25 Free Must Download Design Programs

TimothyBlake • June 15th, 2009

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25 free must download design programs, the article features a range of different design programs including alternative programs for some of the most popular design programs such as Photoshop, flash and illustrator. A great collection of programs available for free which is perfect while currently suffering from a recession.

 

Image Editing

1) Paint.net

Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for computers that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. An active and growing online community provides friendly help, tutorials, and plugins.

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2) GIMP 2.6.6

GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages

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3) Xara Xtreme

Xara Xtreme is quite simply the best value and fastest all-in-one graphics package you’ll find. For drawings or photo work, for print or the web, it’s the perfect choice.

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4) Active Pixels

Great free app which is very similar to Photoshop.

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5) PaintStar

PaintStar is a versatile digital image processing software suitable for such tasks as retouching of photographs, composing and authoring images, image morphing, screen capture, and displaying image thumbnail in Windows Explorer context menu.

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6) Picasa 3.1 Build 71.43

Picasa automatically finds and organizes all of your pictures including: jpeg, tiff, bmp, psd, and standard camera movie files. Sending pictures with e-mail used to mean five steps just to get it right. Picasa lets you pick the size and then automatically attaches your pictures. Browse through all your pictures and view slideshows of your albums with the click of a button. Enhance, fix red-eye, and even crop without losing data or permanently changing your original picture.

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7) Art weaver

Artweaver is a Windows Freeware program to simulate natural brush tools. It is therefore suitable to leave your creativity free run. Artweaver offers you a clear program window, which can be used without training immediately.

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8) VCW VicMan’s Photo Editor

VCW VicMan’s Photo Editor is a versatile image editor with an intuitive interface and a wide variety of features. This powerful application is user friendly, offering simple image editing, high productivity and easy customization.

 

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9) Photo Pos Lite

Photo Pos Lite is a free lite version of the award-wining photo editor Photo Pos Pro. Photo Pos Lite contains many of Photo Pos Pro’s tools and features.

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10) MAGIX Xtreme Photo Designer

MAGIX Xtreme Photo Designer is a powerful yet easy to use application that allows you to edit your photos quickly and precisely. This incredible program offers a comprehensive set of tools that enables you to edit your pictures and assists in transforming your photo ideas into reality.

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Illustration Design Programs

 

11) Inkscape

I think inkscape is one best of vector programs alongside illustrator plus its very easy to learn. Its 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.

 

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12) Draw plus 4

Not a popular program as inksscape but still great free program, when you need the very best results from your drawing & graphics projects – choose DrawPlus 4, our much enhanced version, which offers a massive range of additional vector drawing tools, graphic design features and animation features.

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13) Karbon

Karbon is a vector drawing application with an user interface that is easy to use, highly customizable and extensible. That makes Karbon a great application for users starting to explore the world of vector graphics as well as for artists wanting to create breathtaking vector art.

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14) Insight Point

Karbon is a vector drawing application with an user interface that is easy to use, highly customizable and extensible. That makes Karbon a great application for users starting to explore the world of vector graphics as well as for artists wanting to create breathtaking vector art.

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15) Smooth Draw

The best free program which I’ve come across if your looking to test out your skills using a tablet. SmoothDraw NX is an easy yet powerful freehand drawing tool. It’s a limited yet free version of SmoothDraw. It produces the most smooth and expressive stroke through your tablet. It also smoothes mouse input for who don’t have a tablet.

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16) Pencil 0.4.4b

Pencil is an animation/drawing software for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. It lets you create traditional hand-drawn animation (cartoon) using both bitmap and vector graphics. Pencil is free and open source.

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17) SPRAY vector generator 0.1

SPRAY vector generator is intended to produce helper objects for vector illustration software like Xara X, Corel Draw, Adobe photoshop. You can easily generate huge number of circles with random position, fill, outline color; random paths, grids, and rays. You can place generated objects thru clipboard at your favorite illustration app. Developed for Xara X but also works with Corel Draw or Adobe Illustrator.

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3D Modelling

18) Blender

This is the best 3D modelling program that I’ve come across Blender is the free open source 3D content creation suite, available for all major operating systems under the GNU General Public License.

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19) K-3D

K-3D is free-as-in-freedom 3D modelling and animation software. It features a plugin-oriented procedural engine for all of its content, making K-3D a very versatile and powerful package.K-3D excels at polygonal modelling, and includes basic tools for NURBS, patches, curves and animation. Give it a try!

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20) 3DPlus 2

3DPlus is the amazing 3D design software that enables you to create stunning 3D graphics for your home, school or business – no experience required!

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21) Google Sketch up

Google SketchUp Pro 7 is a suite of powerful features and applications for design and engineering professionals.

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22) 3D Canvas

3D Canvas is a real-time 3D modeling and animation tool that incorporates an intuitive drag-and-drop approach to 3D modeling.

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Animation Programs

23) Synfig

Synfig is a powerful, industrial-strength vector-based 2D animation software package, designed from the ground-up for producing feature-film quality animation with fewer people and resources.

 

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24) TouchArt

touch Player and 21 interactive 2D and 3D animations (synths) are included in this sampler. Touch lets you manipulate visuals in real-time, giving you control of various parameters like lighting, color, textures, motion, video playback, and composing. Play some audio and you can sync visuals to the BPM.

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25) anim pixels

A great free program which allows you to create powerful 2d 3d cool looking graphic animations.

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Leave a comment below, tell us what your three favourite free design programs are.

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  • http://www.Qubits.com Mark Burginger

    Let’s add a terrific 3D architectural program – ArchiCAD https://www.myarchicad.com/

  • Muhammad Zafar

    Nice post from nice persons
    for designers

  • Olga Mavropoulou

    Great list. Thanks!
    Really helpful!

  • anupama

    thanks very informative .. have been searching for updates on various design tools

  • manish kumar

    nice collection.

  • Philippos

    Great collection

  • http://creativenerds RAJ ALLAN

    nice program mes thanks very much

  • Akshay

    these nice and fabulous programs were very usefull

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    Very awesome Programs…..Thanx to its Developers

  • http://www.ideasgold.com MV

    Such a long list of free design programs! Thank you very much.

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    I love what i like doing

  • vipan kumar

    very good collection

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    here i’am getting software details..its very useful..tnx

  • junaid

    wow

  • Richie8720

    I think K-3D is the best program to use for what i wanna do but I’m not sure yet. :/

  • http://www.ukpaidsurveys.info richard

    Thanks for the great list. Love the 3d Canvas

  • Sathishkumar

    Extraordinary collections ….thank you so much…..

  • Lucie

    Fantastic, don’t know which one to try first.. Thank you so much

  • Rachman

    Good Job, Fantastic..

  • imraan

    does it work

  • imraan

    does any work

  • eye

    a very nice post. i think, “vectorian giotto” (i might have misspelled) is another one which is worth mentioning.

  • judith peziock

    very nice collection

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    Brilliant Post! check out my blog FreeGraphicDesignSoftwares.blogspot.co.uk

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    Awesome! Excellent
    tutorial.

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    Piet Mondrian Software
    http://pietmondrian.fiprovision.com

  • http://www.clipping4u.com Safi Sarkar

    Nice collection, thanks for share.