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Raster Based Art Software

Adobe Photoshop- $699, Free 30 Day Trial
Photoshop may be all you ever need. You can paint, edit images, draw sprites and much more.

Gimp - FREE
This is a good alternative to Photoshop if you want to go the free route.

Krita - FREE
A sketching and painting program, intended for concept art, texture or matte painting, illustrations and comics.

Pyxel Edit - $9
Pyxel Edit is a pixel art editor designed to make it fun and easy to make tilesets, levels and animations.

Aseprite - $14.99
Animated sprite editor and pixel tool.

Corel Painter - $399
If you are hardcore into painting, Painter will give you some features Photoshop lacks.

Art Rage - $25
A good alternative for making fine art pieces.

Paint - FREE
Another free alternative.

Vector Based Art Software

Adobe Illustrator - $599, Free 30 Day Trial
Illustrator is preferred if you are drawing in vector format. You can import vector art originally generated in Flash, which is handy if you want to put something on a t-shirt.

Inkscape - FREE
Inkscape is a free and open source software vector graphics editor. Its goal is to implement full support for the Scalable Vector Graphics 1.1 standard.

Sumo Paint - FREE
A browser based drawing program.

3D Art Software

Blender - FREE
Used in The Secret of Kells.

Maya - $3495, Free Trial
Used in Ice Age and James Cameron's Avatar.

3D Studio Max - $3495, Free Trial
Used in I-Robot and X-Men.

Softimage - $2995, Free Trial
Used in Street Fighter IV.

Modo - $995
Used in District 9.

ZBrush - $595, Free 30 Day Trial
For modeling only, no animation. Good for intuitively painting on textures and color.

Mudbox - $745, Free Trial
For modeling only, no animation. Good for intuitively painting on textures and color.

Swift3D - $249
Allows you to create and/or animate 3D objects and export for Flash. We recommend creating your initial models with alternative software.

Other Art Software

GraphicsGale - FREE
Pixel Art software.

Apophysis - FREE
A 3-D fractal program that can also be used for animating dynamic fractals.

Drawing Tablets

We recommend Wacom tablets, particularly the Bamboo Fun for $199 if you are on a budget or the Cintiq if you are totally pro.


Also see our Art Tutorials!

Special thanks to Art101 for organizing a number of these software suggestions!