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42 of the Best Free Linux Graphics Software

42 of the Best Free Linux Graphics Software

Linux is a very strong platform for budding artists, photographers, animators, and designers. With inexpensive hardware, free software, and a modicum of talent and inspiration, anyone can create professional-looking computer graphics.

There is a huge range of Open Source software available to create, modify and convert 2D and 3D computer graphics. To provide an insight into the software that is available, we have compiled a list of 42 high quality Linux graphics applications. The vast majority of the software featured here sport an attractive graphical front-end, although we have not neglected console based applications.

Now, let's explore the 42 graphics applications at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, providing a screenshot of the software in action, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, together with links to relevant resources and reviews.

3D Modeling and Rendering
Art of Illusion 3D-modeler, renderer and raytracer
Blender Very fast and versatile 3D modeler/renderer 
K-3D 3D modeling and animation system
Pixie Photorealistic raytracing renderer for generating photorealistic images
POV-Ray Full-featured ray tracer
Radiance Suite of tools for performing lighting simulation
Sunflow Rendering system for photo-realistic image synthesis
YafRay Powerful raytracer
Raster Graphics Editor
CinePaint Painting, manipulation and image processing
GIMP GNU Image Manipulation Program
Gimpshop Fork of GIMP mimicing Adobe Photoshop's interface
Krita Edit and paint images
Vector Graphics Editor
Inkscape Vector-based drawing program
OpenOffice.org Draw Produces simple diagrams, flowcharts and 3-D artwork
Xara Xtreme Heavyweight vector graphics, illustration and DTP program
Animation
Pencil Create traditional hand-drawn animation using bitmap and vector graphics
Tupi Produce professional cartoons
Synfig Create and edit 2D animations and compositions
Drawing
ArgoUML UML modelling tool
Dia Diagram editor
Kivio Flowcharting program for the KDE Office Suite
Skencil Interactive vector drawing program
Photo Management
blueMarine Digital photo manipulation software
F-Spot Personal photo management application
Viewers
Cornice Designed to be a free replacement of ACDSee
gThumb Advanced image viewer and browser
Gwenview Simple image viewer for KDE 4
Eye of Gnome Fast and functional image viewer
Imgv Powerful image viewer
Camera
Cheese Take pictures and videos from your webcam
digiKam Digital photo management application for KDE
gphoto2 Set of digital camera software applications
Rawstudio Raw-image converter and manipulation
Scanning
Kooka Scanner program for KDE
Tesseract Optical Character Recognition Engine
XSane Featureful graphical frontend for SANE
CAD
QCad Professional CAD System
BRL-CAD Constructive Solid Geometry (CSG) solid modeling system
Fractals
Gnofract 4D
GNOME based fractal generator
XaoS Real-time interactive fractal zoomer
Utilities
Agave Colorscheme designer for the GNOME desktop
ImageMagick Software suite to create, edit, and compose bitmap images

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