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Get your questions answered here!

This thread is basically a compilation of some of the more useful place for all budding and professional artists alike. This will be split up into 2 sections, a dictionary containing the most commonly used terms in the digital art, and a rough introduction and help sites for your most common raster programs. There are always many more resources than I can find, so if you find any good ones, please do share. All of these were found with a google search, but still I’m compiling a useful set of links for your convinience.

There is also a set of general guidelines which you should try to adhere to whenever you are on this forums.

1) Guidelines
2) Resources and Tutorials for your Graphics needs!
3) Glossary
4) Need a request filled? Come here!
5) Have a Question?
6) Credits and Version information

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Guidelines you should try to follow in this forum

Read the behavioural guidelines found here

Do not flame or troll in this forum. Do not spam. Be civil and nice to others, even if you dislike them.

When critiquing work, try to follow the guidelines listed here. When doing critiques, don’t be rude and be polite and enforce the fact that it is your opinion.

Do not steal work done by other artists and take credit for it, Subsequently, do not ask an artist to suggest that you did his piece of work. Modification of other work done by other people that is subject to Creative Commons Licenses (like deviantART) must have permission granted before proceeding.

Always be polite and ask the original artist for permission before using his or her work. This is basic courtesy and would be respecting the original artist.

Do not pirate or suggest others to pirate software. The price of Photoshop now is because of selfish pirates. People who use pirated software should not deserve any credit for their work, no matter how excellent it is.

All work should be work safe, and refrain from offensive or crude material that can offend the younger users of this site.

If you are worried about copyright problems, you may upload your work on deviantART under a Creative Commons License or you may add a watermark. Tutorials are found here. (Photoshop GIMP Paint.Net )

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Art Resources: Links

In this section, I will compile and collate links to various helpful resources that should assist you in improving your own skills and abilities in whatever digital art based medium you choose.

In addition, I shall compile a set of resources, tutorials and other places that should assist you as much as possible.

Art community websites

GimpTalk [GIMP]
Get Paint.Net Forums [PDN]
National Sig League forums [PDN, GIMP, InkScape, PS]
Pixel Joint [Pixel]

Image Hosting websites



DeviantArt C4D Renders (Restrictions apply)

Stock Images

FringeFX Gallery


1001 Free Fonts
Abstract Fonts
Urban Fonts

GIMP – Tutorials

GimpUsers Tutorials
Gimp Guru Tutorials Tutorials

Paint.Net – Tutorials

Paint.Net Forums

Photoshop – Tutorials
DeviantArt’s Photoshop Tutorials group
PSD TutsPlus

InkScape – Tutorials

InkScape Tutorials WebBlog

Blender – Tutorials Tutorials
CG Tutorials (Blender)

Pixel Art – Tutorials

Derek Yu’s Pixel Tutorial
PixelJoint Tutorials
Mark’s Pixel Art Tutorial
Drububu Pixel Art Run-down

GIMP – Application Resources

DeviantArt GIMP Brushes
DeviantArt GIMP Plug-Ins/Scripts
GIMP Plug-In Registry

Paint.Net – Application Resources

Paint.Net Plugins

Photoshop – Application Resources

DeviantArt PhotoShop Brushes
DDeviantArt PhotoShop Patterns

Blender – Application Resources Resources

Miscelanous resources

Color Theory

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A compilation of as many terms that I can find as possible. If I left out anything please do point it out so I can add it in. Thanks to Sasms for bundles of useful effort!
Also, "color" is spelt "colour".

Abstract: Art that "uses a visual language of form, color and line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world". Source
Alpha-Channel: A channel that measures the opacity of each pixel in a layer. Used for managing transparency in an image.
Aperture: A photography term referring to "a hole or an opening through which light travels." Often refers to the size of the hole that lets light in in a camera. Source
Analogous Colour Scheme: Refers to a colour scheme where 3 colours next to each other on a 12-colour colour wheel are used as the dominant colour scheme in an image. See Colour Wheel, Colour Theory
Anti-Alias: Sometimes abbreviated as AA, it is basically smoothing out the lines to prevent the pixelated, grained out look. Often done automatically by the graphics program.
Avatar: A square or vertical rectangle image that appears next to a users posts in forums, and on their profile. Avatars are known for containing an abbreviation of their user name.

Background: The background of an image is the furthest back you could see. Generally the backdrop of an image, lying behind the focal and is the furthest visual cue. See Depth and Foreground
Blending Mode: A mode that allows you to blend in colors through manipulation, like dodge, multiply and inverting the colors.
Blurring: Blurring an image is making the shapes, lines and colours of the image less defined. Generally used to create depth perception.
Brush: The tool, primarily used for creating smooth edged strokes, that is used for just about everything in art. Brushes vary in shape, size, and purpose. Custom brushes are available by downloading from other sites. Some custom brushes act as "stamps" to imprint a shape or style on the image.
Burn:Burning is used to darken an image or a section of an image. May be used to create a charred feel to the image. See Dodge.

Canvas: The working space of your graphics editor.
Character: This terms refers to text, but more specifically, the symbols (letters, numbers, punctuation, ect.) that make up text.
Cinema 4D (C4D): A rendering program that can be used to create abstract images often used in signatures. The term "C4D" can reference to either the program itself or the type of abstract images the program renders for signature work.
CMYK: Stands for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key Black. The common colour scheme used for printing. See RGB
CnC: Comment and Criticise/Critique
Composition: The art of placing components of a piece together to achieve a desired effect.
Colour Histogram: Refers to "a representation of the distribution of colors in an image." Source
Colour Theory: Term refers to mixing of colours in visual arts. Often refers to the knowledge in mixing and matching colours. Greater information here
Colour Wheel: A colour wheel is a wheel of colour used to assist in choosing colours for an image. See Colour Theory
Complimentary Colours:Loosely defined as opposite colours in a colour wheel. See Color wheel
Content Aware: Refers to the "Content Aware" feature of Photoshop CS5.
Contrast: Refers to "the difference in visual properties that makes an object (or its representation in an image) distinguishable from other objects and the background." Source
Crop: Cropping an image is to select a region of the image and cut it out so that the section you chose becomes your canvas.
Curve: A curve is the "remapping of image tonality, specified as a function from input level to output level, used as a way to emphasize colours or other elements in a picture." Source

Defringing: When Photoshop automatically detects and removes the matting around a select group of pixels, generally after extracting it. See Extraction, Matting (Sasms)
Depth: Refers to the creation of a perspective that has vanishing point or a definite feel of something fading into the distance.
Digipainting: Painting done digitally. Usually with a tablet.
Distort: Means to deform or vary the original appearance of something.
Dithering: It is the method of placing pixels of differing colors close together to make it look like a blended one when zoomed out. Used to get more color out of a limited palette or used in pixel art to create texture and depth.
Dodge: Dodging lightens out an area. This tool is used in conjunction with the burn tool to manage and emphasis lighting. See Burn

Eraser: This tool is used for deleting part of an image or layer to make it completely transparent or “erased”. Must be done with an active alpha channel.
Eyedropper: Tool used to pick out a color from an image
Exposure: Photography term that refers to the length of time light is allowed through the lens.
Extraction: An extraction is the act of cutting out a certain portion of an image (that is desired), leaving behind a transparent background. (Sasms)

F-Number: Phtography term. Also known as focal ratio, it refers to the "focal length divided by the "effective" aperture diameter." Source
Focal Length: Photography term. Utilised when describing magnification. More information here
Focal Point: The main focus of an image.
Font: The style of the text.
Foreground: At the front of the image, where it is above everything else. Normally is the focal or in front of the focal. See Depth and Background.
Fractal: Refers to an image that has infinitely repeating geometric shapes. Often created through a tool like Apophysis. Frequently used as effects in Tags. For example, the Mandelbrot Set Fractal
Frame: A still image, often used in animation or Actionscript.
Filter: Filters are tools that replicate specific effects on an image in an image editing program. Filters are things like Gaussian Blur (GIMP).
Flow: Term referring to directional flow in an image.

Gradient: Gradual change of colors.
Gradient Map: Colours the image using the current gradient selected. Often used for colour adjustment.
Grunge: Texturised art style.

Histogram: See Image Histogram and Colour Histogram
Hue: Defined as "the degree to which a stimulus can be described as similar to or different from stimuli that are described as red, green, blue, and yellow (the unique hues)". Source. See Saturation

Image Histogram: Refers to “a graphical representation of the tonal distribution in a digital image.” Source. See Colour Histogram
Indexed Color: A GIMP image mode that uses a palette for colors. Only the colours of this palette will be used. This is a useful mode for many form of iconic images and emoticons.

Large Piece (LP): Refers to large images, often used as screen wallpapers or as large digital poster work.
Layer: Image buffer that separates part of an image from everything else.
Lighting: Refers to the addition of "light" in an art piece to give the illusion of shadows and depth.
Liquefy/Liquify: Refers to the Liquefy feature in recent Adobe Photoshop versions, which has a range of tools to distort a bitmap image; including swirling, bloating and extracting different parts of the image. See extraction (Sasms)

Matting: Refers to the thin border of pixels left around an image with a transparent background, generally after extraction. See extraction (Sasms)

Noise: Adding noise to images give your image the appearance of static. Generally undesirable in photographs.

Opacity: Refers to how hard it is to see through something. The higher the opacity, the harder to see through.
Outline: A line that surrounds an image. Often used to make text sharper.
Oversaturation: Oversaturation occurs when the colours in an image are very bright. One of the biggest problems in choosing colour palettes in Pixel art.

Palette: Refers to a finite choice of colours for an image. Colour palettes are more commonly used in painting and pixel art. Can also refer to a physical palette, which is used for mixing paint in traditional media.
Path:Often refers to the Path Tool in GIMP which is used to draw bezier curves. The GIMP equivalent of the Pentool.
Pencil: Refers to a graphite pencil in traditional media, or the Pencil tool in digital programs. The latter often renders a digital brush's translucent areas opaque.
Pentool:Photoshop equivalent of the path tool in GIMP.
Photomanipulation: Manipulation of a taken photograph in a graphics program.
Pixel: A pixel is a single point on a raster image. Generally rendered as little squares. May also refer to the style of pixel art.
Pixelise: When you pixel-ise an image you make it so that it is pixel art, or a style much similar to it.
Pixel Aspect Ratio (PAR):A mathematical ratio that describes how the width of a pixel in a digital image compares to the height of that pixel. (Sasms)
Pixel Art: An art style where the art work is done pixel by pixel.
Plug-in: An add-on(extension) that can be downloaded to perform a specific task in the host application.
Puppet Warp: Refers to the feature in Photoshop which “you map a 2D Grid or Mesh over your shape and then define pivot points. Using these pivot points you can 'click and drag' to create some type of spline-interpreted rubbery shapes, or create more rigid transforms with wheel-type controls on each pivot.” Source (Sasms)

Raster: Refers to working with individual pixels of an image. Contrast against vector.
Render: Generally a term referring to a rendered image. Can be (erroneously) referring to an "extraction" of an image. See Extraction, Rendering (Sasms)
Rendering: Generating an image with the use of models or algorithms with a specific computer program. Common applications to generate 3D renders include Cinema 4D, 3D’s Max and Blender. (Sasms)
RGB Mode: Color image mode using Red, Green and Blue color channels. See CMYK
Rule of Thirds: A rule of thumb where if you divide a picture into thirds both horizontally and vertically, the intersections will form the main points of interest. An example.

Saturation: Refers to "the colorfulness of a color relative to its own brightness." Source. See Hue.
Shade: Refers to a mixture of a colour with black. See Tint
Sharpen: Sharpening an image makes it more crisp and less blurred. Over-usage of a sharpen filter may result in oversaturated or oversharpened images.
Signature: Often shortened as "sig", a signature is refers to the space below an user's forum post to literally sign a signature. Can also refer to images posted in this space.
Sketch: A rough outline of how a picture would look like. It may also refer to a picture done in the style of a sketch, like this. May also refer to the filter/plug-in that causes this effect.
Sprite: Small image often done by pixel art.
Smudging: The blending of colours or shapes together. Often results in indefinite shapes and lines. In digital art, it refers to the smudge tool or the act of smudging paint in a painting program. In traditional art, it refers to the usage of tools to smudge colour.
Stock: From "Stock Picture". A source image used to assist in the creation of another image.
Swatch: A custom color palette used in Photoshop. More information here and here.

Tag: Refers to an unique graphic that is posted in a forum post's signature area. Tends to have specific sizes and shapes.
Tablet: Hardware which recognises pen strokes and directly translates it into the computer. Digital version of pen and paper.
Texture: A texture is the perception of an image having physical feel. Often used to create more realistic effects of an image.
Tint: Refers to mixture of a colour with white. See Shade
Tone (Lightness/Value/Tonal): Tone refers to the subjective perception of the brightness of a colour. Read more here
Transparency: Refers to how easy something is to see through. The less transparent, the harder to see through.
Typography: An art form that looks at the placement of text and using text instead of brushes and filters to create an art piece.

Userbar: A thin rectangle often used to show that someone is part of a certain group.

Vanishing Point: Refers to "a point in a perspective drawing to which parallel lines not parallel to the image plane appear to converge." In other words, a point whereby perspective lines meet. Source
Vector: It refers to the usage of geometrical lines, curves and shapes in a piece of artwork. Done in a Vector editor like Inkscape. Lines are infinitely scalable.
Vexel: Vexel is a term that refers to vector-styled artwork done in a Raster editor rather than a Vector editor. See Raster, Vector

Watermark: Term used to describe text or logo faintly imprinted onto an image. May or may not be visible.
If you want to make an addition or make any changes, please do make a note
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Visual Arts Resources: Programs

Here are a list of art programs that I have tried and would be helpful to you as an artist. If you have any that you have found, do share!

Raster Editors

Microsoft Paint [Windows] [Proprietary]

MS Paint, as it is commonly known, is a fundamental raster editor. While skilled artists have been known to create amazing pieces of artwork in MS Paint, it lacks almost everything most common and modern raster editors have, like layers support and custom brushes. While it isn’t very effective as an raster editor for handling artwork, it is a very common tool for Pixel Art, which will be reviewed again specifically later.

Aviary Phoenix Tool [Windows] [Mac OS X] [Linux] [Free] [Online]

The Aviary Pheonix Tool is an image editing tool that runs natively in your own browser. It currently requires Adobe Flash to run, but it is quite handy for on the go image editing if you have access to the web but not your own machine. While well-featured, being run on Flash is one of its largest caveats.

GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) [Windows] [Mac OS X] [Linux] [Free]

One of the most comprehensive and full featured raster editors. GIMP is often marketed as a free alternative to Photoshop, and indeed, GIMP is relatively full featured to do almost everything Photoshop can do for the average user. While not a full replacement, and lacking the full set of useful tools that Photoshop has, GIMP is a good starting point for budding artists. Definitely worth a try if you are low on cash.

Paint.Net [Windows] [Free]

Paint.Net is another commonly known raster editor, but only exclusive to Windows operating systems. Relatively full featured and has similar applications to GIMP, but it may not be as flexible as other programs. Requires .Net Framework to run, which can be a caveat. A worthy program to look at if you are searching for an alternative to GIMP.

Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 5 [Windows] [Mac OS X] [Proprietary]

Adobe Photoshop CS5 is perhaps the most full featured and most well-rounded raster editing program you can get anywhere. Such a large slew of features also means that Photoshop has a huge price tag. It also requires slightly greater system requirements, as well as runs exclusively on Windows and OS X, so Linux users are out of luck without WINE. Given its high price tag, it supports just about any feature you might want, short of drawing a picture for you. If you can afford it, go for it! If you can’t, maybe GIMP, Aviary or Paint.Net are more suitable.

MyPaint [Windows] [Mac OS X] [Linux] [Free] [Painting]

MyPaint is an open source program desinged to be an useful application for painters who wish to paint on their computers. MyPaint supports pressure sensitivity on applicable graphics tablets, as well as rudimentary layers support. Its large repositry of brushes, along with scalable brush sizes, makes it a very effective program. Its features, scarce enough without distracting the painter, while abundant enough to fulfil most of your needs, makes MyPaint an excellent raster editor geared for painters.

Corel Painter [Windows] [Mac OS X] [Proprietary] [Painting]

Corel Painter, is a completely full featured raster editor geared specifically for people who wish to make artwork based on traditional medias but with digital tools. It fully supports all Wacom graphics tablets, making it an ideal choice for painters, while having a host of other features that make it a very powerful tool. With all these features comes a relatively high price tag. While it may be expensive, it is definitely worth a look if you have the means to try it out. If it works well for you, you might find it justifying its price tag!

Vector Editors

Aviary Raven Tool [Windows] [Mac OS X] [Linux] [Free] [Online]

Raven, part of the Aviary graphics suite, is an online vector editing program. Like the other tools of the graphics suite, Raven relies on Adobe Flash to run, which makes it a handy tool to use when you can get online to use it. Overall, Raven is a useful tool, but it is not necessarily the most flexible to use.

Inkscape [Windows] [Mac OS X] [Linux] [Free]

Inkscape is an open source Vector editor. It allows you to create and edit SVG files. Quite full featured for an open source program, constantly being developed and improved. Definitely a good starting program to use if you are planning to dwell into the vector art, without the huge price tag of Adobe Illustrator.

Adobe Illustrator Creative Suite 5 [Windows] [Mac OS X] [Proprietary]

Adobe Illustrator CS5 is a full featured vector editor, exceptionally useful for creating vector graphics and images that can be scaled for web and icon design. Being part of the Creative Suite allows you to move between Illustrator and other Adobe Creative Suite programs, giving you easy access to the best features of each program. Despite its high price tag, it is well featured enough if you can justify the cost.

Pixel-Art Specific Applications

Microsoft Paint [Windows] [Proprietary]

While MS Paint does not excel well as a raster editor, it excels quite well as a program for Pixel Art. As MS Paint’s features are quite rudimentary, the program distracts a Pixel Artist less from his work, while providing most of the tools that a Pixel Artist will require to finish his piece. While not the most recommended piece of software for Pixel Art, MS Paint should not be discounted as a viable program.

Graphics Gale [Windows] [Free] [Shareware] [Proprietary]

Some Pixel Artists swear by Graphics Gale, and with good measure. Graphcis Gale shares similar features with most other raster editors, but specifically geared for Pixel Artwork. The free version of Graphics Gale should be sufficient for most needs, but you will have to pay for the full version of the program in order to access all its features (such as GIF file editing and creation). For the average Pixel Artist, Graphics Gale is an effective tool and definitely worth a look if you want something simpler than GIMP or Photoshop but more complex than MS Paint.

Pixen [Mac OS X] [Free]

Pixen is another tool geared specifically for Pixel Artwork, and has anti-aliasing disabled by default. Completely free, it gives you access to animation tools and other useful things that set it apart as a Pixel Art program. Unfortunately, it only runs on OS X, so Windows users are out of luck.

Animation Tools

Pivot Stickman Animation[Windows] [Free]

Pivot is a commonly used stickman animation program. It has limited features, geared dominantly to animating stickmen than for graphics animation. Undoubtedly, you can create excellent animations given the effort, but it lacks enough features to make it anything more than what it was originally designed for.

Adobe Flash Professional Creative Suite 5[Windows] [Mac OS X] [Proprietary]

Adobe Flash is not just an effective tool for making Flash games, but is also an excellent platform for animation work. You can create both .swf and .gif animated files in Adobe Flash, and the software itself is completely geared to assisting you in both file formats. A full featured program, natively supporting vector artwork, as well as allowing you to integrate work from other software, Adobe or otherwise, makes this program an effective tool for animation work. A very expensive program, but definitely worth a good look!

3D Modeling and Rendering programs

Blender [Windows] [Mac OS X] [Linux] [Free]

Blender is most well known as a completely free 3D content creation program. Blender supports 3D Modeling and Rendering, even allowing you to animate some of your models if you are interested. Used both in personal homes and professional studios, along with an extensive community, Blender is, undoubtedly, the most recommended starting program for all budding artists interested in 3D modeling. Definitely worth a try, and definitely the best free program out there for this type of work!

Cinema 4D [Windows] [Mac OS X] [Proprietary]

Cinema 4D, popularised by tag artists, is a well established 3D modeling and rendering program. While commonly used to render abstract images, Cinema 4D is much more than that. As a 3D modeling tool, it can give you more features and greater control over what you want to model. Given Cinema 4D’s feature set, it is not a free piece of software. If you are interested in 3D modeling, and want to take it up a notch from Blender, givie Cinema 4D a trial run!

Autodesk Maya [Windows] [Mac OS X] [Linux] [Proprietary]

Autodesk, the software firm behind AutoCAD, is well known for Maya. Maya itself is one of the most established 3D modeling programs, well known for being able to render, animate, model and composite 3D images. Used extensively across the world by professional firms, Maya even supports Linux! With all the features that Maya supports, you are going to have bite down on a humongous price tag. Perhaps out of reach for most people, but definitely one of the best programs you can get!

RAW File Editing [Photography]

RawTherapee [Windows] [Mac OS X] [Linux] [Free]

RawTherapee used to be proprietary software, but now has opened its doors to open source development. RawTherapee utilises the dcraw library in order to access RAW files, and supports any camera that dcraw supports. RawTherapee can decode and export your RAW files, as well as help you with doing some post-processing editing work. Not the most full featured, but definitely useful as a free program!

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom [Windows] [Mac OS X] [Proprietary]

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is specifically designed and geared for photographers. Promoting non-destructive editing, Lightroom contains tools that are fundamental to photographers. Supporting useful tools such as lens adjustment and noise reduction, Lightroom is undoubtedly one of the most functionable tools for photographers to handle RAW files. Like its Adobe family bretheren, the high price tag may be off putting, but if you can afford it, definitely worth a shot!

Apple Aperture [Mac OS X] [Proprietary]

Aperture, specifically designed by Apple for OS X, is another handy and useful tool for photographers. Aperture assists you in importing and exporting RAW files, as well as helping to organise and edit your files. It can open Photoshop PSD files, as well as supports other file formats. Additionally, Aperture can export your pictures to social networking sites! While it may not be as fully featured as Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, Aperture makes a decent alternative if you are running on OS X. At a lower cost than Lightroom, Aperture is worth a second glance if you are on OS X.

Miscellaneous Programs

Terragen [Windows] [Mac OS X] [Free] [Proprietary]

Terragen has established itself as quite a popular scenery generator. While it lacks the flexibility of other well established 3D modeling programs, Terragen makes generating 3D landscapes much easier. Terragen Classic, the free version, is completely free for personal use. Terragen 2, the proprietary version, is relatively full featured for what it has been designed to do. If you are interested in rendering landscape scenaries, Terragen is a tool you should try out!

Apophysis [Windows] [Free]

Apophysis is a free fractal flame generator. Fractals are often used as effects, and they can be extremely appealing to the eyes. Apophysis allows you to create fractals in your own home with more precise control than a normal raster editor. As a free piece of software, Apophysis is quite useful as a fractal generator. Unfortunately, only Windows is supported.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What’s a good free graphics editor program to use?
The most commonly used editor with similar capabilities to Adobe Photoshop is GIMP, or the GNU Image Manipulation Program. Some people also prefer to use Paint.Net, but if you want a something as powerful as Photoshop, GIMP is your best bet.

How do I remove the background of an image?
This process of removing the focal of an image from the background is called rendering. If you are using a .jpeg image, it is required for you to add an alpha channel so that you can have transparency. Rendering tutorials for GIMP can be found here and here.

Why won’t my animated avater work on Kongregate?

Kong is quite finicky with animated avatars. DrDeth observes that you should use these settings:
1. Exact Palette, 256 Colors (Adobe Fireworks)
2. Uncheck “Crop Each State” in the animation tab (Adobe Fireworks)
The settings I use in Fireworks now are Exact Palette, 256 colors, and most importantly, under the animation tab in options in the save dialog, uncheck Crop Each State.
Alternatively, other observations to getting it work include:
1. Making sure the .gif file is 40×40 in dimensions
2. Try it with less than 21 frames

What Image file formats are there?

Bitmap (.bmp): File formating supporting 1, 4, 8 or 24-bit color. Native format of Microsoft Paint.

JPeg (.jpg): File format that uses lossy compression to reduce the size of an image. Common file format.

Graphics Interchange Format (.gif): File format that supports monochromatic transparency and can be animated.

Portable Network Graphics (.png): Commonly used for images as it uses lossless compression. Supports transparency.

Photoshop (.psd): Photoshop’s native file format. Saves layers and is suggested to save as this format in case of requirement to edit the image.

GIMP (.xcf): GIMP’s native file format. Similar to PSD.

Paint.Net (.pdn): Paint.Net’s native file format.

Raw image files: Often referred to in photography. These files act as digital negatives.

Tagged Image File Format (.tiff): File format for storing images, under the control of Adobe Systems.

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Credit #1
Credit #2
Credit #3 Layer Blending modes.
hokage4354 Brush, Pencil, Burn, Smudge, Filter, Crop, Eraser, Pen, Eyedropper, Distort, Noise, Pixelize, Sharpen, Blur, Texture, Indexed color, Avatar, Font Section.
BlargElite Plug-In
Jindo Critiquing
CX4200 : CC Licenses
Sasms (FringeFX Gallery Link, FringeFX Link, Multiple Definitions)

Version Information

Version 0.9 Basic outline and the most important 3 topics done. FAQ and Directory links to follow.
Version 1.0 Directory completed. Awaiting filling for FAQ, Resources and Glossary.
Version 1.01 Added layer blending mode information in General Resources and rendering in FAQ
Version 1.02 Added Creative Commons link, fixed some grammer and spelling issues (glare at Kryn)

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Awesome stuff. Maybe you should have a section for types of art?

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My first draft had it, but it was too time consuming to do. I will gladly add in more sections through hyperlinks and other posts as the thread grows, but overall I wanted a thread for a compilation of resources.

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add Outline to the glossary.

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Wow, this is great. I think it deserves to be a sticky.

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plug-in could be in there

also userbar

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Maybe add “Flow” as well.

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When adding new content, please give a discription I can work on. I can’t define everything!

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lol, you don’t have transparency.

also, credit #1 is a broken link.

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Added a little bit more. Still need to fill in the glossary with more terms.

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W is for watermelon.

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Yay! Its Stickied!

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Anything I should add Aldrin?

Your the Photoshop expert here.

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It looks great ^^

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Nice one Lax =]
Thanks for including me.

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Maybe add the BEST critiquing thread

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and add the Art Store!

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Hey Laxaria, here’s the words that I suggested: (with definitions)

Brush:The tool, primarily used for creating smooth edged strokes, that is used for just about everything in art. Brushes vary in shape, size, and purpose. Additional brushes for art programs can be downloaded at sites such as deviantART.
Pencil:This tool is similar to the brush, except that the transparent spots on pencils have rough edges surrounding it. Any brushes downloaded will also be available for pencil use.
Burn:Burning is used to darken an image or a section of an image and can give the image a charred or burned appearance.
Smudge:Smudging is a tool that allows you to drag a section of a image to make it look either distorted or blurry. It can also give an image a “droopy” appearance.
Filter:Filters are used to give an image or a layer of an image a certain appearance. Various filters serve different purposes.
Crop:Cropping an image is to select a region of the image and cut it out so that the section you chose becomes your canvas.
Eraser:This tool is used for deleting part of an image or layer to make it completely transparent or “erased”.
Pen:Using the pen is great for doing line art or to outline something. The flexibility of this tool is excellent for drawing.
Eyedropper:The eyedropper is used to select a certain color of an image so that you may use the same colors again, or get the exact colors of something you see.
Character:This terms refers to text, but more specifically, the symbols (letters, numbers, punctuation, ect.) that make up text.
Distort:Means to deform or vary the original appearance of something.
Noise:Adding noise to images give your image the appearance of being on a television (static).
Pixel-ize:When you pixel-ize an image you make it so that it is pixel art, or a style much similar to it.
Sharpen:Sharpening an image makes it more crisp.
Blur:Blurring an image is similar to smudging it, except that the original pixel location doesn’t change.
Texture:Different textures can vary, but textures are generally used at the finish of an image to give it an overall appearance.
Sketch:Is a type of filter that gives your image a artsy type of appearance.
deviantART:A community consisting of artist from all over the world with different art styles. Membership of deviantART is free, and offers a large about of community features and profile options.

Do you think you could mention how many words and definition I contributed next to my name? (18 total for me)