Techniques and Tips

The Artist’s Software Guide

The Artist’s Software Guide

Before you purchase software, check with the manufacturer to ensure the product is compatible with your computer’s operating system. (Note that many Windows-only programs can be run on Mac machines with emulation software.) Also, many programs offer a free trial version, or demo, so you can try before you buy.

Tools for Making Art

Adobe Photoshop
$649, Adobe

Free, GIMP

Adobe Photoshop Elements
$99.99, Adobe

Corel Painter X
$419, Corel

Poser Figure Artist
$99.99, E-Frontier

3D Virtual Figure Drawing Studio
$27.99, Cloudstars Software

ArtWorks Basic
$49.95, Artellmedia

Tools for Business

Artist’s Butler
$20, LynnSoft

$99, Software for Artists

$795, ArtSystems

$95, Archer Artist


Virtual Magnifying Glass
A free, open-source screen magnifier

An organizing tool that lets you edit and share photos online

An office suite with a word processor, spreadsheets and multimedia capability

Michael Chesley Johnson is a frequent contributor to Magazine. Read more about artist’s software in the July 2008 issue of the magazine.

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