you know who I am, and you know that I practically introduced myself by starting up with MS Paint. I remember it like it was yesterday. Two years ago, I was bored as heck on a summer night, went to the computer and turned on the light, Before I fell asleep and started to doze and faint, I rediscovered the possibilities of Microsoft Paint. Lol I'll stop rhyming. But, with that Mars Subway and Bronto I had you look at before, yeah, I thought MS was a charm.
Well there are often artists who have recurring subjects in their art based on their interests - you put roads in many of yours, which could be a symbol of travel and discovery, I often sneak planets or other sky-stuff into many of mine since I've always had a fascination with being able to see that stuff that we just can't get to...yet
MS paint was my first-ever digital art program too, first picture I remember saving (not that I have it now but it lasted a few years) was a tornado I drew...six colours of pixellated goodness drawn by little 12 year old me that was a time where my traditional art was still way better than my digital, now it's opposite
Lol, "the crap that comes with the computer" is correct the only type of digital art that can be done in it well is pixel art, but even that's easier in Photoshop since you have layers asides from that, it's really only useful for taking screenshots - and that's why I hope they never get rid of Paint
Paint Shop Pro is probably the next down from Photoshop - it's very good, but still not as great as Photoshop, a nice cheap alternative that I used for 5 years before getting PS. I havn't tried the others though, Photoshop's all I need for 2D art now anyway, the first Photoshop I got was PS 7 in 2006, soon CS2 and now CS3 and like you - I'm not going to bother going for C34 - my current one can do everything I need for my art anyway
yeah, what I found that was the massive flaw for CS4, was that the circle that shows as your brush-when it's over light areas it's a dark ring, when over dark, it's a white ring. So you can see where you are. It doesn't do that. They screwed up something I think and didn't see it. so it's impossible to paint dark area without knowing where you're at.
another thing I noticed, was with the thing that you use to zoom in and out on your pic, wasn't there. It was replaced with that damn magnifying tool that would go in by clicks. If you want a certain spot between what it automatically does, you have to type it in, like, as if you were in paint doing the resize. I was so pissed.
I'm thinking the CS5(when it comes along) will most likely have that changed since a lot of consumers most definitely have expressed thoughts on it. The only other thing I can think of is that the trial itself was screwed and messed the brush thing up. But I'm not sure. Either way though, it didn't have anything new-just a different layout. Oh, and the flat appearance of the tables was changed to have a sort of drop shadow look and rounded edges. I was all "ooh...omg wow...so worth spending hundreds for this type of upgrade..."