We can’t deny that Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator are the programs drawing the most popular of the moment. However, many people are limited in having them for a reason: its price. Although they offer a free version, enjoy these long-term programs can become an income quer hurts in the pocket. Fortunately, today, there are other of the best drawing programs free that you can acquire to get quality, and without altering your budget.
The following solutions are highly competitive with Illustrator and Photoshop, and are backed by a huge community of developers that believe that you should have the best possible tools through an open source platform, which we are all grateful for.
To see some of the best free editing programs of photos, see also this guide.
Inkscape is probably the software of drawing vector-based most widely used since its introduction in 2003. Thirteen years later, it is still in a launch of “preview”, but it is a great free alternative to the professional level similar to Adobe Illustrator. It is backed by an international community that can help you start and that will help you with any problem that you may encounter.
Like Illustrator, Inkscape has everything a digital artist needs to create quality illustrations almost photographic. Your set of tools basic includes the creation of straight lines, freehand lines, shapes, boxes 3D, Bezier curves, spirals, and much more. You can add layers, color fills and even effects, such as blurs, glows, bevels, shadows, textures, highlights, etc
There are many tutorials, text and video available, and also gives you access to manuals and quick references, including information on keyboard shortcuts and command line script. All this, and without a monthly fee.
This is another drawing tool based on vectors that you can download or use for free online. Its interface is extremely clean, with the stack of layers listed on the left, a work table sits in the center and the configuration of the objects that you select in the slate of work that appears to the right. The tool set seems minimalist until you click on the button “more forms” in the toolbar to reveal the other 28 designs.
In your heart, Vectr is ideal for creating business cards, logos, typography, posters and other designs that do not involve many details. It is backed by integrated lessons that cover gradients, layers, and filters-import of images. You can also find tutorials that will help you to do things like re-create the icon of Google Android, design a background image for the YouTube channel, create the logos of Superman and Batman, and more. Ah: and all the designs you can export, print and share on Facebook and/or Twitter.
Microsoft Expression Design 4
The design tool of Microsoft made its debut in 2007 as part of the acquisition of Creature House Expression, in 2003. The latest version of this tool illustration vector-based arrived in 2012 and is now free, but since this is not officially supported by Microsoft. Even so, you can find support provided by the community through the forums of Microsoft Expression.
For features, the Expression Design 4 is not as robust as Inkscape. It is a lightweight tool, designed for developers who create user interfaces, graphics, web-based, etc Even so, it is great to create any graphic that does not require a lot of visual effects. You will not see tools to blur or instantly create shadows, but many basic options to generate lines and shapes, add text, create layers, and more. Consider the Expression Design 4 as an excellent tool for creating logos and banners.
SVG-edit is extremely simplistic in features and design. Provides reference tools to create lines and shapes, and an option to insert images based on bitmaps in the scene. You can accumulate layers to get extra deep in your drawings, but the real high point of the SVG-edit is with its roots based in the browser, which makes it compatible with any PC that use web browsers that are modern, such as Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Safari, and Firefox. Test this option, if you don’t want to install the software on your PC.
GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP)
This alternative free and open-source for Adobe Photoshop, which exists since 1995 and is packaged with everything you need to edit your photos and drawings. It even allows you to generate stunning digital paintings from scratch. It is a tool that should be live all the digital artists.
In general, GIMP provides two main components: your work table as a central window and a box of tools rectangular that can “float” on the desktop, or stick to the side of the central window. You can create other tools of the package “floating” you can then group, such as layers, brushes, color channels, routes, and history. This is extremely useful if you want to optimize your process of editing and design.
But the toolbox is where it really stands out your arsenal art, providing you with tools to paint, use pencil, blur, sharpen, clone, delete, and much more. There is even a path tool for creating basic lines vector-based, if you do not want to install a secondary program based on these. Do you want visual effects? You’ll have access to a large library. GIMP even supports add-ons created by the community.
*Updated by Maria Teresa Lopes on march 12, 2019.
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