Photoshop : Pixelmator = Illustrator : ???

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  1. kylera macrumors 65816

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    Just as the title says, what is a cheaper, less powerful alternative for Illustrator? Something good enough for a hobbyist. Or does such a thing exist?
     
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    Inkscape is a great little app for vector work. Unfortunately, its shelf life for Mac users is limited, due to its reliance on X11 - I haven't tried it in Mountain Lion but I doubt it will work.
     
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    pixelmator is fine (for bitmap work, anyway).
     
  4. AFPoster macrumors 65816

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    Pixelmator is my favorite thus far. Simple and easy to use but very, very powerful!
     
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    Illustator is so standard I would prefer to find a cheap old version (like CS3) than using anything else... But InkScape is quite good too.
     
  7. kylera thread starter macrumors 65816

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  8. Benson11 macrumors regular

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    Yeah you can try pixelmator. It is good indeed.
     
  9. Mac In School macrumors 65816

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    I like iDraw. The only problems I have that keep me from using it regularly are the inability to import/export AI files.
     
  10. ozaz macrumors 65816

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    Illustrator is a vector graphics editor.
    Photoshop and Pixelmator are raster graphics editors.

    Therefore neither Photoshop nor Pixelmator are alternatives to Illustrator.

    The best low-cost alternative is Inkscape. It's a very accomplished app and is also open-source and thus free. The only downside is it uses x11 so does not look pretty.

    Here's a poll asking about alternatives to Illustrator other than Inkscape.
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1322843
     
  11. ozaz macrumors 65816

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    Whilst X11 won't be pre-installed in Mountail Lion, xQuartz (the open-source project that X11 is based on) will continue. So Inkscape and other x11-based apps will continue to run fine. The user will just need to install xQuartz rather than have it baked into the operating system.
     
  12. ajvizzgamer101 macrumors 65816

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    I like iDraw. :D Like Mac in School said... Only problem is file extension. Pixelmator works ok with Photoshop files but iDraw doesn't support .AI files.

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/idraw/id404705039?mt=12


    And your title is misleading... sound like Bitmap + Bitmap = Vector. lol
     
  13. kylera thread starter macrumors 65816

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    First, thanks for the app link.

    About the title, it's quite accurate, since I'm using an analogy -- showing two pairs of things that have a common relationship; in this case, the two apps on each side of the equal sign do the same basic stuff, but one is pricier while the other is cheaper.
     
  14. Mike in Kansas macrumors 6502a

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    The title reads "Photoshop is to Pixelmator as Illustrator is to ???". Exactly what the OP is trying to determine. I guess using an analogy is too high brow for this forum...!
     
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    Your welcome. I understood the title very clearly, some people didn't. :D
     
  17. ozaz macrumors 65816

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    Its not the analogy (when put into words) that's unclear, it's the punctuation in the title that's unclear to some. In what language does a colon mean "equivalent relationship to" (or something similar)? I'm not trying to be facetious. I'm genuinly interested to learn.
     
  18. Mal macrumors 603

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    It's used in formal notation. On the SAT's, it's quite common. I don't know if it would be a mathmatical or logical notation, or some other field, but it's something I knew from high school study.

    jW
     
  19. armadillo macrumors 6502

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    Why split pixels and vectors? Fireworks gives you the best of both worlds.
     
  20. kylera thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Still costs 200 dollars, way too much for my uses.
     
  21. Mike in Kansas macrumors 6502a

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    Here is some background:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Analogy

    As "analogy" is literally translated to mean "proportion"; using the ":" is similar to using it in situations like odds (45:1 chance of winning), cooking (2:1 water to rice), and photography/videography (16:9 aspect ratio).
     
  22. xizar macrumors regular

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    Perhaps "Photoshop : Pixelmator :: Illustrator : ?"

    (My experience my be atypical, but I've generally seen the double colon used where the OP's topic has an equals sign.)

    *cough*

    Beyond that, I'm afraid I have no educated suggestions to offer the original author, but I have been looking at "Sketch".

    http://www.bohemiancoding.com/sketch/
     
  23. notjustjay macrumors 603

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    Seriously? They don't teach this anymore?

    I learned that in grade school.

    (Note: I am NOT insulting the intelligence of anyone who didn't learn this notation -- it is more of a criticism of the educational system if they're no longer teaching this stuff. I always assumed this was pretty basic.)
     
  24. ozaz macrumors 65816

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    You assume the whole world follows a US or Canadian school curricullum. You might just be wrong about that.
     

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