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A free alternative to Photoshop? Autodesk Sketchbook Copic Edition puts digital markers at your fingertips

I have always liked Autodesk Sketchbook Pro. It came with my tablet PC that I used many years ago. Sadly, I found the tablet PC to be an underpowered tool at the time. My Sketchbook Pro never got much use, and my Tablet PC was retired to the shelf after just a year or so in favor of a faster desktop computer and Wacom tablet.

Autodesk and Copic Markers have teamed up to release a free Copic Edition of the software.

I just downloaded it and gave it a try. It looks pretty solid and very user friendly even for a non-technical artist. My only issue with it after just looking at it for a few minutes is that it doesn’t seem to have a field for DPI. You could probably get some great work out of this, but to be able to print it, you’d have to make the image very big and import it into Photoshop for more precise sizing.

More investigation is warranted, though. Has anyone tried this? What did you think?

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