Best Free and Open Source Software – Graphics

Graphics Software
With a huge selection of open source software available, Linux offers the ideal environment for creative types.
AnimationAnimation - With the right tool and a large dollop of creative juices, you can create superb animations. These tools let you produce feature-film quality animation.
ASCII ArtASCII Art - Pictures put together from characters defined by the ASCII standard. These art tools make the creation of complex ASCII art effortless.
Batch Image ProcessorsBatch Image Processors - More than resize and convert images, these tools process hundreds or thousands of images with only a few clicks.
CADComputer Aided Design - CAD is the use of computer technology for the design of objects, real or virtual. Produce professional drawings for the design of real and virtual objects.
CameraCamera - Camera applications for RAW image files. As implied by the name, RAW files have not been processed. By taking pictures in this format the photographer is not committing to the conversion software built into their camera.
FlickrFlickr - Flickr is an online photo management and sharing application. We recommend useful tools for this service.
FractalsFractals - A fractal is a geometric shape or quantity which displays self-similarity and non-integer dimension. Fractal-generating software is any computer program that generates images of fractals.
HDRHDR Imaging - High dynamic range imaging (HDR) is an important technology for photographers that allows a wider dynamic range of luminances between the lightest and darkest areas of an image.
Image CompressionImage Compression (Command-Line) - Compression software to reduce the file size of graphic images from the command-line.
Image CompressionImage Compression (Graphical) - Compression software to reduce the file size of graphic images. These tools sport a graphical user interface.
Image ProcessingImage Processing Libraries - Libraries that perform image processing operations such as resampling, frequency filtering, and convolution.
Image ViewersImage Viewers - Picks the finest small image viewer tools. A good image viewer is an essential part of any operating system.
ModelersModelers - 3D modelling software offering a wide range of modeling tools, mesh editing, group editing, Boolean modeling operations, isosurface modeling and more.
PaintingPainting - These tools offer the feel of natural paint on a digital canvas. Paint software is designed to imitate closely traditional painting mediums and effects. Typically, this type of software works best with a graphic tablet.
Photo ManagementPhoto Management - Do you need to organize your digital image collection? Look no further than these tools offering techniques like tagging and albums.
Photo Metadata EditorsPhoto Metadata Editors - A metadata editor is computer software which allows users to view and edit metadata tags interactively and save them in the graphics file.
RAWRAW Processing - Process RAW files; they are similar to digital negatives. As implied by the name, RAW files have not been processed.
EditingRay Tracing - Technique for modeling light transport for use in a wide variety of rendering algorithms for generating digital images.
RenderersRenderers - Generate an image from a model (or a collection of models, known as a scene file). Rendering is a CPU-intensive process. Some software uses the GPU to accelerate the process.
Screen CaptureScreen Capture - Screen capturing is made easy with these dedicated tools. A picture is worth a thousand words.
Small Image ToolsSmall Image Tools - These small image tool are incredibly useful. If you're looking for helpful image tools without feature bloat, look no further.
Append ClipVector Graphics - Vector graphics editors. They are ideal for technical illustrations, diagramming, flowcharting, artistic illustrations, promotional posters, banners, signage, logos, typography, vehicle wraps and layout.
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