Art Tutorials/Digital Media/Software and Tools

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There are many pieces of software and tools available for digital artists to use, both free and premium. With all the software out there, one can start making digital art anytime, anywhere.


  • A computer or tablet - One doesn't need one too powerful unless they are making large pieces or getting into 3D work. Starting out, a basic machine is fine.
  • Drawing tablet - This is not a necessity, but many feel that it does help. A drawing tablet allows one to draw like they're using paper.
  • Software

2D Software[edit | edit source]

Ms Paint[edit | edit source]

This piece of software comes free with Windows. Though it lacks many features such as layers and transparency, MS Paint has its uses. It is especially used for pixel art.

Adobe Photoshop[edit | edit source]

This paid software is one of the most popular out there. It is used by hobbyists and professionals alike.

Paint.NET[edit | edit source]

This is a free art program that has many features that Ms Paint doesn't, but is not as loaded as Photoshop. The simple UI makes it a viable option for beginners.

Paint Tool SAI[edit | edit source]

This program has a 30-day free trial, and is utilized by many artists for its brush and linework options.

GIMP[edit | edit source]

This is a free, open source program, which also has many brushes and filters.

3D Software[edit | edit source]

Blender[edit | edit source]

This is a free program that can be used to make 3d models and scenes.

Maya[edit | edit source]

This is a paid option, but has a student version.

MakeHuman[edit | edit source]

This software is for easily generating models of humans.