Raster (bought) [e.g. Photoshop, PaintShopPro, Painter]
Raster (free) [e.g. GIMP]
Vector (bought) [e.g. Illustrator, Corel Draw, Xara]
Vector (free) [e.g. Inkscape]
Vector (Symbol driven) [e.g. CC, Dunjinni]
Online Generator [e.g. City Map Generator, Fractal World Generator]
Fractal Generator [e.g. Fractal Terrains]
3d modelling [e.g. Bryce, Vue Infinite, Blender]
Scanned hand drawn maps
Drawing Tablet and pen [e.g. Wacom]
I use Adobe (formerly Macromedia) Flash Pro with some Fractal Terrains & CC3 post-production work. I don't have a tablet anymore, but prefer to use mouse more anyway on my lineart as my drawing hand is sometimes shakey while when I'm working with a mouse it's more accurate. Not sure why.
EDIT: Lol, fixed typo.
Last edited by Gowienczyk; 11-03-2008 at 04:23 PM.
I'm actually using Photoshop, but always working on hand drawn maps.
I still need to learn how to make it look "realistic" directly on photoshop..
I tried to work as well with archicad, dundjinni, fractal terrains.. But I couldn't do so much with them =/
Photoshop, Illustrator are now the primary tools. CorelDraw and Photopaint were former tools. Both were bought as student editions in penance for illicitly using both before.
Playing with CC suite. Gift of a friend lightening his load of material wealth. It's ok, but I like illustrator/coreldraw better for pure object art. I'll keep it for the symbols if nothing else. It's nice having clipart with a dedicated purpose.
The 3d programs? Bryce 5.5 free edition. duh. Blender I've played with a little but never devoted time to gaining 3d modeling skills. Sketchup would be more productive use of my time. Also have the 3.2 free version of Truespace but never really used it. Used 1.x before boolean logic was implemented. Though more limited, very user friendly in a playful Bryce sort of way.
Well I broke down and downloaded Inkscape to play with today... and wanted to beat myself for not doing it earlier. I haven't finished anything productive with it yet, but just a little piddling and following some youtube tutorials has shown me how handy this will be soon.
Seriously... less than an hour in to it and I had a working shield device and was already messing with lights and shadow on it... and that counts waiting on it to install. I think I can finally start working on faction and realm symbols for my campaign and finish several before tearing hair.
Oh yeah - Inkscape is the boss for symbols!
My tutorials: Using GIMP to Create an Artistic Regional Map ~ All My Tutorials
My GIMP Scripts: Rotating Brush ~ Gradient from Image ~ Mosaic Tile Helper ~ Random Density Map ~ Subterranean Map Prettier ~ Tapered Stroke Path ~ Random Rotate Floating Layer ~ Batch Image to Pattern ~ Better Seamless Tiles ~ Tile Shuffle ~ Scale Pattern ~ Grid of Guides ~ Fractalize path ~ Label Points
My Maps: Finished Maps ~ Challenge Entries ~ My Portfolio: www.cartocopia.com
Out of curosity... if I save an inkscape work as a .xcf it does realize that's a gimp file and I can open it... but it's flat... Is there a way to export it with layers?
Edit: nevermind... I seem to be able to copy objects in the clipboard from inkscape to gimp... handy.
Edit again: Or not... grrr...
Last edited by Notsonoble; 12-17-2008 at 10:27 PM.