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Journal Entry: Sun May 25, 2008, 5:41 AM
My painting tutorials by Griatch-art

Introduction

Over the years I have produced a range of tutorials on artistic use of the computer. Most of them concerns rather general concepts and can hopefully give something regardless of which program you are using or even be of some interest for traditional, non-digital artists. Some examples of my art can be found in the gallery.

That said, to get the most out of these you should know that I mainly use the open-source image manipulation program GIMP. I also work a lot with the painter program MyPaint. These are both very powerful programs capable of great artistic expression. Being open-source programs, they are both legally free to download and use without any cost. They exist for many platforms, including Linux, Mac and Windows, so they are worth trying out if you haven't already.

The tutorials listed below tend are (very roughly) beginning by covering the basics then going onto small tricks and particular effects. They then gradually expand into bigger projects and creating more complete works. You don't have to do them in any order though - the latter ones may on occation refer back to the earlier ones, but it shouldn't be a problem. If you are just starting out in making art on the computer in general and GIMP in particular, I suggest checking out the first few at least before trying the larger ones. A lot of people have, creating some really cool stuff from them in process!

Each tutorial has an image (which might link to the deviation being created) and one or more links. The links lead to the actual tutorial. If one link is down, try another one. All tutorials are hosted outside DA, such as on GimpTalk or on my own website.

Oh, and if you like these tutorials and want to bookmark/fave them, you can fave this journal entry or the tutorial deviation.


Tutorials, in rough order of complexity

Beginning with GIMP -- starting tutorial for new users
www.gimptalk.com/forum/beginni… sites.google.com/site/griatch/…


Setting up GIMP for artistic work (also Beginner's level airbrushing)
www.gimptalk.com/forum/viewtop… sites.google.com/site/griatch/…
airbrush1

Making a forest background
www.gimptalk.com/forum/viewtop… sites.google.com/site/griatch/…


Adding a fantasy mood to a picture
www.gimptalk.com/forum/viewtop… sites.google.com/site/griatch/…
Jester relaxing by the fire by Griatch-art

Draw an eye in 5 minutes (YouTube video)
Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9EfZF… Description: www.gimptalk.com/forum/viewtop… sites.google.com/site/griatch/…


Anatomy 101: Draw a nose
www.gimptalk.com/forum/viewtop… sites.google.com/site/griatch/…


Pencil drawing -- use the pencil, smudge and eraser tools to create a b&w character concept
www.gimptalk.com/forum/viewtop… sites.google.com/site/griatch/…
Grumpy Farmer by Griatch-art

Draw your own hand using the airbrush tool -- more advanced level airbrushing
www.gimptalk.com/forum/viewtop… sites.google.com/site/griatch/…


Basic Colouring techniques -- Colour a sketch into a full image
www.gimptalk.com/forum/viewtop… sites.google.com/site/griatch/…
Gifts of trolls by Griatch-art

Portrait painting from beginning to end
www.gimptalk.com/forum/viewtop… sites.google.com/site/griatch/…
Character portrait - June by Griatch-art

Planning and drawing battle-worn cyborgs
www.gimptalk.com/forum/viewtop… sites.google.com/site/griatch/…
Fallen Angels, characters by Griatch-art

Draw a futuristic city from scratch using various tools and techniques
www.gimptalk.com/forum/viewtop… sites.google.com/site/griatch/…
Asteroid City by Griatch-art

Paint a lush landscape
www.gimptalk.com/forum/paintin… sites.google.com/site/griatch/…
Jester in scenic view by Griatch-art

Making full-colour character artwork with the airbrush and other tools
www.gimptalk.com/forum/viewtop… sites.google.com/site/griatch/…
Jester2 v2 by Griatch-art

How to handle and plan a large painting project in GIMP
www.gimptalk.com/forum/viewtop… sites.google.com/site/griatch/…
The Warlord by Griatch-art

Water in Nature - MyPaint+GIMP tutorial
www.gimptalk.com/forum/water-i… sites.google.com/site/griatch/… (www.linuxgraphics.ru/articles.… - russian translation by prokoudine)
Tranquility by Griatch-art

Comic Making in MyPaint, GIMP and Inkscape
www.gimptalk.com/forum/tutoria… sites.google.com/site/griatch/…
Looking out by Griatch-art

The River tunnel - MyPaint+GIMP show of work process (not a full tutorial)
www.gimptalk.com/forum/wip-ima… sites.google.com/site/griatch/…
The river tunnel by Griatch-art


Technical tutorials:

Create your own replacement nibs for your Wacom tablet
www.gimptalk.com/index.php?/to…


Getting Wacom drawing tablets to work in GIMP (Mostly Linux, but also for Windows/Mac versions of GIMP. Obs-rather outdated)
www.gimptalk.com/forum/viewtop… sites.google.com/site/griatch/…



Timelapse videos (selection):

Some of these are annotated and may be interesting in order to see the actual workflow of creating a full image.

Looking Out [link]
Looking out by Griatch-art
After Rain comes Fire [link]
After rain comes fire by Griatch-art
No Comfort in Light [link]
No comfort in light by Griatch-art
Vaettebron [link]
Vaettebron - Christmas Card 2011 by Griatch-art
Watched Wave [link]
Watched Wave - Christmas Card 2012 by Griatch-art
The Sleigh trip [link]
The sleigh trip by Griatch-art


Enjoy! And please comment (on GIMPtalk or here) if you find something of interest.
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Griatch

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If you are interested in the art tutorials I have done, you can find them here: griatch-art.deviantart.com/jou… .
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Quadonx Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
great tutorials extremely helpful
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you think so! :D
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Griatch
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outolumo Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Among the best I've ever seen :)
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! Hope my tutorials are of use to you. :)
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Meertogh Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for these awesome tutorials!
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are welcome, hope they come to use. :)
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Meertogh Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I tried one of them today, helped a lot to learn how to work with MyPaint. Here
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lilybug2500 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AWESOME!!!! I loved the beginner one, it reminded me of some stuff I had forgotten about.
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's good to hear, that reminds me that one should start to ponder a new tutorial now that GIMP 2.8 is soon here. Ugh. :)
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mmadhu94 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
This is by far the most useful gimp related tutorial i've found so far. Thank you!
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to hear you found my tutorials useful! Which tutorial were you referring to in particular?
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mmadhu94 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
The forest and tree ones. I always have trouble with the lighting and these helped a lot!
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to hear it. :)
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Griatch
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ShyniMoonStar Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I just downloaded GIMP (among many others i was recommended) but I'll say even without actually watching/looking at any tutorials in detail, I totally like how well organized this information is, and the fact you seem to genuinely CARE...It's possible that you've just single-handedly tilted my bias towards this software above others with this intro page(presentation is everything) to the dismay of other software developers who developed the other programs I downloaded...now I am just going to pray that I have enough tech-savviness in me to follow the tutorials and learn something. Thank you much (I really meant to say no more than a line but it's turning to something so much longer -sorry).
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad to hear this! Some of these tutorials have been around a few years now and a lot of people seem to have enjoyed using them to learn digital painting in GIMP (judging from the posted results).
Hopefully the first few tutorials should help also if one's not very "tech-savvy" (they may be somewhat long to get through though, so patience helps). :)

Thanks for the nice comment, made my day. :D Good luck with getting into gear!
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Griatch
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ShyniMoonStar Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
well, I'm glad I made your day, and if it's only takes patience I got me a lot of those.
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RivenRoth740 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Student General Artist
thnk u ery much. with this, i'll be able to improve a lot.
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to hear it. :)
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Griatch
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RivenRoth740 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Student General Artist
:D
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Jagged88 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, the create your own nibs tutorial was very helpful. Especially since I seem to go through quite a few.
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, this seems to be a very individual thing -- some seem to have to replace the nib quite often whereas others report they use the same nib for years on end. Glad my little instruction was of use! :D
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Griatch
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he4rty Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the collection of tutorials.
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NoctiLuna Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, I hope you don't mind me asking, but I looked around a lot and couldn't find a satisfactory answer :/ It's a very specific question: is it true that tablets in Gimp can't be used when set to mouse mode? I tried it because I don't like pen mode, but the brush is still drawing in pen mode, whereas my cursor moves in mouse mode. It seems to be a common problem in Gimp. Do I really have to switch to pen mode to avoid this? :(
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm pretty sure I used "relative mode" (which you call mouse mode) in GIMP in the past - but it was many years ago, before I got it set up properly to use absolute mode. Sorry, never looked back since, can't imagine wasting the tablet exactness by using it in relative mode ... But that said, I find it strange that it wouldn't be possible if you just configured your tablet to use it - if not it sounds like a bug - you should check out the gimp bug tracker. Also, maybe you are better off asking this question on GimpTalk.org or in the #gimp IRC channel where the gimp devs reside, they should be able to answer.
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NoctiLuna Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
All right, thanks for your help!
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duncanduncan Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
thanks for all the tuts! really helpful!
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad they are of help!
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Griatch
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AtomicPC Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011
Hey man thanks for your tutorials. They really help me with digital stuff.
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JonnSnow Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've finally done the hand. [link] Painting my own didn't work, I kept moving it to press keys. So it's painted from a reference photo.
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Commented. Nice work. :)
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JonnSnow Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A pencil sketch of The Farmer's Daughter - from the pencil sketch tutorial [link] I need to push the darks more.
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JonnSnow Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
After starting two of the advanced tutorials, I decided it was best to do them in order. So, I picked an earlier piece that lacked a certain something, and applied the techniques in the Fantasy Mood tutorial [link] Before modifications (including reworking the shadows to work with the new streetlamp) I called it In Gunnerkrigg Court [link] Now its all glowy and moody. :)
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JonnSnow Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am so glad I found your tutorials. I've been working with Gimp for a month or so, and didn't know any of the tricks of the trade. I have re-sizable brushes now, and keyboard shortcuts that I can get to with my left hand. So far, I've done the Dead Tree tutorial [link] and look forward to working through the rest of them. Thanks so much for sharing your expertise.
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to hear it! I commented on your nice tree-result, hope it was of use. Good luck with the rest of them, they vary quite a bit in complexity and length, so take your time. :)
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JonnSnow Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've done the Unfocused Forest tutorial now [link] I'm not sure which to do next. I think either the Face or the Path through the Woods. Amazing to me, both Dead Tree and Unfocused Forest were picked up as favorites.
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The forest came out well. Glad to hear your work were picked as faves, good job! The tutorial to go for next depends very much on your mood, they cover quite different things. :) Good luck!
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ASN95 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011
Thanks for the list, I always follow your tutorials =]
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Zoey04 Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey great artwork and tutorials! I'm just curious can you make a comic with just using gimp? I don't have the other two programs. I was thinking you can make each picture on a page by itself then some how put all the pictures together on a page. I don't know how this would work out tho, lol.
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. :)

All the programs I use are freely and legally downloadable without cost for all the major platforms, so getting them should not be a problem.

That said, yes, you can easily do a full comic page in only GIMP if you want, I have done so in the past. I personally prefer MyPaint and Inkscape for their respective strenghts in painting and lettering, but GIMP do have tools to do all these things if you prefer to use only one program. It's even pretty straight forward.

A suggested workflow is to sketch out your page at a large zoom-out (to mimic the thumbnails done in MyPaint), then use GIMP's rectangle- and circle selection tools to place frames and captions. Text is done with the text tool of course. Merge all captions and texts into a single layer, then use the same structure as suggested in the tutorial, with the sketch at the bottom layer, the frames/text/captions at the top. Create your finished artwork in between.
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Zoey04 Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you a lot! <3 I'm going to try my hand at a short comic tonight. I appreciate the help!
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SummonPrettyPeace Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010
I noticed your animated signature on Gimptalk. Could you make a tutorial on the process you used for making that? It's so beautiful!
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh, it is an animation process called "parallax scrolling" common in computer games in the old days. The deviation is here: :thumb162691678: [link] I've done another animation with the same techniqe here: :thumb49557671: [link] (not sure if thumbs work for animations, so I'm putting the links too).

I've been asked before to make a tutorial on this before. I'll not promise anything, but I'll think about it. :)
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soli-deo-gloria Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi there. I was wondering if you could tell me what the brush setting is in mypaint that makes a brush "drip continuously" even without tablet pressure (eg, moving the mouse around without clicking creates some kind of paint simulation, such as a splatter brush). I'd like to make a brush that can recreate the texture of distant flecks of horizontal light reflected on sea. Specifically I'd like to be able to do so without scrubbing my pen on the tablet, by creating a brush that just drips that texture over a contrasting colour. If there's another place I can ask this please let me know :)

Thanks so much for everything you have done for the mypaint and opensource community.
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm, I know what you mean, there are a few brushes like that, but I couldn't tell you off the top of my head which setting causes it. I would suggest you to hit IRC - the #mypaint channel on the Freenode IRC network specifically, where the MyPaint devs are residing. They will definitely be able to give you a straight answer. If you don't know IRC, let me know and I can try to remember to ask them for you. :)
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soli-deo-gloria Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I've found the channel and will ask to see if they can help. Cheers for that.

Ji
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem! Good luck with the brush making. :)
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Griatch
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outlands70 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
Nvm is having a security attack <<
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outlands70 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
Hmmmm it wont let me view the tutorials.
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AxyzDile Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, Griatch!

Thank you for your tutorials! It very usefull!
But can I ask for some help?
I had created my own first big landscape )

[link]

based on you landscape tutorial.

but it looks ugly, want to ask you how I can get more Photorealism, image looks cartoon. Everything I draw looks cartoon )))
and also - i can't understand some notes from your tutor -how to draw grass - it's simply, but i do something wrong.
also what exactly kind of brushes you use for that, And as you do such correct narrowed form? my own looks like stick.

P.S: why you prefer "Operating System: Linux Debian (Sidux)", What advantages in it?
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi and thanks for trying out my tutorial!

To answer your question, photorealism (in the sense of confusing the image with reality) only comes with a lot of experience. It is not something I have mastered either, and to be honest I'm not sure it's something to strive for in all things; a looser and more exaggerated style often can give more feeling to an image.
Anyway, the basic premise for making your image look more real is to add better light. The second is to add more details. Your image looks okay detail-wise, but the reason it looks more cartoony is because the light is flat and rather uninteresting. If you want flat light (some artists do) you instead have to compensate with much higher detail, like painting bark and almost individual leaves. Where does the light come from? Experiement: Pick a light direction, then use a layer with Multiply mode to brush out wide swathes of dark shadows in the image. Delete the layer and try another, with another direction. Don't be afraid to go extreme while you're playing around, darkening large parts of the image you feel should be heavily shadowed. Then you take another layer in Normal mode (Or possibly Soft light mode) and try to increase the brightness on the trees/ground opposite the shadows. It takes a lot of practice, but you will see this helps a lot with getting a feel of 3D in your image.

Grass can be made in many ways. What I talk about in the tutorial is to never have the lower parts of the grass strands end abruptly in the ground (so that you can see that it's just a line standing alone). Instead I try to make the ground the same colour as the grass, letting the upper part contrast against a different-coloured background. You can then place several "sections" of such grass, all in slightly varying shades of colour, following the colour of the ground but overlapping along their upper parts to show them off. The section of grass closes to you, you smudge into the ground so that they seem to appear smoothly from it.

Try to add off-colours to your image (as I did in the tutorial), like purple and turquose. This will help liven it and actually make it look more "real" too.

As for why I prefer Linux, well I have no patience for Window's closed-box way of working, nor its inherently unsafe design. In Linux, everything can be configured and adjusted, and it's built for safety from the beginning, not patched on like in Window's case. I like that I can tweak and fix Linux to work exactly as I prefer, from the way the graphical interface works down to the innards of the system. It's fully open source and free, it's the future of operating systems and maybe software design in general. I use Windows for gaming now and then, but that's it.
Mac has come a long way - it's actually running a "Linux-like" core these days too. But Macs and their programs are too expensive for my tastes when I can run Linux for free on cheap standard hardware.


Hope that helped some!
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Griatch
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