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PROTIP: What App For What Chart 2014 by fox-orian PROTIP: What App For What Chart 2014 by fox-orian
UPDATE: Chart takes into consideration on some recent app updates and some altered opinions on previous apps. Most notably, the release of the absolutely fantastic new Manga Studio 5, which has changed my perception of both Photoshop and SAI compared to the old chart. Give it a look at!

NOTE: These star ratings are pit only against each other relatively, not every app on the market!
NOTE2: My opinions on COREL PAINTER are NOT based on the latest version, X3, which I have not used yet.

I keep seeing lots of debates about what program should be used for what. This is different than the Filetype tutorial I did, where this is dealing with the type of work being done, versus export purpose.

I’m not claiming this chart I made is gospel, but it should give a pretty good idea on what the strengths are of each particular program are based on some basic needs and parameters.

(Of course, your mileage may vary on these ratings.)

By the way, this chart is totally a rip on the old Speed/Accel. chart in the Super Mario Kart instruction manual. (See page 25.)

WHERE'S GIMP????????? (or --other program here--)
I've never ever used Gimp before. I have no professional experience or informed opinion on the program. Thus, I will not list it here since I have no history with it.
On the plus side, Gimp is free -- so why don't you go give it a try and see for yourself? You have nothing to lose!
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favmir 6 days ago  Hobbyist
Clip studio would be pretty much the same with Manga studio I guess? :) And it has an awesome price too!
Hooo doggy!
Thanks so much for this. I was humming and hawing over if I should get Manga studio 5 or not but reading this simple guide really helped!
What are the differences between 5 and EX 5 for manga studio? I have played around with EX 5 but not just with 5.
FXMorph Mar 31, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you for this
SSJ-Videl Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist
Niceee <3
Koogleblitz Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i cant believe so many people use photoshop instead of MS5 given the the gap between their prices. it is simply an injustice.
favmir 6 days ago  Hobbyist
Ikr? Photoshop's price was simply ridiculous, it's MS-tier ;)
Quite an informative piece. Thanks!
By the way, any suggestions about tutorials to start trying Manga Studio? I got really interested.
KahzZzZz Mar 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
quite informative
oKaShira2 Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love you! ^v^
Cetriya Mar 3, 2014  Student General Artist
seems no one is using Illuststudio?
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