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8 Essential Free Graphics Tools

8 Essential Free Graphics Tools

Linux is a promising platform for artists, photographers, animators, and designers. With low cost hardware, good free software, and a modicum of natural ability and dedication, anyone can generate professional-looking computer graphics.

The open source community has produced a rich variety of open source graphics tools. There is such a vast array of utilities available to download that it can be very time consuming to separate the wheat from the chaff. The purpose of this article is to identify some of our favorite graphical tools. We cover color management utilities, image processing, graphical converters and optimisers, and workflow applications.

Now, let's explore the 8 graphics tools at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, a screenshot of the software in action, together with links to relevant resources and reviews.

Graphics Tools
LPROF Hardware Color Profiler
UFRaw Standalone tool to import RAW data from high-end digital cameras
Darktable Virtual lighttable and darkroom for photographers
UniConvertor Universal vector graphics translator
Trimage GUI and command-line interface to optimize image files
Argyll Color Management System, calibrator and profiler
Converseen Convert and resize images to any popular formats
ImageJ Image processing program inspired by NIH Image for the Macintosh

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