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Have Fun with 26 Open Source Software for Designers and Artists

Always looking for new exciting features that makes your working process just a bit easier and fun? Here are 26 open source software that will do the trick.
The italic texts are descriptions from the software's websites.

3D Modeling

1. Blender

Blender is the free open source 3D content creation suite, available for all major operating systems under the GNU General Public License.

2. FreeCAD

FreeCAD is a general purpose feature-based, parametric 3D modeler aimed directly at mechanical engineering and product design but also fits a wider range of uses in engineering, such as architecture or other engineering specialties. It is 100% Open Source and extremely modular, allowing for very advanced extension and customization.

3. OpenShot

OpenShot is a free, simple-to-use, feature-rich video editor for Linux.

4. CryENGINE 3 Free SDK

CryENGINE 3 Free SDK: You can try out the fastest toolset for creating game worlds and use the power of CryENGINE 3 in your own games.

Notice that the download is 1 GB, and you cannot use your results for commercial purposes.
• Operating System required: Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista SP1, Windows 7

5. 3DCrafter

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

6. Google SketchUp

Google SketchUp: Create 3D models, share them with the world and add them to Google Earth.

Art and Animation

7. Pencil

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.

8. Gimp

Gimp is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

9. Synfig

Synfig is a free and open-source 2D animation software, designed as powerful industrial-strength solution for creating film-quality animation using a vector and bitmap artwork. It eliminates the need to create animation frame-by frame, allowing you to produce 2D animation of a higher quality with fewer people and resources. Synfig Studio is available for Windows, Linux and MacOS X.

10. Odosketch

Odosketch, a beautiful vintage platform to sketch on!

11. Photoscape

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

12. Art of Illusion

Art of Illusion is a free, open source 3D modelling and rendering studio [...] Highlights include subdivision surface based modelling tools, skeleton based animation, and a graphical language for designing procedural textures and materials.

13. KTooN

KTooN is a design and authoring tool for 2D Animation inspired by animators for animators.

14. Inkscape

Inkscape is 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.

15. MyPaint

MyPaint is a fast and easy open-source graphics application for digital painters. It lets you focus on the art instead of the program. You work on your canvas with minimum distractions, bringing up the interface only when you need it.

16. DrawPlus

DrawPlus is a free drawing and graphics software.

17. ScribblerToo

ScribblerToo is an online drawing/sketching program.

18. Flash PAINT

Flash PAINT is a free online painting tool.

19. Pencil Project

Pencil Project is a free and opensource tool for making diagrams and GUI prototyping that everyone can use.

Interface Design

20. Lumzy

Lumzy is a Mockup and Prototype creation tool for websites and applications.


DENIM is a system that helps web site designers in the early stages of design. DENIM supports sketching input, allows design at different refinement levels, and unifies the levels through zooming.

22. Mockingbird

Mockingbird is an online interface design tool.

23. fluidIA

fluidIA is an online design tool for prototyping user interfaces.

24. Cacoo

Cacoo is a user friendly online drawing tool that allows you to create a variety of diagrams such as site maps, wire frames, UML and network charts. Cacoo can be used free of charge.


25. Artweaver Free

Artweaver Free is a freeware painting program which is suitable for beginners but also suitable for advanced users. You can record all your steps and replay them afterwards or provide them to other users. Also there are many tools and features like layers and effect filter in Artweaver Free.

26. ColorPic

ColorPic: This color picker has a magnifier attached. Grab palettes of up to 16 colors at once and use four advanced color mixers to select a spectrum of possibilities.

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