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Programs for making game art and rule books?

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jclair
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Hey guys,

I know www.gimp.org/ has a pretty good, free, mock Photoshop program to download. I was wondering if anyone knows of similar free mock programs for Adobe Illustrator and/or Adobe Indesign.

I'm interested in using Indesign for creating rule books. Any suggestions for other programs that would work well for that purpose.

Thanks!

pelle
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Inkscape for drawings. Try

Inkscape for drawings. Try Scribus for rules layout. Heard it is good.

"Scribus is an Open Source
program that brings
professional page layout to
Linux/UNIX, Mac OS X , OS/2
Warp 4/eComStation and
Windows desktops with a
combination of press-ready
output and new approaches to
page design.
Underneath a modern and user-
friendly interface, Scribus
supports professional publishing
features, such as color
separations, CMYK and Spot
Color support, ICC color
management, and versatile PDF
creation."

pelle
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Inkscape for drawings. Try

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Grall Ritnos
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Paint.net

For graphics, I would also recommend checking out Paint.net. Its certainly not the most powerful suite available, but I've been using it for all the layouts on my current project and have enjoyed it. You can also find some helpful plugins online, including an editable text tool which I find to be essential for game projects.

Paint.net Download
http://www.getpaint.net/

Editable Text Plugin
http://forums.getpaint.net/index.php?/topic/10056-editable-text-v10-stable/

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jclair wrote:Hey guys, I know

jclair wrote:
Hey guys,

I know www.gimp.org/ has a pretty good, free, mock Photoshop program to download. I was wondering if anyone knows of similar free mock programs for Adobe Illustrator and/or Adobe Indesign.

I'm interested in using Indesign for creating rule books. Any suggestions for other programs that would work well for that purpose.

Thanks!

I wouldn't skip on not using Industry grade software however there are a few Free based 3d rendering engines out there... but overall i would just skip the headache and drop the cash on the software..

larienna
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Inkscape and Scribus is also

Inkscape and Scribus is also my suggestions.

Inkscape is a demi-God, for board game design it's awesome. If you only want to learn 1 software, learn this one. There are also books available to learn the software. There are also a lot of tutorials.

I am not too familiar with scribus, I have just started to use it 1 week ago, it look nice and seems to get the job done.

jclair
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Thanks

Awesome. Thanks for the advice guys. I've downloaded Inkscape, for now and am going to play around with it soon. Will also try Scribus.

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