Tools & Technology

The following are links to selected free and 'open source' software & tools for use in the Creative Arts that you might want to try:

  • Art of Illusion - A free and 'open source' 3D modelling and rendering studio rivalling many more costly commercial programs.

  • Blender - A free and open source 3D content creation suite, available for all major operating systems.

  • Calligra Karbon - An easy to use free & open source vector drawing application.

  • DarkTable - An open source photography workflow application and RAW developer. A virtual lighttable and darkroom for photographers.

  • GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) - A multi-platform photo & image manipulation tool. It is an open source alternative to Photoshop.

  • GNOME Projects - Hundreds of free and open source GNOME applications for playing media, editing photos, and more.

  • Kaltura - A community developed free and open source video management platform and applications.

  • Krita - A full-featured, open source sketching and painting application for digital artists.

  • Libre Office - A comprehensive open source software suite of office applications (e.g. word processing, spreadsheet) similar to MS Office.

  • MyPaint - An open source graphics application for digital painters.

  • Open Movie Editor - A free and open source video editing program, designed for basic movie making capabilities.

  • PhotoPrint - A free utility designed to assist in the process of printing digital photographs and posters.

  • Scribus - An open source desktop publishing system with and extensive graphics tools.

  • Sculptris and ZBrush - Sculptris is a free 3D modeling application for artists. ZBrush is a more advanced commercial product.

  • Shape Collage - An open source tool that allows you to create picture collages in any imaginable shape or form.

  • Synfig Studio - Free and open-source 2D animation software solution for creating film-quality animation using vector and bitmap artwork.

  • TuxPaint - A free, award-winning drawing program for children ages from 3 to 12.

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