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Graphic Artist Loves Open Source

29 Dec

Are you an starving artist looking for some affordable digital tools? We’ve posted before about open source software. However, I just have to jump in again and focus on Graphic Designing with Open Source. I work on a Mac, PC and even an Ubuntu Linux box. Professional Graphics Software isn’t cheap. So I let my Boss buy it for work. Adobe is great, and pricey. My heart is with the following software. All available for all platforms I use.

 

Inkscape (Illustrator equivalent)

Pros:

  • The Best Auto trace anywhere.
  • SVG native format- (one of Illustrators default save options)
  • PDF editing well underway- not fully implemented
  • Diagraming tool works great for planning websites

Cons:

  • Color Swatches are not currently able to be saved in direct manner. No Built in Pantone support ( but that is just a matter of specifying the proper Pantone number for printing)

 

Gimp (Photoshop equivalent)

Pros:

  • It’s free
  • Regularly updated with fixes and the latest features
  • Strong community
  • Runs smoothly on almost every platform
  • Customizable with plugins and scripts
  • Handles almost any format including: bmp, gif, jpeg, mng, pcx, pdf, png, psd, svg, tiff, tga, xpm

Cons:

  • Newest version can be buggy
  • No 16-bit per channel color support
  • Feature development is slow

 

Scribus (InDesign equivalent)

Pros:

  • It’s free
  • PDF compressing is quality
  • Works well on Windows
  • It is a lightweight program

Cons:

  • Lacks the “spell check”
  • Need to keep the pictures integrated in your document in the same location on your computer or you’ll lose them
  • Doesn’t look pleasant when switching fonts
  • Runs slow with multiple pages or large files
  • Navigation needs to be updated
  • Not enough intuitive
  • Documentation is incomplete

 

Blender (Maya equivalent)

The pros:

  • It’s free
  • Features animation, rigging, fluid simulations, UV mapping, and more
  • Export blender files to different file formats
  • Render with your gpu instead of cpu

The cons:

  • Slow viewport performance with high-poly scenes
  • Layers system is not intuitive at times
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Need Photoshop or Illustrator?

5 Sep

Are you an aspiring graphic artist or web designer? The industry standard is the Adobe Creative Suite, but you may not have the necessary income to afford the software in the cloud. Adobe does offer the CS2 Creative Suite for a free download. These products including Photoshop and Illustrator were released more than seven years ago and do not run on many modern operating systems. Adobe also no longer supports them. However, if you want to get your feet wet and start dabbling in the world of Photoshop and Illustrator, consider downloading these free versions.

Find the link for CS2
http://www.adobe.com/downloads/other-downloads.html

 

 

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Get Your Cheat Sheets Here

4 May

I stumbled upon this great site that contains every computing quick reference guide you can think of known to the human race. The site says, “All cheat sheets, round-ups, quick reference cards, quick reference guides and quick reference sheets in one page. The only one you need.” The site is truly extensive and has information from AJAX to Illustrator to Photoshop to Visual Studio to Zen Coding.

http://www.cheat-sheets.org/

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Dr. Pic to the Rescue

19 Dec


Do you need to re-size a photo? Do you need to crop someone out of a photo? How many times have you received a huge image in your email inbox that simply overwhelms your screen? Use Dr. Pic and save your friends the pain of getting a digital image that is just overwhelming.

Dr. Pic is a free photo manipulation application that you can use from the convenience of your web browser. Traditionally you would need to purchase Adobe’s Photoshop program to re-size or crop a picture. A few years ago, GIMP came out as a free open source software alternative to get the image manipulation job done. However now with Dr. Pic, you can let your web browser do all the work.

How do I use the program?
First, you need to either load a picture from the Internet or from your local hard drive. After you load it into Dr. Pic, you can apply a host of features to your photo. After you’ve done your work, you can save to the web or to your local machine.

What do you use to re-size photos?

Use Dr. Pic to Save Your Photo Project
http://drpic.com/

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GimpShop

8 Aug

Do you want to edit and manipulate photos but you don’t have the gusto to buy Photoshop? For all aspiring graphic artists there is hope with GimpShop. This free source graphic editing program has great features. Of course the program has limitations and it is not as great as the Abode counterpart, but it works.


http://www.gimpshop.net

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