Free graphics software

INKSCAPE

Inkscape is an open-source vector graphics editor similar to Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw, Freehand, or Xara X. What sets Inkscape apart is its use of Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), an open XML-based W3C standard, as the native format.

Features:
- Object creation
- Object manipulation
- Fill and stroke
- Operations on paths
- Text support
- Rendering


DIA

Dia is a GTK+ based diagram creation program for Linux, Unix and Windows released under the GPL license.

Dia is roughly inspired by the commercial Windows program 'Visio', though more geared towards informal diagrams for casual use. It can be used to draw many different kinds of diagrams. It currently has special objects to help draw entity relationship diagrams, UML diagrams, flowcharts, network diagrams, and many other diagrams. It is also possible to add support for new shapes by writing simple XML files, using a subset of SVG to draw the shape. It can load and save diagrams to a custom XML format (gzipped by default, to save space), can export diagrams to a number of formats, including EPS, SVG, XFIG, WMF and PNG, and can print diagrams (including ones that span multiple pages).


GIMP AND GIMPSHOP

The GNU Image Manipulation Program, or GIMP, is a free raster graphics editor used to process digital graphics and photographs. Typical uses include creating graphics and logos, resizing and cropping photos, altering colors, combining multiple images, removing unwanted image features, and converting between different image formats. GIMP can also be used to create basic animated images in GIF format. It is often used as a free software replacement for Adobe Photoshop, the most widely used bitmap editor in the printing and graphics industries; however, it is not designed to be a Photoshop clone. The project's mascot is named Wilber.

The project was started in 1995 by Spencer Kimball and Peter Mattis and is now maintained by a group of volunteers under the auspices of the GNOME Project. The current version of GIMP works with numerous operating systems, including all modern Linux distributions, all recent versions of Microsoft Windows, and Apple's OS-X.

GIMPshop is a modification of the free/open source GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP), intended to replicate the feel of Adobe Photoshop. Its primary purpose is to make users of Photoshop feel comfortable using GIMP. Due to the changes to the interface, many Photoshop tutorials can be followed in GIMPshop unchanged, and most others can be adapted for GIMPshop users with minimal effort.

Gimp Home Page

Gimpshop Home Page



FASTSTONE image viewer

FastStone Image Viewer is a fast, stable, user-friendly image browser, converter and editor. It has a nice array of features that include image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping and color adjustments. Its innovative but intuitive full-screen mode provides quick access to EXIF information, thumbnail browser and major functionalities via hidden toolbars that pop up when your mouse touches the four edges of the screen. Other features include a high quality magnifier and a musical slideshow with 150+ transitional effects, as well as lossless JPEG transitions, drop shadow effects, image annotation, scanner support, histogram and much more. It supports all major graphic formats (BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, animated GIF, PNG, PCX, TIFF, WMF, ICO and TGA) and popular digital camera RAW formats (CRW, CR2, NEF, PEF, RAF, MRW, ORF, SRF and DNG).

As of version 3.5, usage of FastStone Image Viewer remains cost-free for personal and educational (including non-profit organization) use, while still requiring a registration for commercial use.


Photoscape

Photoscape is the fun and easy photo editing software that enables you to fix and enhance photos.

Key Features

   - Viewer: View your folders photos, slideshow
   - Editor: resizing, brightness and color adjustment, white balance, backlight correction, frames, balloons, mosaic mode, adding text, drawing pictures, cropping, filters, red eye removal, blooming
   - Batch editor: Batch editing multiple photos
   - Page: Make one photo by merging multiple photos at the page frame
   - Combine: Make one photo by attaching multiple photos vertically or horizontally
   - Animated GIF: Make one animation photo with multiple photos
   - Print: Print portrait shot, carte de visite, passport photo
   - Splitter: Divide a photo into multiple parts
   - Screen Capture: Capture your screenshot and save it
   - Color Picker: Zoom in screen on images, search and pick the color
   - Rename: Change photo file names in batch mode
   - Raw Converter: Convert RAW to JPG


PAINT.NET

Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for computers that run Windows.

Features:

- Simple, intuitive, and innovative user interface
Every feature and user interface element was designed to be immediately intuitive and quickly learnable without assistance. In order to handle multiple images easily, Paint.NET uses a tabbed document interface. The tabs display a live thumbnail of the image instead of a text description. This makes navigation very simple and fast.

- Layers
Usually only found on expensive or complicated professional software, layers form the basis for a rich image composition experience. You may think of them as a stack of transparency slides that, when viewed together at the same time, form one image.

- Special Effects
Many special effects are included for enhancing and perfecting your images. Everything from blurring, sharpening, red-eye removal, distortion, noise, and embossing are included. Also included is our unique 3D Rotate/Zoom effect that makes it very easy to add perspective and tilting.

- Powerful Tools
Paint.NET includes simple tools for drawing shapes, including an easy-to-use curve tool for drawing splines or Bezier curves. The Gradient tool, new for 3.0, has been cited as an innovative improvement over similar tools provided by other software. The facilities for creating and working with selections is powerful, yet still simple enough to be picked up quickly. Other powerful tools include the Magic Wand for selecting regions of similar color, and the Clone Stamp for copying or erasing portions of an image. There is also a simple text editor, a tool for zooming, and a Recolor tool.


IMGV

IMGV is a unique and feature rich Image Viewer. It is released as free software with full source code. Imgv is portable and can run on Windows, Linux, BSD, OSX, and other operating systems.

- Supported Files: JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIFF, BMP, PCX, TGA, PPM, PNM, PBM, PGM, XPM, XCF, LBM, IFF, MPEG
- Command Line: Ability to load image files from the command line.
- Fullscreen Support: View images in fullscreen mode.
- Slideshows: Create different types of slideshows.
- Transitional Effects: Effects currently include "fade in" and "melt". Ability to set multiple effects to run at the same time.
- Play Lists: Have collections of images. Files can be in any directory or drive on your system or even on the Web.
- Multi-view: You can view four images at a time (and even slideshow in this mode)
- Exif Support: On-the-fly viewing of Exif information (meta-data from images that came from digital cameras, scanners, etc) and detailed Exif viewing are available.
- External Editor Support: Launch images into an external editor such as Adobe Photoshop for editing.
- Wallpaper Setting: - Easily set your desktop wallpaper.
- Costumization: Edit "imgv.conf" to configure IMGV's interface and abilities to your desires.
- Thumbnail Support: View screenfulls of thumbnails and adjust their sizes.
- Extract Images from web pages: View individual images from Web URL's or extract all images from a Web page. You can then manipulate the images and even download them.
- Multi-Directory Loading: You can tag multiple directories to load all of their images at the same time.
- Subdirectory Loading: Optionally load sub-directories too.
- Hand Tool: Drag images to move them around the screen
- Persistent Zoom: Lock the zoom amount so that all images are auto-zoomed to that amount<
- Shuffle: Dynamically randomizes the images, even across multiple directories.
- Search Filters: Search for or filter out certain images.
- Typical Features: Zoom-in/out. Rotate. Flip vertically/horizontally, etc
- Movies Support: View MPEG movies
- Image Closing: Remove an image from your current session without deleting it.
- Image Hiding: Hides displayed images by blanking the window until a keypress or mouse-click. You can also password protect this feature.
- Image Details: Shows an entire screen full of information about the image.
- Histogram Support: View an image histogram in color.
- ScreenSaver Disabling: IMGV temporarily disables your screensaver when watching movies or viewing slideshows.


Tux Paint

Tux Paint is a free, award-winning drawing program for children ages 3 to 12 (for example, preschool and K-6). It combines an easy-to-use interface, fun sound effects, and an encouraging cartoon mascot who guides children as they use the program.

Kids are presented with a blank canvas and a variety of drawing tools to help them be creative.