This time around, it's due time Paintstorm got its go! Paintstorm is one of my favorite programs to use, though I use two other programs (Medibang and CSP) more often.
Here is its interface. There is a light mode, and a dark mode; here s the dark mode. You can change the colors of sliders and stuff (the seafoam/greenish parts are the ones you can change the color of). I liked seafoam so I set it to that.
All of this is pretty self-explainatory; it's very easy to navigate. The problem is "brush" hovers on its own, but that's not a problem... since when you mouse over while clicking on the canvas/draw under it, it fades out of view automatically. You can also deposit it back into the sides, but I don't do that with "brush" itself because then it stretches everything else when you drop open one of the tabs. So I just have it float.
It sometimes "hangs" for a little bit randomly, but it's nothing to worry about; the program's not very well known, and it's not too well-documented. I think it's just one guy working on it, as well, so bugs are more likely to be rampant. It recovers quickly from the hanging too!
- Easily understandable settings for brushes
- Very easy to create richly-textured drawings
- can import some .abrs
- very customizable in UI, so can help with eyestrain
- stabilizer is easier to adjust than in CSP, though it is per-brush basis
- Very powerful and some unique tools even to itself
- Paint bucket tool is very nice and easily customizable, and very smart at filling out things as well
- Inexpensive, one-time-only, payment, for an powerful tool
- Always transparent by default; "layer 0" is transparent, so to make something not transparent you have to remember to put another layer, with full white or so-forth, under layer 0
- No text tool
- color picking is weird; you have to hold down the button (usually right-click) and move it as you're holding, to pick up an color
- a lot of .abrs don't actually work, unfortunately
- brushes are a little harder to make for yourself, so if you don't feel up for it, there's not as many resources out there as there are for CSP or photoshop
- UI, despite all of its coolness and customizability, can feel a little cluttered and clunky sometimes because of the nature of some things not popping out
- Organizing brushes can be a little hard
You can buy Paintstorm here for the very cheap price of $20 USD, and if that's still a little too steep for you, there is an free trial for you to try.
It's a largely unknown program, however, so there's not many resources.... But there are some, fortunately! And here they are. The default brushes that directly come with the program are pretty fun and cool looking, too. Here's an preview of some of them, kindly sourced to an deviantart person.