Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Software of the Month: Sketch 3, Graphic, & MacClean

This month, I've made a couple of purchases that have become a part of my art-making process. I've always used Photoshop for work and other projects, and Paint Tool SAI for other random doodles or light drawing studies. Although I greatly enjoy working with these products, my love for discovering other tools thankfully never dies.

Around two weeks ago, I went software-hunting. It lasted for three-fourths of the whole day but I came out of it feeling really satisfied with my finds. Of course, my primary goal was to find free software that didn't suck, but there are seriously great products out there that are worth the price. Note: These applications were made for Apple devices. I'm not sure if there are versions for these on other systems.

MacClean - FREE

Image courtesy of Imobie

Since the upgrade to El Capitan, my Mac has been lagging a lot. Photoshop was at its worst, just opening a Finder window would take a minute or two, and it felt like my Mac was at least three years old. After installing MacClean and allowing it to sweep my system, my former issues were gone.

I've tried other cleaning apps but most are only free to try for a limited number of days with incomplete functionality, while some have even worsened the state of my system. I highly recommend MacCleaner to others who suffer from a slow OS after upgrading. The cherry on the cake? It's FREE FOREVER.

Download the software here: MacClean

Graphic by Autodesk - $24.99

Image courtesy of Autodesk

Autodesk has some incredible products on their catalog. I don't think there's anything I'm not fond of in their list, from Maya, Mudbox, and now, Graphic.

Whenever Photoshop flips out for some reason (it probably just needs an update/optimization fix for El Capitan), I find myself immediately shifting to Graphic. While Photoshop has an insane amount of features for editing and creating, Graphic has a simple interface with straight-forward functions meant for graphic design and vector illustration. They both have the pen tool (Graphic's pen tool has become my personal favorite), layers and blending modes, the brush tool, and a few other similarities.

I'll say it again to be clear: Graphic is a vector creation software. It doesn't pretend to be a replacement for Photoshop and it also doesn't say it's the ultimate art software around. It's great for it's primary purpose, but it's also an awesome substitute for Photoshop.

Know more and buy this software here: Graphic

Sketch 3 - $99

Image courtesy of Sketch

My favorite out of all the software I've purchased this month, Sketch is a GODSEND. For someone looking into UI and wanting to get started, this application is truly one of the best (if not the best) available.

It does come with a huge price tag, but when you think about the vast capabilities, the number of things you can do with this in your software inventory, it just makes sense to purchase this awesomeness. Personally, since buying Sketch 3, my interest in UI has gone up at least 50%. Everything is easy with Sketch 3, from creating wireframes, full-blown website mockups, to creating UI for iOS and Android devices, plus.

The money you'll spend buying this app is used to it's full potential. They have tutorials, kits to get started, a sh*tload of resources to help you get on the train, and more.

Discover and purchase Sketch 3 here: Sketch 3

What are some of your favorite software this month?
Let me know - I'd love to try them out too!

Join the conversation!

  1. I would love to try the Sketch 3. Thank you for sharing!

  2. I wish I could work with graphics like you could. For me, I use Photoshop Elements since I don't do much editing anyway. One thing I am not loving so far is how Photoshop Elements would hang on the Mac when I install PTLens. It used to work perfectly until El Capitan.

  3. I literally wish I could crawl through the monitor and hug you! My mac has been laggy since the latest update and I am so grateful for your MacClean suggestion! Have you tried Pixelmator? I was using this before I could Photoshop and it's an amazing equivelant! Keep up the amazing work! :)

  4. I'd like to try Sketch, it looks interesting and in my work I need to create different products. To answer your question, my favorite software this month was PandaDoc, a very easy way of sending and signing contracts, that only takes a few clicks literally.

  5. Thank you for this breakdown! I will definitely have to look into these programs!

  6. Thanks for the MacCleaner tip! These are all helpful programs, and I'm sure the designers over at my office would find these useful as well. I'll make sure to share these with them.

  7. Hi so I have been working on Canva for my designs. Do you think I should download Graphic on my MacAir and it could help me design better and more professionally?

  8. Great post! Graphic looks like an amazing program. Can't wait to buy it & try it, thanks for sharing :)

  9. These are truly nice and amazing products for digital artists. I will recommend these to my friends whenever they are searching for a new software :)

    Nurse Alpha

  10. Lovely illustration. Soon going to try this out

  11. I'm on the lookout of software to download! I need to get my hands on these three, hope I'll be able to make it work haha it takes me a lot of time in getting used to software, like I'm still learning Lightroom until now...



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