Free Image Editing programs

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Free Image Editing programs

Postby granmastern » March 17th, 2010, 7:46 am

As suggested by KirbyHead, this thread will have all the free graphics programs you can find. credits to everyone who made those suggestions in this thread and the previous ones.
Here's a a few already mentioned:



Graphic programs


ArtRage 2.6 Starter Edition

  • info: Painting program that mimicks physical mediums
  • OS: Windows/Mac
  • Pressure Sensitivity: Yes
  • other: "Export Image" to save as JPEG/PNG/whatever


ArtWeaver

  • info: Painting program
  • OS: Windows
  • Pressure Sensitivity: Yes
  • other: There's the ability to record/playback your painting process


FireAlpaca

  • info: Similar to PaintToolSAI, completely free
  • OS: Windows/Mac
  • Pressure Sensitivity: Yes
  • other:


GIMP

  • info: It's a good alternative to Photoshop
  • OS: Windows/Mac/Linux
  • Pressure Sensitivity: Yes, but may require finagling
  • other: You can get GIMPShop, which is a modified version of GIMP, but with an interface similar to Photoshop's


InkScape

  • info: Free vector art program
  • OS: Windows/Mac/Linux
  • Pressure Sensitivity: Yes
  • other: "Much like illustrator. Good for people who like working with vectors. However, it's other major use is to convert scanned line art into vector art, which you can export back into Photoshop or another art program. This helps you to clean your lines up and smooth them out." ~Imaginarygirl


Krita

  • info: Open source Digital Painting and Drawing Suite, great for sketching and painting
  • OS: Cross-Platform
  • Pressure Sensitivity: Yes
  • other: Be sure to check out the features list, as not all image formats are fully supported.


Microsoft Paint (Classic)

  • info: Free Program that comes with Windows
  • OS: Windows XP or earlier versions (Vista and above have different features)
  • Pressure Sensitivity: No
  • other: You can use CanvasPaint, which is a web-based MSPaint Clone so you can use this good old program on any computer using your selected browser!


MyPaint

  • info: Open source painting progam
  • OS: Windows/Linux
  • Pressure Sensitivity: Yes
  • other:


Open Canvas 1.1

  • info: More of a sketch program
  • OS: Windows
  • Pressure Sensitivity: Yes
  • other: Versions 2 and over are all shareware


Paint.Net

  • info: A freeware graphics editor, it can be downloaded for older Windows versions, it is a simpler and easier to use in contast to GIMP
  • OS: Windows
  • Pressure Sensitivity: Not available as of 3.5, but in development
  • other: A Linux version is in the works and you can get many plugins/effects on the forums


PaintTool SAI

  • info: Muchly recommended graphics editor but it is NOT freeware, it comes with a 31 day trial, after that saving options are disabled.
  • OS: Windows
  • Pressure Sensitivity: Yes
  • other:As suggested by mosama, once the trial is over you can simply "screencap" your work into other image programs to remedy the "saving options disabled"


Pixen

  • info: Sprite editor
  • OS: Mac
  • Pressure Sensitivity: Yes, for opacity
  • other:


Pixia

  • info: Another free graphics program to try, originally designed for the manga/anime community.
  • OS: Windows
  • Pressure Sensitivity: Yes
  • other: Has native support for Wacom tablets




Online Image Editors


Aviary

  • info: A powerful image editor that was formely a $25/year subscription based web-application. the service turned free since February 2010.
  • OS: OS Independent
  • other:


Picnik

  • info: A good online photo editor without any registration necessary
  • OS: -
  • other: You get the ability to grab your photos directly from imagehost sites, such as Picasa, Photobucket.


Pixlr

  • info: Web-based Photoshop-like application.
  • OS: Not OS dependent
  • other: add-in available for Firefox, Chrome and Windows


Sumopaint

  • info: Another online graphics program, with the option to make an account and create a gallery
  • OS: OS Independent
  • other: Firefox add-on available.



Font creator programs


FontForge

  • info: Fully featured font editing program which supports many font formats
  • OS: Cross-Platform
  • other: For Windows computers, there are different ways to install it, the main method is to install a Unix environment layer + X Window server, or by setting up a virtual machine running linux (more info in the link). Although, an unofficial mingw version is available here
    For Mac machines, you need a X11 server installed on your system


FontStruct

  • info: Online tool that allows you to build your own modular fonts
  • OS: OS Independent
  • other: Keyboard shortcuts are available



3D modelling programs


Blender

  • info: 3D software for making models and animation (should you be so inclined)
  • OS: Windows, Mac, Linux
  • other: It's far more intricate and complicated than google sketch up.


Google Sketch Up

  • info: A very basic and simple to use 3D program. Not likely you'd use it for actual art of a comic (except possibly backgrounds) but would be handy for reference and checking perspective etc.
  • OS: Windows, Mac
  • other:Entirely freeware



Animation programs


Blender

  • info: 3D software for making models and animation (should you be so inclined)
  • OS: Windows, Mac, Linux
  • other: It's far more intricate and complicated than google sketch up.


PAP Pro 4

  • info: 2D Animation program, designed to draw traditional animation digitally.
  • OS: Windows
  • other: Tutorial available here


Pencil

  • info: It lets you create traditional hand-drawn animation (cartoon) using both bitmap and vector graphics.
  • OS: Windows, Mac, Linux
  • other: "You should also note that pencil is very crash happy. I only advise it for black and white animation as the paint fill tool screws it up a lot." ~KBlazemaster26.



Other


Photoscape

  • info: Good tool for enhancing pictures
  • OS: Windows
  • other:


Irfan View

  • info: Not for image editing, but good tool for scanned images, optimisations etc
  • OS: Windows
  • other: Can do batch editing


Game Maker (sprite editor)

  • info: Program used to create games with a simple to follow language. It has a very good sprite editor/animator included
  • OS: Windows/ Mac
  • other:



Is there a software missing? Post it here! A mod will add your suggestion to the list.
(Please refrain from linking to pirated copies of commercial products. Not only is that against the forum rules, it's also not what this thread is about.)
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Re: Free Image Editing programs

Postby stripedwine » March 17th, 2010, 10:16 am

AWESOME. I swear to god, if people still start threads asking...
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Re: Free Image Editing programs

Postby trenton_dawn » March 17th, 2010, 12:22 pm

Very nice.
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Re: Free Image Editing programs

Postby Dchao » March 17th, 2010, 5:54 pm

Such a great thread to have. :3
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Re: Free Image Editing programs

Postby Seven Rain » March 17th, 2010, 6:17 pm

Hmm... There's a program called Irfan View that's good for scanning and optimization and such.
Dunno if it can really be considered an image editing program, but good nonetheless.
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Postby Anasatcia » March 20th, 2010, 1:51 am

I use Open Canvas, it's pretty good.

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Re: Free Image Editing programs

Postby ImaginaryGirl » March 20th, 2010, 3:32 pm

I used to use GIMP, but the user interface is pretty terrible and has gotten worse over the years, imo. However, I do hear that there's a photoshop skin you can download for it. I don't know if it's good or not, though.
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Re: Free Image Editing programs

Postby robybang » March 20th, 2010, 4:17 pm

Paint.net is only available for Windows, but some people are trying to make a version for Linux. It's easier to use than GIMP, but doesn't have as many effects, unless you download them from the Paint.net forum.
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Re: Free Image Editing programs

Postby mosama » March 20th, 2010, 4:51 pm

LMAO yes this finally got an official thread filled with great magical stuff (and by great magical stuff i mean PaintSAI and Gimp)
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Re: Free Image Editing programs

Postby TCF » March 20th, 2010, 6:56 pm

Photoscape isn't too bad.
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Re: Free Image Editing programs

Postby Grivoiserie » March 21st, 2010, 12:22 am

I've never tried this, but might be useful to some: Aviary
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Re: Free Image Editing programs

Postby granmastern » March 22nd, 2010, 10:58 am

Thanks everyone! updating the list right now :D
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Re: Free Image Editing programs

Postby ImaginaryGirl » March 22nd, 2010, 3:21 pm

Here's some info on Inkscape- its a free vector art program, much like illustrator. Good for people who like working with vectors. However, it's other major use is to convert scanned line art into vector art, which you can export back into Photoshop or another art program. This helps you to clean your lines up and smooth them out.
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Re: Free Image Editing programs

Postby granmastern » March 23rd, 2010, 10:47 am

ImaginaryGirl wrote:Here's some info on Inkscape- its a free vector art program, much like illustrator. Good for people who like working with vectors. However, it's other major use is to convert scanned line art into vector art, which you can export back into Photoshop or another art program. This helps you to clean your lines up and smooth them out.


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Re: Free Image Editing programs

Postby Dredsina » April 23rd, 2010, 2:28 pm

I use GIMP, and it's fairly good, but it's also a bit ridiculous what with layer boundaries and color selection. The line quality isn't very good either. But it's the best freeware that fits me.
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