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GJK:
I found it to be fairly straight forward.  There was an initial learning curve where doing things seemed kind of wonky as compared to how you'd do it in say MS Word or Excel but now that I've done a couple of full rulebook layouts and now all these charts, I'm feeling really good with it.

I should add in the Illustrator vs Photoshop chat- someone may ask "well why not just always use Illustrator if it's vector art and looks better?".  Answer: Illustrator doesn't have the graphic tools that Photoshop has (for the most part).  Photoshop has many built in filters that let's do just about anything with an image.  Illlustrator can do some of that but not nearly to the same degree.  What would seem natural is if Illustrator and Photoshop were combined into a single package but of course that would do Adobe no good. 

bayonetbrant:

--- Quote from: GJK on August 30, 2015, 01:55:53 PM ---What would seem natural is if Illustrator and Photoshop were combined into a single package but of course that would do Adobe no good. 
--- End quote ---

That was SuperPaint
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SuperPaint_(Macintosh)

I did a LOT of old bldg. layouts for RPGs with it

Jamm:
I like AI as it is very powerful, and forgiving if you want to make any changes to your work.
I used it almost exclusively for the maps in 'Brother Against Brother'.
But if you want the details you have to use PS.
Most of my projects, I use a combination of the 2.
I also use ZBrush and GIMP for some aspects of a project.

I've just bloodied myself in battle with InDesign for the OST rulebook.
It is also a great program.

GJK:
To me, InDesign seems to be a close cousin to Illustrator- much more so than Photoshop.  I need to keep playing around with Illustrator because I definitely want the ability to do vector art (though Photoshop now has more and more support for it).  I think that gets me is the 'paths' with the anchor points and such.  That and I keep wanting to do things like how Photoshop does it...."I just want to crop the damn thing, how do I do that!!".  Jamm, do you recommend that I keep trying to stick with Illustrator (since I have it and am comfortable with other Adobe products) or is something like ZBrush, Inkscape, Gimp maybe a simpler way to get the basics down before transitioning to Illustrator (in your opinion)?

BanzaiCat:
Illustrator is probably one of the less-intuitive programs in the Adobe lineup (probably the worst out of the bunch now that FrameMaker is long out of the picture). It can be gloriously frustrating sometimes, but I agree, the results are always light-years ahead of what you can do in Photoshop.

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