- Compatible with Windows Software
- Compatible with Mac OS.
- Compatible with Linux
- Compatible with iPod, iPad and iPhone
- Compatible with Android
- Can run on old or slow systems
- DA Tool
- Pre-Installed on your system
- Downloadable from the Internet
- Downloadable from an app store
- Usable in a Browser
- Downloadable content.
- MS Paint
Around since the first version of Windows, Paint has all the basics of Digital Art. It's mostly pixel based, allowing for detail.Good:
Pre-Installed as long as you have a Windows OS, easy to use, even has a textbox function that uses the fonts installed on your system.Bad:
Limited function, mediocre range of tools, poor quality and often creates "noise" when saving as a JPEG/JPG file. Also does not support animations or transparency.So what is it best for:
It's good for pixel art, creating maps or as a sort of scribblepad. Don't expect too much from this program as it's just a pre-installed piece of software made my Microsoft in the event where you have no Internet and are unable to use the good programs.What's the best File Extension:
Use Bitmap or PNG whenever possible. These extensions do little damage to your work by not adding noise and other crap. Bitmaps often treat your pictures as-is and therefore are high quality. Do NOT use JPEG!!! - Windows 3D Builder (Windows 8, 8.1 and 10)
Platform: Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 (confirmed)
A new program created yet again for convenience. It's a 3D Model builder.Good:
Pre-Installed, easy to use, and quite flexible. Lots of tools. You can even import your own image.Bad:
Compatibility restrictions, custom objects. Maybe a bit basic...So what's it best for:
3D Models, of course!How should I submit my model:
Before submitting, take a picture of the scene as a preview image. Save and upload the scene, using the screenshot as a preview image. Otherwise, just submit the screenshot. - Snipping Tool (Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10.)
Platform: Windows Vista (not confirmed) 7, 8, 8.1 and 10.
A fairly recent screenshot tool that allows you to take screenshots in any area you choose.Good:
Pre-Installed, easy to use, even allows for basic graffiti in the area you just captured.Bad:
Cannot be used on all the OSes in the world. That's pretty much it...So what's it best for:
Taking screenshots.Best File Extension:
I recommend you use Bitmap or PNG to get the best quality possible.
- Apache OpenOffice
Platform: Computer Operating Systems - Windows Mac OS and Linux
Basically a free version of Microsoft Office. Believe it or not, you can
use this program for Digital Art, along with MS Office. You'd want to use the Draw program in this case. I had this on my old, OLD laptop.Good:
Has similar functionalities to MS Office for free, compatible with older OSes and contains lots of great tools. Can handle images larger than the canvas. Office.Org can use files from MS Office, which is convenient if you can't afford MS Office.Bad:
Might take a bit of time to get used to. Also, it is a bit difficult to save your pictures.So what is it best for:
I'd say mostly collages, memes and shapework drawings (drawings you made by using shapes).How do I save my picture:
You'll wanna drag the cursor over your work to select it (Shift key doesn't work), copy it onto the clipboard, Paste it into Paint and save that file. Again, you want to use a PNG or Bitmap format.Site: www.openoffice.org/ Download: www.openoffice.org/dow…
- Tux Paint
Platform: Mac, Windows, Linux, and even other operating systems. Go to the site for details
Free painting software designed for kids. But it makes a great Digital Art Tool.Good:
Runs on many, many systems! Wide range of tools and effects, entertaining little sounds that play when using a tool and compatible with even old and slow systems.Bad:
Colour Picker is restrictive and does not allow you to change the Saturation, so you can't select greys and you can't resize your canvas. Also, you will have to set the save location to a certain file directory yourself through the Configuration tool or you won't be able to find your pictures. You also have to rename them in the file explorer/finder thing you use.Best Uses:
Desktops, scenes, special effects.Site: www.tuxpaint.org/ Download: www.tuxpaint.org/downlo…
- Krita (Desktop)
Platform: Windows (7 or newer), Linux, Mac OS X
An advanced digital art tool with lots of brushes, settings and modes.Good:
Lots of settings to choose from, including brushes, studio modes, draw modes, most of which I can't be bothered listing (too many!), awesome colour picker tools, great for the people who want to make some serious digital art, and not just crazy doodles using crappy MS Paint. It even has an instruction manual to make up for the complicatedness of the program. (See Bad
Really complicated to use - you'll have to have quite a bit of experience to actually perfect it. Lack of compatibility and if you're using a computer with Intel Graphics, the Open GL will cause the tool to crash, so you have to disable it in the Configuration thingy (good luck with that since the window will be so huge).Best Uses:
Any sort of advanced digital art, from cartoons to serious paintings. The potential of this app will be more than outweigh the lack of compatibility and the possible stress of trying to figure it out.Site: krita.org/en/ Download: krita.org/en/download/…
- Pivot Stick Figure Animator
Platform: Windows (98 or newer) but can run on Mac OS and Linux if you use Boot Camp (for Mac OS) or WINE Emulator (for Linux).
You can create animations using "stick figures" - objects made using lines and circles. You can use this to make animations and stuff. It can run on systems as old as 98, but you'll need a lot of RAM for longer animations.Good:
Easy to learn, can make your own "stick figures" and even import stick figures from GIF images. There are even two versions - a Classic version and an Advanced version.Bad:
Lack of compatibility, extra software offers (that may be flagged as malware), does not support sound.Best Uses:
Creating little animations, models, etc.How should I submit it:
You can save an animation as a .gif or as an Avi video, which can be edited in Windows Movie Maker.Site: pivotanimator.net/index… Download: pivotanimator.net/Downl…
- Windows Live Movie Maker
Platform: Windows 7 or newer.
A tool that can be used to create videos by combining pictures or other videos. You can even add your own sound.Good:
Easy to use, has a lot of other tools as well, including captions and transitions.Bad:
No longer supported, prone to security problems and any animated GIFs will be made static. You also can't overlap songs - you have to save the video first.Best Uses:
Creating videos and movies.Site: support.microsoft.com/… Download: www.softpedia.com/get/M… (Hint: click the download TAB just to the right of the Editor's review tab. Don't go clicking on any of the ads! Hope you've got anti-virus...) - DA Muro
Platform - Any device that can handle browsers.
DeviantArt provided us with this Digital Art Tool for convenience. It's more advanced than Paint and allows for a lot of possibility with it's wide range of tools.Good:
Easy to reach, convenient, wide range of tools and settings. Supports transparency and has so many layers for your convenience.Bad:
Requires Internet and is therefore subject to bugs and glitches, can't handle images bigger than 2000x2000px. Does not do pixels.Best Uses:
Sketches, doodles, cartoons and comics. - Piskel
Platform - Any device that can handle browsers.
I was looking for a spriting tool and came across this.Good:
Wide range of spriting tools and stuff, with frames, frame rate and transparent background.Bad:
Requires Internet, probably not suitable for non-computer systems.Best Uses:
Animated sprites and icons.Link: www.piskelapp.com/
You get to build "bots" and a lot of other stuff by combining shapes to form objects. You can make them any size, attach shapes to each other using different kinds of "joints", etc. etc. You can even change the environment the bots are in (also known as the "sandbox") and you can even interact with these bots in "simulation mode". How cool! There are tutorials for your benefit as well.
Wide range of tools, you can save locally and import/export "bot" codes. You can also make "challenges" and "replays" (videos) with it! It even comes in three versions. You can even download these games for your laptop!
Online content so you may experience glitches, etc. There's also not a lot of support for it anymore.
Car race games, RPGs, etc. A whole heap of things can be done with it.
Take a preview photo and upload it, along with the bot code and probably a link to the version you used.