War: Is there a specific website or software that allows you too do all these cool photoshop pics.
What level of pc skills do you need to do this?
I did these with, simply, Photoshop Elements and nothing more.
However, if you compare these with more recent works http://forum.bongofish.co.uk/index.php?topic=2480
, the inking is quite rough.
On one side, Photoshop (and its offshoots) is the WRONG software to draw lines, as it lacks a feature called "Stroke stabilization".
I think that at this time I was already using "Lazy Nezumi", which is a 3rd party stroke stabilizer for Windows, in its old, shareware version (today, the author charges quite a bit for the "modern version" of it; however, I would use it even if I had a Wacom Cintiq 27 QHD, and not the jittery thingy that replaced the Cabinetiq.
If you have a program with stroke stabilization, like Manga Studio ( 40 $ ) or GIMP (open source, works best in Linux, though) you may do without LNP.
I like to have it because I have hooked it up using a Macros program, so I have two keys in a wireless numeric pad to raise or lower the level of stabilization.
Also, LNP allows to "draw" the curve response of the pen (like the Linux driver) and compensate for the "horrible" curve of the Wacom pen. (By the way, The Linux driver also has an internal "stabilization" feature, called rawsample, that uses a moving window to average and filter out the pen noise, so, when I was using Linux, I could likewise raise or lower the stabilization with two keys, thriough a macroi program and a couple of shell scripts ).
I use a Macro programs that distinguishes between different keyboards (and mouses) called HIDMacros (Shareware), which allows me to use different numeric pads as they were different programmable keypads.
As a result, on my current Intuos 2 - based machine (no hotkeys on the Wacom tablet) I use two numeric pads and a keyboard, for a total of about a hundred hot-keys (to be honest, the limit is pretty much how many keys I manage to remember, not an issue of the program), using stickers to mark the effective use of each key.
"What level of pc skills do you need to do this?"
I would say "not very much", after all it is just getting some programs and invest a bit of time in "tuning" things.
But lately, some friends made me notice that my idea of "nice, simple and easy" isn't exactly shared by the rest of the world.