Well, I'll be glad to post the first Painter's Essential's post since there's no other takers yet.
The first thing that you will want to do is get yourself a good Paint Program. Forget about Microsoft Paint that comes from windows. That one to me is useless, though good to fool around with, but when you want to get serious about it you will either want Adobe Photoshop or Corel Paint Shop. (Not to be confused with Corel Paint)
We all know Adobe is pricey, but Corel actually is kind of descent priced:
Yo9u wil then want to download yourself DXT.BMP - one of the best format saving programs around, and it's free.
Those are the Bare essentials needed. Corel gives a free demo too like Photoshop.
I'll post more on the proper savings of formats and techniques for doing a proper DirectX 10 compliant paint. It's a bit tricky, so I want to make sure I get it right.
Hope this helps all you would be artists right now in the mean time to get ready to download some great tools.....
John Thuot II
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