Afordable Vector & Bitmap software: Affinity photo and Affinity Designer

Discussion in 'Level Design' started by colette_levesque, Apr 4, 2016.

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What software do you use to create your graphics?

  1. Photoshop

    54.1%
  2. Illustrator

    40.5%
  3. Pixelmator

    18.9%
  4. Gimp

    10.8%
  5. Inkscape

    13.5%
  6. Other

    10.8%
  7. I outsource

    5.4%
  8. I buy images online

    13.5%
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  1. colette_levesque

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    I am a subscriber of the Adobe Creative Cloud so i have access to Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, but if i didn't, i'd give these 2 options a try. They cost about $50 each and there is no subscription. They seem to be fully compatible with .ai and .psd format and seem very powerful.

    https://affinity.serif.com/en-gb/

    Affinity photo and Affinity Designer.
     
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  2. VectologyGames

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    Really the question is how serious are you about graphic creation? When it comes to asset management, plugins, and overall user experience, stick with Adobe products.
     
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  3. brakewind723

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    I agree with Vectology.
     
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  4. Deliverbo

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    GIMP and Inkscape work just as good as anything else out there.
    And they are both
    FREE :)
     
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  5. VectologyGames

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    Not true. There is a reason these products never took market share EVEN while being a free product.
     
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  6. Andy

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    What about Corel? Arguably the best software for vectors. ;-)
     
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  7. VectologyGames

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    Sometimes...
     
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  8. colette_levesque

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    I agree Vectology, which is why, as a trained graphic designer in the industry, i use Photoshop and Illustrator, but some people really can't afford the pro tools so it's nice to offer suggestions. If i had very little money I'd appreciate the suggestions.

    If i had little money i'd get a free tool or one i suggested. As far as asset management goes, it's nice to have that in your software but if you're on a budget you can create a good folder structure with a strict naming convention. If you don't need to create clipping paths and use channels and all those other fancy features then these tools are fine. I think @trey uses Pixelmator to create assets for his games, proving that you don't necessarily need Adobe software to get the job done.
     
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  9. Deliverbo

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    Sure ps and ai have more in depth features.
    But I don't believe most graphic designers or 2d game makers would need those features.
     
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  10. dtanner2000

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    Affinity Designer for Mac also, good price and powerful tool for vector.
     
  11. Machine Rises

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    Inkscape is free. I used that to create my color switch graphics.
     
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    I do have very little money I do appreciate the suggestions! :) Much thanks Colette!
     
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  14. blufology

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    Affinity Designer for Mac is my choice for creating certain objects and adding 3D flair to others....especially when creating my game Icons.
     
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  15. brdchn25

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    Another good conversation. I use Photoshop, but also used Inkscape.

    I found that my skills stink at Photoshop and hired an Illustrator. I really don't want to get tied down on the graphics. I can make the buttons and other simple objects. To make it look professional I use a professional for the art.

    One of the Illustrators that I interviewed uses Illustrator claiming it saves him time. I have seen great work from many different Illustrators during my search and I think it really comes down to what you are comfortable with.

    I'm comfortable with spending a couple dollars and getting it done for me.
     
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    what about Luminar 2018? I use this for my photo edits, its like the application by apple a while back called Aperture or can be compared to Lightroom in the adobe world. is Affinity photo really like photoshop?
     
  17. SpoonCrysis

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    I am interested in the Affinity suite because both apps have iPad versions and I am a big fan of the apple pencil.
     
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  18. BrettNature

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    Affinity products are awesome and extremely cost-effective. I actually love Pixelmator, too.
    I've been using Adobe products before they took over Aldus and love them. However, they will cost you over $600 per year.
    I may give them the boot if Affinity Publisher turns out to be special which is sad. I went against the grain on Quark, too.
     
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    There are MANY Photoshop and Lightroom killers out there now. A major Photoshop update is extremely long
    overdue.
     

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