Ladies and Gents of the Fark board,
The Fark board is a unique place on this message board and the internet in general. It gives artists a place to post their creations. Board contributors might create jokes that a requestor did not anticipate. However, if the poster is good-natured (and the request is possible and not too labor-intensive), one of the talented artists will generally grant their request.
People have claimed that this particular board has some of the best image-manipulation posters on the web. Fellow Farkers, let's try to help others learn the process and increase the list of regular, quality contributors.
All of us who edit photographs and create digital art started somewhere.
This thread is designed as a place where the experienced members of the Fark board can help beginners with FAQ's. Getting started:
The prospective artist will need software.
most individuals here use Photoshop, Corel Paint, GIMP or Paint.net. Some people even use Microsoft Paint.
Photoshop is generally considered the gold standard. It is very powerful however, it is expensive.
GIMP is freeware. It can be dowloaded here: GIMP Download
It is has a lot of capacity as well and best yet, it's free. It can be difficult to learn.
Paint.net is another option. It can be downloaded here: Paint.net Download
It is also free and quite intuitive. However, it lacks some of the capabilities of the previous programs. There are additional free plug-ins that add functionality.
Microsoft Paint is already on most computers with Windows. It is widespread but very, very basic. Still, some can create incredible drawings with practice and patience.
If anyone has a question about how to create a specific effect, feel free to post here. Also posters can link tutorials that are especially helpful.
Remember, image manipulation is a skill. Practice will really improve anyone's ability. New digital artist, good luck!