The best 6 free graphic design software

6 most useful graphic designing software for LinuxLinux has no dearth of graphic design software. Linux has matured into an excellent platform for artists, photographers, animators, and designers. There is a lot of open source software available to create, modify and convert 2D and 3D computer graphics. The applications also offer the powerful features to act as a perfect companion for a digital artist.

Today, we are going to discuss the best free high-quality Linux graphics designing tools. So, let’s start-

GIMP

GIMP is one of the best free tools for a digital artist to have installed on Ubuntu or any other Linux distributions and it stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It's available in versions for Linux, Windows, and Mac. GIMP's interface differs somewhat from Photoshop, but it mimics Adobe's look and feels which making it a little bit easier to migrate over if you're ditching Photoshop. It has lots of features to provide more than just editing a photo or redesigning it. It can be used as an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter. It is designed to be augmented with plugins and extensions.

Blender

If you're serious about 3D but struggling to afford software, then you're lucky, because the Blender is a free and open source 3D content creation suite which available for all major operating systems. Ton Roosendaal is the founder of Blender. It used to be developed commercially but is now released under the GPL. You can pretty much do anything 3D related with this software including such as modeling, animation, rendering, texturing, skinning, rigging, weighting, non-linear editing, scripting, compositing, post-production and much more.

Krita

Yet another impressive Linux tool for digital artists. Krita was meant as an add-on with KOffice to facilitate image editing within the suite of office tools. But it turned out to have a lot more potential to be an independent desktop application competing with programs like GIMP. Krita is a free and open source painting tool that's been in development since 1999. It comes with a full set of brushes suitable for all manner of work. From its advanced filters can painting assistants for perspective work. The Krita features bring the brush stabilisers to smooth out any shaky lines, a wrap-around mode for creating seamless textures and patterns. And its pop-up palette for quick colour-picking. Krita supports the following image formats, both for importing and exporting: PNG, TIFF, JPEG, Dicom, XCF, PSD, GIF, BMP, XPM, Targa, RGB, and OpenEXR. Additionally, Krita can import ICO files.

Gravit Designer

Gravit Designer is a full-featured vector design app suitable for all manner of jobs, from screen and icon designs through to presentations, illustration and animation. This free graphic design software has a wealth of tools for creating detailed and beautiful vector imagery, including non-destructive booleans, a knife tool, and path graphs, plus multiple fills and blending modes, and a powerful text engine. It'll export the files as PDF, SVG or bitmap.

Inkscape

It is an open source vector graphics editor. You can have it installed on your Linux system as an alternative to Adobe Illustrator. Inkscape focuses on the SVG format as its primary file format. This editor has a very good SVG integration which supports many of the more advanced features that aren't always available in other apps – such as alpha blending, cloned objects, and markers. It makes possible to achieve extremely sophisticated artwork. You can export to SVG format, SVGZ, LaTeX, and POV-Ray file format as well. There are extensions which let you save files as PDFs, EPS, and so on.

Vectr

As the name suggests, Vectr is a tool for vector graphics. It is slightly different than the regular desktop software. Its Available both as a browser-based web app and as a stand-alone desktop app. Vectr is a free editor for creating 2D vector graphics. It has the real-time collaboration feature. You can provide the URL of your design and others can watch you editing an image in real time. It also has a set of documentation for new users to get started with creating vector design. The desktop app is available for Linux, Windows, and MacOS. But it's not an open source software, still, you can download it for free.

 

Conclusion

Finally, you came to know about 6 of the best Linux tools for digital artists. Of course, the list we compiled contained only the popular and loved choices for almost everyone using Linux. Apart from that, did we miss any of your favorite Linux tools tailored for digital artists? Also, if you are a digital artist, which one of the above would be willing to choose as the best for your use?

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