filters in Photoshop that I have not yet learned to use effectively.
I also have Painter Classic which came with Graphire 2 drawing tablet. I have yet to learn what i can do (It has something to do with old dogs and new tricks) with it.
I got started in Paint Shop Pro because it was and still is cost effective. I honestly believe it is as good as Photoshop.
I use actions that I find on the web only to disect how it was done.
I don't feel I am experienced enough to recommend a particular plug-in or software. I recommend though, that you keep looking at websites like RetouchPRO where you learn more than any book can teach.
Don't forget about the good products at Extensis I personally have Intellihance Pro, Photo Tools ad Photo Frame.
Another great bunch of filters is the Flaming Pear filters You can create outer space scenes with Lunar Cell or add water to an existing scene with Flood. There's some very cool filters there.
Here's another one. I don't have it but it looks cool. It's called Photo Light by
Human Software If you check out their other products you will find some fantastic Photo art Plug ins. Like Photo Surface, Classic Frame and more.
Here's an interesting plugin I like and the price it right. It's called Art Texture by Ulead It's free and a it creates these fantastic colorful designs with infinate designs. You can't go wrong with this one. It's free and worth checking out.
Finally, I found this great Software that is absolutely free and is simular to Bryce. It can be a bit tricky to use and it's a stand alone program but the skys you can create are absolutely breathtaking. It's called
Terragen It's free and it's unlimited in what you can do with it. There are available plugins for it as well if you search them out. If you would like to see some images created in Terragen check out this thread and scroll down to the various attachments. I think you'll see the potential in combining the realistic looking effects in this program with your work in Photoshop etc.
Those are a few of the cool ones I've been able to find. Hope you like them.
For those of you who would like to get software like Painter or Paint Shop Pro but the price is prohibitive, you might want to check out this software. Or even if you have those programs and would like to check out other features that they might not have check this out. It's fantastic and it's free and there are tutorials and forums and art groups that are available to help you learn it. It's called Pixia and you can find it here.
It's originally written in Japanese so when you download it make sure you get the one in your language. I think you'll be amazed at the power of this program.
The newest plugin I have purchased is Image Doctor from Alien Skin Software....http://www.alienskin.com
I am finding I am relying on it more and more for restoration and retouching, for adding textures I turn to Splat also from Alien Skin.
I love the NIK Color fx filters and I purchased PenPalette from them just a week or so ago, which has its own set of filters and also will utilize all the other NIK filters.
Here's another bunch of Plug-ins
Others that may be of interest:
Andomeda - Etchtone, Screens, Cutline: www.andromeda.com
* Interesting effects, albeit somewhat on the spendy side.
AV Brothers - PuzzlePro: www.avbros.com/english/products.html
* Converts an image into puzzle pieces, (optionally) one piece per layer = ability to move, rotate pieces, selectively apply effects, etc. Number of pieces (L-R, up and down) can be specified as well as shape of pieces, characteristics of spaces between pieces, e.g., shadow, width, bevel, etc.
* Parents seem to really like the results.
Flaming Pear - India Ink, Mr. Contrast: www.flamingpear.com/products.html
* Flaming Pear has many popular plugins that can be used for Photo-based Art
Jasc - Virtual Painter: http://www.jasc.com/products/vpainter/
* Not much control over output, but definitely a unique set of effects -- some actually pretty good.
Panopticum - Engraver: http://www.panopticum.com/products.shtml
* Similar to Andromeda Cutline, but a lot less expensive
TheImagingFactory - Convert to Black and White PRO: http://www.theimagingfactory.com/
* One of my favorites for converting a color image to grayscale. It's like a combination of Channel Mixer (monochrome) + a bunch of adjustment layers to simulate filters -- all in one.
AutoF/X - Dreamsuite: www.autofx.com
* Kind of spendy for individual effects, but in some cases the results are extremely impressive.
XaosTools - Paint Alchemy, Segmation: http://www.xaostools.com/products/products.html
* Paint Alchemy is similar to Paint Engine. Has the potential to do amazing things, but interface is pretty non-intuitive.
* Segmation: Converts images to lineart, sometimes very well and sometimes, EEEK!
Free! Eliminate Black, Eliminate White, Whitewash: http://graphicssoft.about.com/librar.../aa000725a.htm
* Free and sometimes very convenient
* The last two are very similar. Check the About.com comparison.
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