42 Best Free Linux Graphics Software

Last Updated on March 19, 2022

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Linux has matured into an excellent platform for 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. Each software program is released under an open source license.

There is a fairly limited range of open source software that offers the ability of rendering images with Linux. Rendering is the process of taking a 3D model and displaying it as a two-dimensional image. Unfortunately, some of the applications have not seen any development in recent years, abandoned by their developers with no one coming forward to step into their shoes. Nevertheless, there are still some high quality, open source Linux modelers which are worth investigating.

Vector editors are ideal for technical illustrations, diagramming, flowcharting, artistic illustrations, promotional posters, banners, signage, logos, typography, vehicle wraps and layout. Bitmap editors are more suitable for retouching, photo processing, photorealistic illustrations, collage, and illustrations drawn by hand with a pen tablet.

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.

Graphics Software
BlenderFully integrated 3D content creation suite
Art of Illusion3D modelling and rendering studio
K-3D3D modeling and animation software
Wings 3DPowerful subdivision modeler
YafRayMontecarlo raytracing engine
POV-RayCreate stunning 3D graphics
VIPSImage processing software package
LuxCoreRenderPhysically based and unbiased rendering engine
GIMPAward winning image editor
KritaSuperb sketching and painting software
PintaSimple yet powerful drawing and image editing tool
MyPaintNimble, distraction-free, and easy tool for digital painters
InkscapeProfessional vector graphics editor
LibreOffice - DrawProduces anything from a quick sketch to a complex plan
KarbonPart of the Calligra office suite
PencilGUI prototyping tool to create mockups
TupiDesign and authoring tool for 2D Animation
SynfigIndustrial-strength solution for creating film-quality animation
DiaTool for making diagrams and schematic illustrations
SkencilInteractive vector drawing application
ShotwellPhoto manager for GNOME
digiKamAdvanced digital photo management software
F-SpotImage organizer, designed to provide personal photo management
gThumbAdvanced image viewer and browser
GwenviewSimple image viewer for KDE 4
Eye of GnomeFast and functional image viewer
DarktableVirtual lighttable and darkroom for photographers
WebcamoidVersatile webcam suite
CheeseTake pictures and videos from your webcam
HuginPanorama photo stitching program
gphoto2Digital camera command-line client
GTKRawGalleryPhoto retouching software and camera raw image developer
RawTherapeePost-production tool for photography
TesseractOptical Character Recognition Engine
XSaneFeatureful graphical frontend for SANE
QCadProfessional CAD System
BRL-CADConstructive Solid Geometry (CSG) solid modeling system
FreeCAD3D-Solid and general purpose design CAD/CAE
LibreCADFully comprehensive 2D CAD application
flameshotComplete screen capture and snipping tool
ShutterFeature-rich screenshot application
ImageMagickSoftware suite to create, edit, and compose bitmap images
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