Verified Purchase I've yet to find a single illustration program that has every feature you might want AND has a great interface. One program simply doesn't do it all, yet.
Here's a little speculation as to why that's so, for what it's worth. Say you built the United States and it took you about years to do it. Let's then say you know you could redo every single aspect of the country better, all you have to do is bulldoze and level the first one.
Too much investment to loose right? But that's how software, corporations, and all systems for that matter become obsolete. Which is to say those programs we are familiar with today, the standard bearers will go away- not because they don't have great features but because they can't or aren't willing to pay the costs involved with scrapping them and starting over. Man, they should, or just take a lesson from Apple. I don't buy software on a whim. I've been able to get a lot of mileage from simple 'MS paint' and Adobe Photoshop 5 for many years now but my illustration needs have grown significantly.
That said, neither of these programs can meet my needs. So I went searching for an illustrator program and ran across a few. It has to be the most 'PC' of all interfaces, meaning, 'let's see if you can figure this out so you can brag to your friends that you actually understand our cryptic software.
Feel like a genius? If you do, thank us and don't pay attention to how this affects your workflow. Seriously, is 'magic lasso' intuitive? When you first saw that ridiculously tiny icon what did you think it was? How did you use it? Hence my dread of adopting Adobe Illustrator. So I searched and came across Sketchbook. I'd heard of it but didn't like the idea of 'sketching' anything. But they Autodesk offered it as a two week free full-featured trial.
Fair enough. Twenty minutes later I was hooked. The program took about a minute or so to download and I was up and using it in ten. It's THAT intuitive. First Adobe loads a download manager to me.
The trial period is free so it's just a minor thing. But then I start the download. Adobe said I would have the download complete in about Maybe it might have taken that long. Maybe their download manager would allow me to do other things while their insanely huge file reached me. Whatever the maybe's might be I will never know because I didn't want to stick around 3 hours to download the software. That just seems insane, and like something that is absurdly huge. To me it seemed like more of the same.
A long process to get results that aren't worth the process. So what's the benefit of Sketchbook? First off it's layout is as simple as grabbing a pencil, paintbrush, airbrush or whatever tool you draw with, dabbing it in paint and going to town on a piece of paper. It's quick to load, quick to set up, quick to learn, quick to use. I feel like my workflow is streamlined and it is. What was really striking to me are the circles. The lines are so smooth and pleasing to the eye in Sketchbook, whereas in Photoshop they just look like a cheap, 80's cartoon outline.
And it's these reasons that Sketchbook seems like the very best and first place you should start when you have a graphic idea you want to put to paper. It IS a Sketchbook. My ONLY wishlist item with program is the inclusion of a grid.
I'm sure they have a reason for not including one and there are work arounds but it would be nice. Still, you start adding everyone's wishlist and you have Photohop. Sorry Adobe, that was a cheap shot. True, but cheap. And speaking of cheap, there's another great thing about Sketchbook. So am I ready to chuck Adobe for good? I wish. Adobe still has many editing tools that really help put the final touch on a graphic project.
Autodesk appears to acknowledge this as they steer you to save your creation in PSS photoshop file format. Now the only bad press I've read about Sketchbook is from Mac users. I've never used Sketchbook on a Mac so I can't speak to any experience in that area. So there you have it. Great software, great price, easy to use, not everything you need but the first you should grab for your graphic creation needs.
Maybe Adobe will wise up and learn from Autodesk.
Verified Purchase I've yet to find a single illustration program that has every feature you might want AND has a great interface. One program simply doesn't do it all, yet. Here's a little speculation as to why that's so, for what it's worth. Say you built the United States and it took you about years to do it. Let's then say you know you could redo every single aspect of the country better, all you have to do is bulldoze and level the first one. Too much investment to loose right?