It can cost a lot for designers who plan to get fresh copy of graphic design software for example, Adobe Photoshop. The thing definitely not getting better if those designers are not from US as for most of the time, the value of the currencies not exactly at their side.
The good news is there are developers out there that do realize this fact and probably have gone through such situation. This has lead to the development more and more open source graphic and design software which have features that are comparable to the full-fledged premium-priced software.
The most important thing is the end product from this open source software can still impressed others and make them amazed with your creativity.
In this article, you will find 7 Must Try Open Source Software for Graphic Design that we believe worth for you to give a try. Have fun hunting for the right graphic design software that fits your need!
GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.
It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, and an image format converter.
GIMP is expandable and extensible. It is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything. The advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest task to the most complex image manipulation procedures to be easily scripted.
Inskspace is an open source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.
Inkscape supports many advanced SVG features (markers, clones, alpha blending, etc.) and great care is taken in designing a streamlined interface. It is very easy to edit nodes, perform complex path operations, trace bitmaps and much more.
It also maintains a thriving user and developer community by using open, community-oriented development.
Krita is an application for image creation and image manipulation. It focuses on painting, illustration, concept art and other creative work. This is a short an incomplete list of the most important features Krita provides.
Krita provides an OpenGL based canvas in addition to an unaccelerated canvas. Krita’s filters, histogram computation and image recomposion are multi-threaded and make use of multiple cores if available. The effect of filters is previewed on-canvas.
Scripting and recording are works in progress.
Skencil is a free software interactive vector drawing application which is a flexible and powerful tool for illustrations, diagrams and other purposes.
A somewhat unique (for a drawing program) feature of Skencil is that it is implemented almost completely in a very high-level, interpreted language, Python. Python is powerful, object-oriented and yet easy to use.
In addition to the standard features (rectangles, ellipses, curves, text etc.) that you expect from a vector drawing program, Skencil also has some more advanced features like possibility to bend text along a path.
KoverArtist is a program for the fast creation of covers for cd/dvd cases and boxes. The main idea behind it is to be able to create decent looking covers with some mouse clicks.
MyPaint is a fast and easy open-source graphics application for digital painters. It lets you focus on the art instead of the program. You work on your canvas with minimum distractions, bringing up the interface only when you need it.
MyPaint comes with a large brush collection including charcoal and ink to emulate real media, but the highly configurable brush engine allows you to experiment with your own brushes and with not-quite-natural painting.
Synfig is a powerful, industrial-strength vector-based open-source 2D animation software package, designed from the ground-up for producing feature-film quality animation with fewer people and resources.
Synfig eliminates the task of manual tweening, producing smooth, fluid motion without the animator having to draw out each frame individually. This allows you to produce 2D animation with fewer people while producing art of a higher quality.
Did we miss any software that is worth to be mentioned? If you have come across any other interesting software, feel free to share with us in Kissing Crust.