Open Source Applications for Artists in Simple Language Free Tools & Applications for Artists for Complete Digital Studio Setup

Following are the applications that are open source that means free tools available to an artist to built his studio without any monetary investment

In short, “Open Source Tools & Applications for Artists for Complete Digital Studio Setup…!!!”

Yes! You have to buy your computer hardware first. You can buy Macintosh, HP & Dell based or Assembled PC based on Windows or Any Linux System. If You already have Computer hardware setup then just go to next step to download the software…

There is possible learning curve before using this tools but I will list some tutorials sites so that you can learn fast as possible… but there is assurance that following tools will work for you…

A good news is all open source applications like Inkscape, GIMP supports 64bit processing so you can download relevent version of application as required…

What I would suggest is subscribing to relevant site’s RSS feeds or News Letters will allow you to Update your self with new technologies & get to know updated versions as they arrive…

So listing down the tools that you can download & use without any hassles…

3D Content Creation Tool for Animation, Modeling & Dynamics
Blender 3D
A really good 3D Application that will allow you to create, animate & add dynamics to your art works.

As stated on their website “model – shade – animate – render – composite – interactive 3d, Blender is the free open source 3D content creation suite, available for all major operating systems under the GNU General Public License.”

You can subscribe to Blender Nation’s News Healines’ RSS Feed here & Blender Foundation Announcement RSS feed here

You can visit Blender Underground’s website to download video tutorials here

Raster Application or Photoshop Alternative for Image Creation & Editing Tool
GIMP – The GNU Image Manipulation Program
You can call it A Photoshop alternative. A good tool to approach image editing in zero monetory investment. So it is a cheapest a money can buy images editor for you.

You can download GIMP here. You can visit Blender Documentation Site here. You can subscribe to GIMP’s RSS feed here.

Vector Drawing, Illustration & Design Application
Inkscape is really powerful Vector graphic illustration tool for Artist. It’s interface resembles with CorelDRAW but it is as powerful & versatile as any other it’s paid counter part would be. As stated on their website – “An Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.”

You can download Inkscape here. You can visit Inkscape tutorial website here.

Traditional Animation Software or Paper Less Animation Tool
It’s just tool for paperless animation. Pencil is ToonBoom Alternative as you may call it.

You can dowload Pencil here. You can visit User Manual website here.

Free Audio Recording & Editing tool
Audacity is real powerful & intuitive tool for Audio Editing & Recording. It can be as better as Garageband on Mac & Soundforge on Windows.

You can download Audacity here.

Font Development Tool
This tool will allow you to design font with ease.

You can visit FontForge Tutorial Website here.

Word Processing
Open Office Org – The Free and Open Productivity Suite
I listed this Application for your daily Word Processing Activity.

You can download Open Office Org here.

I hope this Art Blog post of mine will inspire you to learn more about opensource applications & build your own digital studio…

Thanks & Regards
Mandar Apte

Published by Mandar Apte

Mandar is a Mumbai-based multi-disciplinary designer with UX/UI, Logo, Symbol, and Brand Identity design expertise. He currently runs his Mudrkashar Linguistic Apple iPhone, iPad, and Mac app business in the heart of Mumbai city.

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