Free Graphic Design Resources

pixlr

Pixlr is a great free graphic design resource. Actually it’s a great online image editing tool. This program makes it really easy to edit images online and then save them back to your hard drive. No need download or install anything. Check it out.

gimp

Gimp

If you feel at home in Photoshop, but need a free open source alternative – Gimpshop is it.

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is freely distributed and suitable for photo retouching, image composition, etc. There are many plug-ins and extensions available to do just about anything. The advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest task to the most complex image-manipulation procedures.

These easy to understand gimp tutorials. will have you up and running in no time.

inkscape

Inkscape

With capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X. This is a free open Source vector graphics editor and vector drawing program. Inkscape also supports Creative Commons meta-data, layers, complex path operations, bitmap tracing, text-on-path, flowed text, direct XML editing, and much more. It imports formats such as JPEG, PNG, TIFF, and others and exports PNG as well as multiple vector-based formats.

Download Inkscape today to create stunning artwork.

View these tutorials to get started.

blender

Blender 3D

This is a free 3D modeling and rendering program. There are a few free 3D programs out there. This is one of the best. It is a powerful rendering and animation program. It is comparable in functions and performance to commercial 3D applications.

Download it here

Get started with here with these tutorials

kompozer

Kompozer

KompoZer has a complete easy-to-use WYSIWYG layout design great for creating and editing web pages. It combines web file management and capabilities found in Microsoft FrontPage, Adobe DreamWeaver and other high end programs. KompoZer is designed to be extremely easy to use, making it ideal for non-technical computer users who want to create an attractive, professional-looking web site without needing to know HTML or web coding. Those who are familiar with the DreamWeaver interface will feel right at home.

Download it here

Get started with here with these tutorials

Kompozer Highlights:

  • WYSIWYG editing of pages, making web creation as easy as typing a letter with your word processor.
  • Integrated file management via FTP. Simply login to your web site and navigate through your files, editing web pages on the fly, directly from your site.
  • Reliable HTML code creation that will work with all of today’s most popular browsers.
  • Jump between WYSIWYG and HTML modes.
  • Working on multiple pages is easy.
  • Support for forms, tables, and templates.
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    1 Comment so far

    1. deb (1 comments.) on March 7th, 2009

      Hey! This is a great post. I am currently in the market for a good vector editing program. I really think it’s quite time consuming messing around with graphics but, hey, somebody’s got to do it.

      Thanks a bunch. Keep up the good work.