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Pixarra TwistedBrush Review

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Pixarra rebranded its digital drawing Sketchbook program into the new TwistedBrush application and I don’t like it. The program claims that it is “one of the most versatile and powerful brush engines in existence packaged in into an easy to use program”. TwistedBrush has over 5,000 brush styles, with all the customization choices, but I […]

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Adobe Illustrator CS4 Review

Monday, October 5th, 2009

At version number fourteen, finding more features to improve the already near-perfect Illustrator app is probably quite the challenge for the developers at Adobe. Yet, they’ve managed to do it again and we’ll go into these features in just a moment. The basics about Illustrator: it’s compatible with both Mac and Windows, has a bevy […]

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Corel Painter 11 Review

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Corel’s Painter software, especially since the release of version X, gained quite a following from serious digital artists. Now, Corel Painter 11, a refined, more customizable version of an already great program, lets you carry an entire artist’s studio on your laptop. Painter is a bit steep – at $429 (box) or $399 (download), with […]

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PhotoScape 3.3 Review

Monday, July 27th, 2009

PhotoScape (Freeware: Windows Only) (Sidenote: if you are looking for freeware photo editing software and you run Mac OS X or Linux, skip this article and check out Gimp.) First and foremost, PhotoScape is a free and feature-rich alternative to paid photo-editing programs and it’s been downloaded over 6 million times (according to CNET) with […]

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Corel Paint Shop Pro X2 Review

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Corel Paint Shop Pro (Windows Only)   Corel’s Paint Shop Pro can (and has been) referred to as a poor man’s version of Photoshop (the real deal, not Elements) and with this new version, it may be worth giving it a shot.  Paint Shop Pro X2 includes more features (layers, for one) but is still […]

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iPhoto ’09 Review

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

iPhoto ’09 Review Part of Apple’s “iLife” package, and bundled with every Mac, iPhoto is more photo-management than photo editing.  iPhoto’s been around for some years now, but it’s not usually regarded as a powerful editing tool although Apple has improved its editing capabilities in this release.  Definitely a winner for those of you who […]

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GIMP 2.6.5 Review

Saturday, April 11th, 2009

An acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program, GIMP is another word for “free, powerful image retouching software”.  Emphasis on the word free.  You may ask, “how well does a free, volunteer-managed photo editing app stand up to the pricier software options?”  Quite well.  Unlike most of the other freeware photo-editing applications, GIMP has the more […]

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Software Review: Adobe Photoshop Elements 7

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Elements is a great choice for those web designers who want great functionality at a fraction of the Photoshop’s price. If you’re looking for a piece of photo editing software that doesn’t sacrifice features for simplicity, look no further than creative software giants Adobe’s Photoshop Elements program.

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