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Re: Software????

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Melissa Enderle (
Thu, 5 Feb 98 20:02:18 -0600

Illustrator and Painter are two very different programs.
Illustrator is a vector-based drawing program. To draw or create an
image, you typically use the bezier curves. Because it is a vector
program, you are able to move, resize, flip, change orientation and many
other things with ease. To delete objects, you simply select them and hit
delete. With Photoshop, Painter and other painting programs, you have to
use an eraser or manually select them with a lasso and other similar

As a whole, painting programs tend to be more intuitive and more natural
for artists. In both Painter and Photoshop for example, the airbrush tool
behaves much like a real airbrush. With Painter, you have a multitude of
tools such as chalk, charcoal, watercolors, color pencil, etc. Chalk, for
example, interacts well with textured paper, as it brings out the grain.
Painter does have some capabilities both of Illustrator and Photoshop,
but I don't think it replaces either.

Photoshop is unrivaled for photo editing. You won't have much success on
the 16MB machines though. Color It! is much cheaper and can do many of
the basic things of photoshop.
If you're really looking cheap, look at the painting and drawing portions
of Claris Works. Being much more simpler, it is an excellent beginner

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