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PostSubject: MY LIST & INFO OF FREE ARTISTIC PROGRAMS   9/3/2012, 02:27

Okay, so I wanted to post this to share some Hopefully helpful information with those who want to start editing their images for modeling competitions or anything else. There ARE several FREE artistic programs available! I have listed below some of the sites I find helpful or useful.

EASILY CUT-OUT IMAGES: (Special Thanks to Mamajananay for this find!!!)
Hey Amy, I came across this site that is really easy to use for cutting out pictures/screenshots.

clipping magic (This program is no longer free)

There is no downloading, click on the link, choose the photo you want, when it loads up it gives you two of the pictures you uploaded. The one on the left is the one you mark, the right side helps when doing your final editing and will show you your downloadable result. See my pictures below:

before cutting


during editing




finished result


you can zoom in to get really close to get into all those tight spots, around fingers, hairs, etc. I absolutely love this program as Gimp and I are like oil and vinegar! LOL

FREE IMAGE SOFTWARE: FREE is Always Nice  Laughing

GIMP 2.6 (Link Below)
http://www.gimp.org/  ***The Official Site***
(You can also download a Gimp manual here in your language)
***EDIT: 2.8 is now available (has all boxes together now)***

Other site links for Gimp (there are many more, these are just 2 I use)
http://download.cnet.com/GIMP/3000-2192_4-10073935.html  
***I like to use this 1 because it gives a little info that explains a little about Gimp
http://getgimp.com/lp/index.php (this one also gives a little info too)

GIMP 2.7.5
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Graphic/Graphic-Editors/GIMP.shtml

NOTE: YOU CAN ACTUALLY HAVE BOTH 2.6 & 2.7 INSTALLED AT THE SAME TIME (I actually have both on my pc & both work)

GIMP PLUG-INS: http://www.techzilo.com/gimp-plugins/
NOTE: I like using this link because it has several different links for other helpful Gimp tools, +1400 Gimp brushes, Gimp tutorial links, designing, plugins, etc. You can also click on the "Related Sources" column on the left-hand side of the page for specific instructions on "how-to" install scripts, brushes, etc. into your Gimp (sort of like installing cc in your game Mods & Package folders) ***This is really helpful if your plug-ins didn't/don't install with your Gimp download (like mine didn't originally)

Paint.net
Link below
http://www.paint.net/
This will take you to the link for installing paint.net & then you will be able to open from your desktop icon that will appear once you've finished installing.
COST: FREE

Magic Xtreme
Link below
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Graphic/Graphic-Editors/MAGIX-Xtreme-Photo-Designer.shtml
(I like using this link because once again it gives a little info on what this does...there area other sites you can download from too)
COST: FREE

Here is a link to Creative Nerds with a list of *25 FREE MUST DOWNLOAD PROGRAMS*
http://creativenerds.co.uk/freebies/25-free-must-download-design-programs/
(I have this bookmarked, lol)
Below is a list of the free creative software downloads that are available there:
IMAGE EDITING
1. Paint.net                                
2. Gimp 2.6.6                            
3. Xara Xtreme                          
4. Active Pixels                          
5. Paint Star                                
6. Picassa 3.1 Build 71.43
7. Art Weaver
8. VCW ViMan's Photo Editor
9. Photo Pos Lite
10. Magix Xtreme Photo Designer
ILLUSTRATION DESIGN PROGRAMS
11. Inkscape                                
12. Draw Plus4                          
13. Karbon                                    
14. Insight Point
15. Smooth Draw17. Spray vector generator 1.1
16. Pencil 0.4.4b
17. Spray vector generator 1.1
3D MODELING
18. Blender
19. K-3d
20. 3D Plus 2
21. Google Sketch up
22. 3D Canvas
ANIMATION PROGRAMS
23. Synfig
24. Touch Art
25. anim pixels
NOTE: Many of these programs are VERY user friendly & easy to navigate/understand & ALL ARE FREE.

GOOD PROGRAMS/BUT NOT FREE:
COREL PAINT SHOP PRO X4
REG. PRICE: 99.99/US
COREL SITE PRICE: 59.99/US (Link below to Corel site)
http://www.corel.com/corel/product/index.jsp?pid=prod4220093&storeKey=us&trkid=NASEMGglDM#tabview=tab1&LID=59882798
*COREL ALLOWS YOU TO DOWNLOAD A FREE-TRIAL OF THEIR SOFTWARE (You can even download the much more pricey artistic programs!)*
AMAZON PRICE: 44.00-49.99/US (Link to Amazon below)
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=corel+paint+shop+pro+x4&x=0&y=0

NOTE: I actually really like Corel Products/Software....I have several of their programs. (I do have Corel PaintShop Pro X4)

PHOTOSHOP
Link below
http://www.photoshop.com/ (PhotoShop CS5)
PRICE: 699.99/US
***PS ALLOWS YOU TO DOWNLOAD A FREE-TRIAL OF THIS SOFTWARE***

NOTE: I do not have this one.....Isla would probably be best to give the benefits of using this & also which PhotoShop is good to use

I just wanted to share these sites & information. Hopefully this is helpful to someone. You CAN do editing if you want to WITHOUT spending money. I personally have: Paint.net, Magix Xtreme, Corel Paint ShopPro X4, Gimp 2.6, and Gimp 2.7.5 installed. Each program will have its own unique ups & downs....just go with the one YOU like best. NOTE: Most tutorials for the Sims are usually done for either Gimp or PhotoShop though. So you will probably figure many things out on your own, but it's fun to learn new things!!! (or maybe it's just me who likes to learn, LOL) Also, although I do have some of the programs....I have NOT edited yet for the competitions I have been in. Nothing to do with the programs....more to do with my lifestyle & available time. I personally am one of those that get VERY into what I'm doing...so if I can't give something my full attention I tend to like to wait until I can.

flower If there is anything in-accurate about PhotoShop or any of the other links, etc. that someone has differently....please just post.  flower




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PostSubject: Re: MY LIST & INFO OF FREE ARTISTIC PROGRAMS   9/3/2012, 08:59

This is great Amy thankyou so much for doing this

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PostSubject: Re: MY LIST & INFO OF FREE ARTISTIC PROGRAMS   9/3/2012, 17:02

With regards to Gimp, I have Version 2.6 & I have been trying to add the 64-bit plug-in for .dds files for ages now. I cannot understand how to do it even though I've looked at posts on how to. Inside the downloaded folder is : application, text doc & another folder called 'sources' which contains a BZ2 file & a WIN32 file. Can anyone help me please?? crys Maybe the thing I've downloaded is not right?


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PostSubject: Re: MY LIST & INFO OF FREE ARTISTIC PROGRAMS   9/3/2012, 18:13

@ Amy - thanks so much for this hun! I'm sure this'll be so useful for people looking for free editing software! Very Happy

As for Photoshop, I've got CS5 - and that's the only version I've ever had! I've got some photoshop tutorials on the go for anyone who does have it, just need to finish writing them up!

@ X-Tina - After extracting it if you need to, the dds plugin should go here: C:\Program Files\GIMP-2.0\lib\gimp\2.0\plug-ins - and it's the application file you're looking for - it should look like this:


That pic is just stolen from an old Mod The Sims thread haha!

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PostSubject: Re: MY LIST & INFO OF FREE ARTISTIC PROGRAMS   9/3/2012, 20:52

Thanks Isla, I put it in that exact place but now when I start Gimp up it gives me a 'dds.exe application error' - The application was unable to start correctly (Oxc000007b) click ok to close the application.

So I'm thinking I still have the wrong thing downloaded or something, I really don't know. unhappy


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PostSubject: Re: MY LIST & INFO OF FREE ARTISTIC PROGRAMS   9/3/2012, 20:54

@Isla too funny Too Funny...I was just like "Where did she get that shot from?" Now I know. Thanks & I know this is right, because I had to figure out the same thing.

@X-tina....it really does work with the steps Isla showed. I hope it works for you now Very Happy




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PostSubject: Re: MY LIST & INFO OF FREE ARTISTIC PROGRAMS   9/3/2012, 20:57

@X-tina Isla is going to be the whiz here to figure this out...but I was wondering if you had the plug-in name exactly, because I want to check my Gimp folders to see where it is in my pc? Like is it .dds or the script files, etc. I personally had to install each plug-in I added to both my Gimp versions, so I'm sure I will probably have it, but want to look into for you too.




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PostSubject: Re: MY LIST & INFO OF FREE ARTISTIC PROGRAMS   9/3/2012, 21:20

To be honest, the easiest way to solve this is someone here who has their dds plugin working with 64 bit Gimp could upload their file to mediafire or something and give you the download link.
Then tell you their file path so you know where to put it.

There are a lot of links to dds files but I wouldn't know which ones to trust and I don't have my dds plugins for Gimp as I'm using Photoshop!
But we've got lots of people using Gimp here, I'm sure one of them will have the file we need. It'll be easier that way than searching for a working link.

@ Amy it should be in:
C:\Program Files\GIMP-2.0\lib\gimp\2.0\plug-ins
or C:\Program Files (x86)\GIMP-2.0\lib\gimp\2.0\plug-ins
depending on which you installed it to.

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PostSubject: Re: MY LIST & INFO OF FREE ARTISTIC PROGRAMS   9/3/2012, 21:52

Thanks Isla! I'm going to try to locate this plug-in....I know I've had to install them all individually; so it's there somewhere




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PostSubject: Re: MY LIST & INFO OF FREE ARTISTIC PROGRAMS   9/3/2012, 22:02

Erm, well it looks exactly like the one in the picture. The downloaded file it came in is called gimp-dds-2.0.9-64bits. I've had it for months, I can't remember exactly where I got it from but it must have been from the Gimp site I think, or at least linked to there. The text document that came with it is foreign (French?) & has the author as Shawn Kirst.


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PostSubject: Re: MY LIST & INFO OF FREE ARTISTIC PROGRAMS   9/3/2012, 22:12

@X-tina Here is another link for Gimp 2.6 download (64bit)
http://www.afterdawn.com/software/desktop/image_editing/gimp_for_windows_64bit.cfm

I did check my 2.6 folder & here is where my plug-ins are: documents/gimp2.6/plug-ins/ ***& this is where I put the plug-in files***

Mine aren't located in the library way. But I'm going to search for that specific plug-in & try to re-install it & see if I have that problem. If not, then I can share it the way Isla suggested.




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PostSubject: Re: MY LIST & INFO OF FREE ARTISTIC PROGRAMS   9/3/2012, 22:23

@ArtsyAmy495 wrote:
@X-tina Here is another link for Gimp 2.6 download (64bit)
http://www.afterdawn.com/software/desktop/image_editing/gimp_for_windows_64bit.cfm

I did check my 2.6 folder & here is where my plug-ins are: documents/gimp2.6/plug-ins/ ***& this is where I put the plug-in files***

Mine aren't located in the library way. But I'm going to search for that specific plug-in & try to re-install it & see if I have that problem. If not, then I can share it the way Isla suggested.

Okay, well I moved it to that folder, mine is documents/gegl-O.O/plug-ins/*here* (& in 'here' is also a file called 'Makefile'). I got no errors on start up but the dds file is still not listed in the file type extensions to save it.


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PostSubject: Re: MY LIST & INFO OF FREE ARTISTIC PROGRAMS   9/3/2012, 22:25

@ X-tina Okay, I found this link at the official Gimp plug-in registry for the exact problems with error popping up
http://registry.gimp.org/node/70

I was wondering if you could check this out & see if this is one you've already tried. I'm still looking for mine.




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PostSubject: Re: MY LIST & INFO OF FREE ARTISTIC PROGRAMS   9/3/2012, 22:27

This was the post that was shared there:

"the DDS doesn't want to work
the DDS doesn't want to work with my Gimp. I have version 2.6, and I've extracted the files in the right spot, but I keep getting "The application was unable to start correctly (0xc000007b). Click OK to close the application"

Can anyone help me out? I'd love to know how to fix this.

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x64 gimp
this plugin is compiled in x32.
it will not work with x64 gimp.
this is the error you get when trying to run the 32 bit plugin with 64 bit gimp. you could install the 32 bit version of gimp if you really need this plugin.

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They said it fixes this.




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PostSubject: Re: MY LIST & INFO OF FREE ARTISTIC PROGRAMS   9/3/2012, 22:38

@ X-TINA Okay the last link worked like a charm!!! I clicked the link for the Gimp 2.0.9 (or whatever it is) & extracted into the programx86/gimp 2.0/lib/plugins

It shows up there dds. this link also isn't in french. And the Read me was in English.


Please try the last link (with the comment from another user with the same problem) It does work & I started Gimp without any errors.




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PostSubject: Re: MY LIST & INFO OF FREE ARTISTIC PROGRAMS   9/3/2012, 22:43

Fabulous detective work there Amy haha!!
I hate plug-ins. I really really do! They're SO ANNOYING! angry

Hopefully that one works, if not I'll have a dig in the simming community and see which links people have used.
We're more likely to find one that works with people who actually want to use it for the same reason as we do!

I don't understand why Gimp has to be so complicated about everything haha!
I suppose that's what you get for using free software LOL!

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PostSubject: Re: MY LIST & INFO OF FREE ARTISTIC PROGRAMS   9/3/2012, 22:45

One last thing.....if you want the 64 bit; I would re-install Gimp 2.6 download from the link to the Gimp 2.6 (64 bit) version above. Then, the plug-ins you did already install should work. It appears as is, that you may have the Gimp 32 bit installed with the 64 bit dds plug-in....that's why the error is appearing.

Hopefully this makes sense.




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PostSubject: Re: MY LIST & INFO OF FREE ARTISTIC PROGRAMS   9/3/2012, 22:46

It should work out find once the plugin matches the Gimp version. It's just a pain in the butt getting it there!

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PostSubject: Re: MY LIST & INFO OF FREE ARTISTIC PROGRAMS   9/3/2012, 22:47

Ok, so this is what I've done, downloaded this 32-bit version : http://gimp-dds.googlecode.com/files/gimp-dds-win32-2.0.9.zip and put it into c drive, etc, etc and it seems to have worked!!! doh

Maybe I have got the 32-bit version of Gimp, I have no idea, but my laptop is a 64-bit.

Thankyou so much for your help, you guys are awesome! cuddle

Hopefully I will be able to follow some of the clothing tutorials for TSRW now!


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PostSubject: Re: MY LIST & INFO OF FREE ARTISTIC PROGRAMS   9/3/2012, 22:49

X-tina I remember having the same problem when I installed Gimp on my old laptop - it took me forever to figure out that it wasn't the laptop's 64bit that mattered but the actual program! Duhhhhh doh

Yay for getting it working!
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PostSubject: Re: MY LIST & INFO OF FREE ARTISTIC PROGRAMS   9/3/2012, 22:49

too funny yeah that I agree I feel the same way about Gimp! ARGHHHHH But, I finally starting understanding it (still haven't used it for anything yet except for my sample silly siggy) Glitt was trying to show me how to use & I told her I would probs just get Photoshop! LOL




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PostSubject: Re: MY LIST & INFO OF FREE ARTISTIC PROGRAMS   9/3/2012, 23:06

YAY!!! wootwoot Glad it's working for you now!! And, I can't wait to see the clothing you make!!




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PostSubject: Re: MY LIST & INFO OF FREE ARTISTIC PROGRAMS   8/11/2013, 06:05

Hey Amy, I came across this site that is really easy to use for cutting out pictures/screenshots.

clipping magic

There is no downloading, click on the link, choose the photo you want, when it loads up it gives you two of the pictures you uploaded. The one on the left is the one you mark, the right side helps when doing your final editing and will show you your downloadable result. See my pictures below:

before cutting


during editing




finished result


you can zoom in to get really close to get into all those tight spots, around fingers, hairs, etc. I absolutely love this program as Gimp and I are like oil and vinegar! LOL



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PostSubject: Re: MY LIST & INFO OF FREE ARTISTIC PROGRAMS   9/11/2013, 20:08

oooh, thanks for sharing Mamajanaynay!!!! I have added this onto the list with your pics.....I know this should defo help alot of simmers!!!! ta you rock luv u 




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PostSubject: Re: MY LIST & INFO OF FREE ARTISTIC PROGRAMS   10/11/2013, 01:17

No problem! One quick little note, you don't have to completely color out the background, just add a red line to the area's you want deleted add green line to the area you want and it automatically outlines the "keep" area. It's so fast and so easy!



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