To get started, youíll need some form of software to manipulate or create pictures. Unfortunately for most people buying photoshop is way out of reach, and the trial is over before you know it.
Luckily, there are a number of free alternatives!
Personally, Iíd recommend paint.net, since itís easy to learn and easy to use, from simple tasks to more complex work. Donít believe me? Check out this testimonial!
|Paint.net is a great program. Its so good I left my girlfriend for the colour wheel, I lost my house for the cutting tool and I gave my job as a lion tamer up just so I could spend more time drooling over the user friendly interface.|
-Artrage 2.5 Starters Edition
- Ultimate Paint Standard LE
Now that youíve got the program, how do you get started?
Well, for many (already indexed) tutorials, check out the GFX Resource Index: Here.
For a great tutorial on how to get to know Paint.net, check this one out.
GIMP has a number of good tutorials here, ranging from beginner to expert
For Artrage there are a number of tutorials posted on the site itself, here
Ultimate Paint has a tutorial page here, however these are, at best, poorly written
Unfortunately for the other pieces of free software there are very little, or no tutorials around. Thatís why, when starting out, itís recommended to go with a popular free program like paint.net or GIMP; thereís a huge number of excellent tutorials available for these. And since a lot of people have used them, if you ever get stuck you can find help much easier!
If that still leaves anything to be desired, donít be afraid to post a piece and ask for comments and criticism.