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15 Free PC Tools for Artists

15 Free PC Tools for Artists
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Unleash your creativity, keep your pockets full

As computers became more powerful (and more user-friendly), their potential as creative machines has increased leaps and bounds. Stunning graphic designs and easily-understood visuals are literally a handful of clicks and keyboard presses away, especially if you rely on the fifteen pieces of software we list here. Even better: all of our selections cost nothing to download, save for the money you'll spend on your net connection and electricity.

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    booyaah , August 29, 2012 7:37 PM
    Only program I've used out of that list is GIMP. That Blender 3D Modeler looks cool. Is there any kind of open source application equivalent to After Effects?
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    Anonymous , August 29, 2012 7:55 PM
    Good timing. I was looking to get back into computer art after a hiatus of several years. Getting new updates of Photoshop and other tools was looking like thousands of dollars, so I've just started looking into open source alternatives. Already have GIMP, and this former Photoshop 7 user has already done some good work without even cracking the manual.
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    coonday , August 29, 2012 8:52 PM
    I'm surprised there is no Sculptris on this list. Seems like a pretty important free program to miss.
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    ashinms , August 29, 2012 8:52 PM
    booyaahOnly program I've used out of that list is GIMP. That Blender 3D Modeler looks cool. Is there any kind of open source application equivalent to After Effects?

    Again, blender. It has the functionality of maya and after effects built in as features of one program. It really is quite amazing.
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    mmstick , August 29, 2012 10:13 PM
    What the!? Where in the world is MyPaint? Easily one of the best tools out there.
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    Anonymous , August 30, 2012 3:46 AM
    Where's SketchUp??
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    threehosts , September 2, 2012 8:44 PM
    And there also is Xara Xtreme LX.
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    ashinms , September 4, 2012 1:37 AM
    Fucking die already.
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    mitch074 , September 4, 2012 9:59 PM
    Latest GIMP version 2.8 finally supports single window editing. I have yet to see it crash on Windows, but it works better on Linux (more features). It is NOT a Photoshop clone however, and has its own philosophy - I find its export capabilities better for the Web than Photohop's, with direct previewing and better settings in both PNG and JPEG formats.

    Scribus is a very powerful editing tool that supports text flows, colour profiles for all elements and very advanced PostScript export capabilities among others. It is indeed professional level.

    LibreOffice Draw is an integral part of the LibreOffice suite; as such, it CANNOT be downloaded separately. A large toolbox, powerful style habilities and nifty features make it very good for creating any kind of diagram which can then be ported to a LibreOffice Writer document. It was true in OpenOffice 1.1 ten years ago, it's even more true now.

    Inkscape has powerful vectorization capabilities: import a raster image and vectorize it automatically, and you can soon stretch it in all directions. Automatic shape simplification will be a usefuil help then, lightening the result a lot (it removes extraneous nodes and manipulates the leftovers to keep the general shape) with barely any effort.

    And then, the Blender community decided, a few years back, to ensure the tool is at a professional level by producing short- and medium-duration movies - and they rival some that are sown in cinemas these days. Their recipe is simple: if they want to render something and the tool cannot, they improve the tool. As the Sintel project shows: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRsGyueVLvQ&hd=1
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    ashinms , September 5, 2012 2:23 PM
    Toms, you need to fix your spam problem or else I am not coming back to this website.
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    meatpilljunkie , September 13, 2012 4:41 PM
    which one of these apps are platform agnostic? I know some are, but they don't say in the main blurb.
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