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Freehand MX vs. Adobe Illustrator vs Corel painter

Posted 09 April 2011 - 01:16 AM

Was wondering does anyone recommend any of the aforementioned software. These pieces of software are all rather expensive, some cheaper than others, but i was wondering what the users on here might recommend and why. At the moment i am leaning toward Illustrator for no apparent reason. Would like some advice before i go out and spend $300 + on software.
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Re: Freehand MX vs. Adobe Illustrator vs Corel painter

Posted 09 April 2011 - 09:14 AM

It all depends what you want to do. Illustrator is vector art. All lines and splines and such. Good for logos and things that need not degrade with resizing. Painter is an interesting paint app that I snagged for $30 off fleabay. Okay but damn does it suck up resources.

Freehand Mx is, and I am quoting Adobe's site,

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No updates to FreeHand have been made for over four years, and Adobe has no plans to initiate development to add new features
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While we recognize FreeHand has a loyal customer base, we encourage users to migrate to the new Adobe Illustrator CS5 software


It's dead. There are some free alternatives Inkscape does vectors well... Gimp isn't bad either (though I am not sure if it's been updated).

As I said - it's all about what you are looking to do.
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Re: Freehand MX vs. Adobe Illustrator vs Corel painter

Posted 09 April 2011 - 10:01 AM

I detest gimp to be honest. I've not done any work with Inkscape but of all the designers I know none use it, they're all in Illustrator or Photoshop because of the better support and quality. Nothing against open source but it can't keep up with commercial software in most cases that have a funded research base.
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Re: Freehand MX vs. Adobe Illustrator vs Corel painter

Posted 09 April 2011 - 06:17 PM

Well yes, the funded commercial apps are surprisingly better polished, but those suggestions were offered up to encourage the OP to figure out what sort of "art" s/he wants to do. Which one tickles the fancy and what not.
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Re: Freehand MX vs. Adobe Illustrator vs Corel painter

Posted 09 April 2011 - 08:01 PM

If you intend to do hobbyist work then inkscape is enough but going pro you need to step up the software.
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Re: Freehand MX vs. Adobe Illustrator vs Corel painter

Posted 09 April 2011 - 08:10 PM

Yes, I am pretty certain that's been clearly established. Pro = commercial tools.
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Re: Freehand MX vs. Adobe Illustrator vs Corel painter

Posted 10 April 2011 - 02:54 AM

Im gonna check out all the demos and free trials of the programs i mentioned and the ones you have included in your posts. I will post my opinions of each once i have evaluated them.
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Re: Freehand MX vs. Adobe Illustrator vs Corel painter

Posted 10 April 2011 - 10:54 AM

Please tell us what *type* of art you are looking to get into. Where do you feel yourself being pulled?
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Re: Freehand MX vs. Adobe Illustrator vs Corel painter

Posted 10 April 2011 - 09:43 PM

would vector art be easier to apply as skins and textures than say another style?
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Re: Freehand MX vs. Adobe Illustrator vs Corel painter

Posted 11 April 2011 - 08:36 AM

Just a quick note... I think you mean Corel Draw not Corel Painter. Painter is an application comparable to Photoshop (as opposed to Illustrator) with a strong focus on being more lifelike (in terms of painting styles). Corel Draw on the other hand is a vector application, as are the other two.

Most people agree that Adobe Illustrator is by far the superior of all vector applications. I agree, however I would like to mention that Inkscape is a great open source equivalent.

Btw. A tad bit of history for you. Adobe acquired Aldus but due to the similarities between Freehand and Illustrator they decided to give the license back to the creators of Freehand - Altsys. They carried on releasing versions until Macromedia bought Altsys later on. Of course, Adobe then bought Macromedia, since then Adobe have not released any new versions (as far as I know).

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Re: Freehand MX vs. Adobe Illustrator vs Corel painter

Posted 11 April 2011 - 04:49 PM

Leaning a bit more towards the vector art
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Re: Freehand MX vs. Adobe Illustrator vs Corel painter

Posted 12 April 2011 - 02:33 AM

Vector is the one to go for if you want clean, scalable designs.

If you want designs with lots of effects and no need to resize, then maybe Raster would be the best choice.

I tend to choose like this:

Photomanipulation - Photoshop
Poster - Illustrator (unless the poster will be particularly full of effects then maybe photoshop)
Logo - Illustrator
Website Design - Fireworks
Character Design - Illustrator
Digital Painting - Photoshop
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