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A comprehensive source for finding free graphics software and accessories that anyone can use to create digital art. Available for free in my art gallery at http://art-for.com/abstract-fractal-art-gallery-pg3.html

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  1. 1. Free Graphics Programs an eBook reference created by Lisa Mayette, aka Hafapea ©2012 Cern’s Crest by Hafapea Freeware, Open-source and Learning Software for Windows, Mac and Linux A user’s guide and reference Compiled by Lisa Mayette, aka Hafapea
  2. 2. Free Graphics Programs 2 Free Graphics Programs an eBook reference created by Lisa Mayette, aka Hafapea ©2012 Free Graphics Programs Absinthe Tulips by Hafapea This eBook is a compilation of some of the best free graphics programs available on the Internet. It is by no mean comprehensive, as there are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of such programs available. Regardless, it is an excellent resource that you can use to get you started in the search for your ideal digital creation tool. In addition to the sites where you can download the programs, I have included links to any and all resources that I could find to help you become familiar with using them: tutorials, forums, program specific tools, etc. The more popular programs have more available resources, however, popularity does not necessarily relate to quality. What matters is that you find the program what works best for you. In the unlikely event that none of these prove to be what you are looking for, at the end of the eBook you will find a “Sources” section containing a list of sites with links to additional free graphics software. If you still aren’t able to find what you are looking for, then please feel free to contact me and I will do my best to help you find it. As an MLIS graduate and research specialist, my best is usually rather good. One last note: the programs are not listed in order of quality. Since this eBook is designed to be a reference, they are instead listed in alphabetical order. Om Shanti, Hafapea
  3. 3. Free Graphics Programs 3 Free Graphics Programs an eBook reference created by Lisa Mayette, aka Hafapea ©2012 Dance of the Dolphins by Hafapea ArtRage http://www.ambientdesign.com/artrage.html Freeware artistic painting program designed to provide a realistic simulation of using paint on a canvas, along with pens, pencils, crayons, and other tools. It is an easy to use program designed for use with Windows, Mac OS X, and iPad. - Tutorials can be found here: http://www.artrage.com/artrage-tutorials.html - They also have a forum where you can find stencils, stickers, colors along other program specific extras and more: http://www2.ambientdesign.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=20 - This page here contains even more ArtRage resource downloads: http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&q=artrage Artweaver http://www.artweaver.de/index.php?en_version Freeware paint program for Windows designed for creative painting: realistic brush simulation, artistic effects, etc. - Tutorials can be found here: http://www.karlyns.com/art-weaver-tutorials/ - Go here for more resources: http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&q=artweaver
  4. 4. Free Graphics Programs 4 Free Graphics Programs an eBook reference created by Lisa Mayette, aka Hafapea ©2012 Brush Strokes http://www.photo-freeware.net/brush-strokes-image-editor.php Brush Strokes is a free image editor, paint program, photo manipulator; an bitmap editor that supports GIF, JPEG, BMP, PNG, TIFF, PCX, TARGA and AVI file formats. It can also be used for GIF animations, filters, rotations, transformations, and more. GIMP http://www.gimp.org/ A freeware image editing program that runs in Windows, Linux, and X-Windows. Arguably the most popular free graphics software available, the GIMP is a GNU Image Manipulation Program suitable for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. - You can find tutorials here: http://www.gimp.org/tutorials/ http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&q=gimp+tutorials - Brushes here: http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&q=gimp+brushes - Scripts & Plugins here: http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&q=gimp+scripts - And even more Resources here: http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/gimp/The_GIMP_Resources_and_Tutorials.htm i.Mage http://www.memecode.com/image.php i.Mage is a small and fast graphics editor designed for easy pixel editing. It is not a large program with a lot of plugins, so it launches quickly for fast and simple image editing tasks without fuss. It is a great tool for simple jobs and is meant to be a go-to program for every day edits, rather than for actually creating artwork – unless what you want to create is pixel art. It is, in fact, an ideal program for pixel artists who are just looking for a simple, user friendly, light weight program. i.Mage is open source meme code software, so, if you know how, you can also build upon the source code to create a program that is specifically tailored to meet your needs. Image Anvil Lite http://www.photo-freeware.net/image-anvil.php Image Anvil is a light weight image editor that supports all of the major image formats as well as PDF. The interface is simple and basic which makes it easy to use but, no less capable. Image Anvil can also rename batches of images; an essential tool for organizing photo uploads from digital cameras. The batch tool can also be used to convert the format of files. Image Enhance http://home.bip.net/baxtrom/imageenhance.htm Image Enhance is a free image editor for Windows 95 and later. It features support for bitmap and JPEG images, webcams, digital cameras and scanners. You can digitally enhance your images by applying its various built in filters and effects, including sharpen, contrast, grayscale, invert, find edges, old photo and more. You can also create your own filters. Jans Freeware Collection http://www.jansfreeware.com/ Painter 25 is free image editor for Windows named for its 25 useful features: backdrops, effects, and filters, banners, GIF and JPEG optimizer, airbrush, textures, clone, morphing, mirror, flip, whirl, etc. It is just one of several freeware programs that Jans Freeware Collection contains. There is also an animator and non-graphic software that you may want to check out while you are there.
  5. 5. Free Graphics Programs 5 Free Graphics Programs an eBook reference created by Lisa Mayette, aka Hafapea ©2012 Paint.NET http://www.eecs.wsu.edu/paint.net/index.html Freeware paint program for Windows 2000, XP, Vista, or Server 2003. It supports layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. - Tutorials can be found here: http://forums.getpaint.net/index.php?/forum/18-tutorials-publishing-only/ http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&q=paint.net - Plugins are available here: http://forums.getpaint.net/index.php?/forum/7-plugins-publishing-only/ - They have a user’s forum, as well: http://forums.getpaint.net/ PhotoFiltre http://photofiltre.free.fr/frames_en.htm PhotoFiltre is a complete image retouching program. It allows you to do simple or advanced adjustments to an image and also supports a vast range of filters. It is intuitive and easy to use with a short learning curve. - There are tutorials here: http://photofiltre.free.fr/tutorials_en.htm - Plugins can be found here: http://www.photofiltre-studio.com/plugins/plugins-en.htm - There is a forum here: http://www.photofiltre-studio.com/forum/ - And you can fine even more resources here: http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&q=PhotoFiltre PhotoPlus6 http://www.serif.com/free-photo-editing-software/ Free professional photo editing program from Serif Software that, according to PCPlus, is a contender for Adobe Photoshop. - Tutorials for this version are available on the Website, along with a host of other resources - These tutorials are for version X3, but will probably work with 6: http://www.major-confusion.co.uk/tutorials/photoplus_tutorials_home.html PicsA!ive PhotoViz 3.3 http://www.picsalive.com/ PhotoViz is a shareware with a set of innovative tools that extends the traditional uses of images. PhotoViz automatically fixes problems in photos, extracts secret messages, content and photo galleries embedded in images. Pixia and Phierha http://www.ne.jp/asahi/mighty/knight/aboutpixia.html Pixia and Phierha is Japanese freeware; painting tools made exclusively for full color graphics. Images may have a maximum graphic size of 10240 x 10240 dots, if your computer has enough ram to support it. They can also be created using up to 64 layers. It is compatible with all TWAIN32 devices and printers that work in Windows. It can also be sued with a tablet (Wacom, Yutron, etc.) . - You can find tutorials here: http://www.ne.jp/asahi/mighty/knight/tutorials.html Rendera http://www.rendera.net/ Rendera was created to be used for digital painting, retouching photos, colorizing images and creating seamless
  6. 6. Free Graphics Programs 6 Free Graphics Programs an eBook reference created by Lisa Mayette, aka Hafapea ©2012 tiles. It emulates common art tools and features an easy-to-learn, labeled interface. The edge-wrapping and interactive offset functions make it perfect for Web background tiles. sTile http://www.harmware.net/stile.htm sTile is a program designed to create seamless tiles; small images that repeat to create a larger pattern with no discernible borders. Because of their small file size, they are used quite frequently in Web design. The program can do other things, but that was (and still is) its primary purpose. - You can find tutorials here: http://www.harmware.net/tutorials.htm TwistedBrush Free Edition http://www.pixarra.com TwitedBrush is a freeware paint program very suitable for creating artistic images and effects. In their words, “TwistedBrush has more than 5,000 brushes available, along with all the features that artists love to use: layers, realistic media, photo cloning, tracing, masks, particles, filters, script recording, scripts to AVI, drawing tablet support, brush shapes, patterns, textures, Adobe compatible plug-in support, integrated scanner support, image brushes, drawing guides, reference image views, dirty brushes, scratch layer, dynamic palettes and a whole lot more.” - Tutorials: http://www.pixarra.com/sketchbook_tutorials.html - Forum: http://pixarra.invisionzone.com/ - More Resources: http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&q=twistedbrush Ultimate Paint http://www.ultimatepaint.com Ultimate Paint is a full-featured 32-bit Windows graphics program. It can be used for photo editing and image creation with support for many file formats, including JPEG, GIF and PNG, making it compatible with other, more high-powered programs. Both freeware and shareware versions are available and the trial version is fully functional, so you can get an honest feel for whether or not it is worth buying. It also has an excellent GIF and JPEG optimizer making it useful for shrinking the size of image files to be used on Web sites. - Tutorials for Ultimate Paint can be found on these sites here: http://www.ultimatepaint.com/tutorial/index.php http://www.seabreezecomputers.com/tips/ultimate.htm VCW VicMan's Photo Editor http://www.vicman.net/vcwphoto/ VCW is a freeware photo editor with an intuitive and skin-able interface included among its variety of features. It is a versatile image editor with an intuitive interface and a wide variety of features; a powerful application that is user friendly, offering simple image editing, high productivity and easy customization. - There is a user’s forum here: http://room.vicman.net/
  7. 7. Free Graphics Programs 7 Free Graphics Programs an eBook reference created by Lisa Mayette, aka Hafapea ©2012 Free Vector Drawing Programs Heart Mandala by Hafapea The vast majority of these programs have been designed to be used with Linux/Unix, however, some will work with Windows and Mac operating systems. Keep in mind that this list is for programs specifically designed to create SVG vector images but, most the programs in the previous section are capable of creating vector graphics in addition doing other things. So while as a traditional OS user your choices for a free vector specific program may be limited, the availability of general graphics designing freeware that you can use for creating SVG images is not. There are also links to two sites in the Sources section of this eBook that list additional free vector programs where you will find a larger selection of Windows and Mac compatible offerings. Draw http://www.openoffice.org/product/draw.html Draw is an open-source freeware vector graphics editor. It is part of the Open Office suite of software, meaning that if you know how, you can code it to create a customized version specific to your needs. It is capable of taking creating any sort of image from a quick sketch to a complex plan; complete with the tools you need to create graphics and diagrams. With a maximum page size of 300cm by 300cm you can also use it as a tool for technical or general posters, etc. - You can find tutorials here: http://www.kaaredyret.dk/openoffice_links.html#Draw - The Open Office Blog is here: http://openoffice.blogs.com/openoffice/2006/10/custom_openoffi.html - There is a collection of Icons here:
  8. 8. Free Graphics Programs 8 Free Graphics Programs an eBook reference created by Lisa Mayette, aka Hafapea ©2012 http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&q=openoffice+draw DrawPlus 4 http://www.freeserifsoftware.com/software/DrawPlus/default.asp This vector drawing is another of those created by Serif and is especially suited for with Windows operating systems. Bright Hub calls it “A top-notch illustration and design application.” - Tutorials can be found here: http://www.minifigcustomizationnetwork.com/howto/2749 http://www.major-confusion.co.uk/tutorials/drawplus/pentool_introduction.html -They have a forum here: http://forums.serif.com/index.php Gill http://webscripts.softpedia.com/scriptDownload/GNOME-Art-Download-16931.html Gill = Gnome Illustration Application is a free open-source vector drawing program for Linux. - Web site: http://art.gnome.org/ - Developer: http://www.levien.com/svg/ Inkscape http://www.inkscape.org/ A freeware and open-source vector graphics drawing program for multiple operating systems, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, Freehand, and CorelDraw. Tutorials and other resources are available on the Web site - More resources can be found here: http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&q=inkscape Skencil http://www.skencil.org/ Skencil is a Free Software interactive vector drawing application that used to be called Sketch. Known to run on GNU/Linux and other UNIX-compatible systems, it is a flexible and powerful tool for illustrations, diagrams and other purposes. Tutorials and other resources are available on the Website. TGif http://bourbon.usc.edu/tgif/index.html TGif is another free interactive 2-D drawing tool for Linux/Unix. Xara Xtreme http://www.xaraxtreme.org/ An open-soruce general purpose graphics program for Unix platforms including Linux, FreeBSD and (in development) OS-X. There is also a Windows version but, it isn’t free. - Tutorials can be found on these sites here: http://www.xaraxone.com/html/tutorials.html http://www.xara.com/us/products/designer/tutorials-demos/ http://site.xara.com/support/xtreme/hints/default.asp sK1 Project http://sk1project.org/ sK1 is an open-source illustration program that can substitute professional proprietary software like Corel Draw or Adobe Illustrator. It is also a Linux/Unix program, but they are working on making it usable with Windows and Mac operating systems.
  9. 9. Free Graphics Programs 9 Free Graphics Programs an eBook reference created by Lisa Mayette, aka Hafapea ©2012 Free Animation & 3D Software Journey to Soul by Hafapea 3D Schrift Generator http://maennerseiten.de/3dtitel.htm 3D Schrift is a free program that you can use to create 3D texts. The Web site and program are in German. Enter the URL into Google and click on "Translate this page," if you don't read German. 3Dbase http://www.3dbase.at/ 3D modeling and animation program with a small set of easy to understand functions; especially suited for 3D beginners. If you don't speak Russian, follow the instructions above to translate this site. 3DPLUS 2 http://www.serif.com/free-graphic-design-software/ 3DPLUS 2 is another of Serif’s programs. This one is used for creating 3D effects and animations. Transform plain text into 3D works of art with just a few clicks of your mouse. - Download: http://www.topshareware.com/Serif-3DPlus-download-2262.htm Amabilis http://www.amabilis.com/products.htm 3D Canvas is a real-time 3D modeling and animation tool that incorporates an intuitive drag-and-drop approach to 3D modeling.
  10. 10. Free Graphics Programs 10 Free Graphics Programs an eBook reference created by Lisa Mayette, aka Hafapea ©2012 - Tutorials: http://www.amabilis.com/tutorials.htm - Plugins: http://www.amabilis.com/mediadownloads.htm#Scripts - Models: http://www.amabilis.com/mediadownloads.htm#3DCModels - Textures: http://www.amabilis.com/mediadownloads.htm#TextureLibraries Anim8or http://www.anim8or.com Anim8or is a freeware 3D modeling and character animation program. - You can find tutorials here: http://www.anim8or.com/main/index.html - There are scripts here: http://www.anim8or.com/scripts/index.html - More resources are available here: http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&q=Anim8or http://www.anim8or.com/resources/index.html Art of Illusion http://www.artofillusion.org/ Art of Illusion is a free, open source 3D modeling and rendering studio. It is written entirely in Java, so it should run on any major platform (such as MAC, Linux, or Windows). - Tutorials can be found here: http://www.artofillusion.org/documentation -Their forums is here: http://www.artofillusion.org/forums Aztec 3D Modeller http://sourceforge.net/projects/aztec/ Aztec is a 3D Modelling and Animation tool that is intended to provide a decent set of tools for use in the game development process. Biodesigner http://www.pirx.com/biodesigner/ Biodesigner is a molecular modeling and visualization program for personal computers. The program is freely available for downloading. Biodesigner is capable of creating homologous models of proteins, evaluate, and refine the models. Blender3D http://www.blender3d.org/ Blender3D is open source freeware with cross platform capabilities. It is a 3D creation suite that allows fully integrated modeling, animation, rendering, post production and interactive 3D creation and playback. They are in the process of bringing back the old Blender product website. For the time being check http://www.blenderartists.org/forum/ for more information. - Download: http://blender.en.softonic.com/ - Tutorials and more: http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Blender_3D:_Noob_to_Pro#Miscellaneous_Tutorials - More resources: http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&q=Blender3D
  11. 11. Free Graphics Programs 11 Free Graphics Programs an eBook reference created by Lisa Mayette, aka Hafapea ©2012 Cryptic AR http://www.crypticar.com/ Cryptic AR (Animation Rig) allows animators of all experience levels to familiarize themselves with the same tools used in a professional development environment. Cryptic AR is not an approximation of production tools, but the very tool currently being used to produce next-gen game visuals at Cryptic Studios. Like Maya and Houdini, if you plan to use this sort of thing professionally, then practicing on the free version would be the way to go! DAZ 3D http://www.daz3d.com/ DAZ 3D is the most popular and most widely used freeware 3D graphics and animation program for Windows and MAC. The free version is actually called Bryce and is only allowed to be used for non-commercial production. Regardless, it is an excellent learning tool and, should you decide to go pro, with versions available at $50, $225 and $450, this is an excellent program to do that with. In the meantime, here are links to what DAZ3D has to offer: - Free resources: http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&q=daz3d - Community: http://www.daz3d.com/i/community/0?_m=d - Tutorials: http://www.daz3d.com/i.x/tutorial/0 http://forum.daz3d.com/viewtopic.php?t=23870 At the time of this eBook’s creation, DAZ Studio was being offered as a free download but, I do not know how long the offer will last. DeleD http://www.delgine.com/index.php?filename=product_deled DeleD is a 3D modeler designed to help you create content for game projects, whether you are a professional or indy game developer. Other areas in which you can put DeleD to good use are educational services, Web design, prototyping, and image creation. - Tutorials: http://www.delgine.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=6 - Forum: http://www.delgine.com/forum/ Flash Builder (aka Flex) http://download.cnet.com/FlashBuilder/3000-10247_4-10153624.html Adobe offers this software as a free trial which, as most folks know, is an awesome thing to learn. As the most commonly used animation software on the Web, knowing how to use it is a valuable skill for anyone wanting to design Web sites and/or mobile applications for a living. For amateur graphics enthusiasts, it is an awesome away to create animated images, as well. If you qualify, you can also get a free version on a non-trial basis. - Tutorials: http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flex/videotraining.html http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flex/tourdeflex.html Gloodle http://www.wondertouch.com/gloodle.asp Gloodle is a freeware 3D drawing program for Windows. It means "doodle with globs" and is a program that draws using 3D shapes to create 2D images with richness, complexity, and depth. - A tutorial can be found here: http://www.wikihow.com/Scribble-in-2D-With-Gloodle
  12. 12. Free Graphics Programs 12 Free Graphics Programs an eBook reference created by Lisa Mayette, aka Hafapea ©2012 Google SketchUp http://sketchup.google.com/ Google SketchUP is an easy-to-learn 3D modeling program made by Google for use in Windows and MAC operating systems. - Tutorials - More Resources: http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&q=Google+SketchUp k-3D http://www.k-3d.org/ K-3D is Free Software. Run it on your choice of platform. Adapt it for any purpose. Receive it at no cost. Share it with your friends. All of the K-3D source code is available under the GNU General Public License. Maya Personal Learning Edition http://www.alias.com/glb/eng/products-services/product_details.jsp?productId=1900003 If you are looking for a more serious AutoCAD, Autodesk Maya is the next step up but, while you can get a free trial version of this program, be forewarned; the full version costs over $4,000. Houdini is another high end 3D program that offers what they call a learning edition for free. If you plan to work in the film industry, I would recommend taking the time to learn these programs, even if you never buy the full version for yourself. - Tutorials - More tutorials: http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&q=maya+autodesk+tutorials Misfit Model 3D http://www.misfitcode.com/misfitmodel3d/ Misfit is an OpenGL-based 3D model editor that works with triangle-based models. It supports multi-level undo, skeletal animations, simple texturing, command-line batch processing, and a plugin system for adding new model and image filters. Complete online help is included. The primary design goal is to be easy to use. Munty Engine http://muntyengine.sourceforge.net/ Munty is a small 3D engine for making virtual characters. It includes a simple GUI interface for building a character with physics and procedural animation using neural networks. Developers can use the engine library to make simple games or to run simulations. ngPlant http://ngplant.sourceforge.net/ ngPlant is a plant modeling software suite. Designers can use interactive tool to create 3D models of different plants and trees. Software developers can use 3D API-independent library to use generated plant models in their 3D applications, or to create plant modeling plugins for different 3D modeling tools. - Tutorial: http://www.opendimension.org/blender_en/ngplant_from_source.php - Videos: http://tinyurl.com/4pb9duk OpenFX http://www.openfx.org/ OpenFX is an Open-Source 3D modeling, animation and rendering suite created by Dr. Stuart Ferguson. He made the decision to release the source code to the public in the middle of 1999, and the product formerly named SoftF/X was renamed to OpenFX. It has now been released under the terms of the GNU General Public License. - Forum: http://www.openfxforum.org/ - Resources:
  13. 13. Free Graphics Programs 13 Free Graphics Programs an eBook reference created by Lisa Mayette, aka Hafapea ©2012 http://www.openfx.org/resources/index.html PlantStudio http://www.kurtz-fernhout.com/PlantStudio/index.htm PlantStudio is a freeware tool for creating 3D plant models and 2D illustrations. PlantStudio simulates herbaceous (non-woody) plants like wildflowers and cut flowers, vegetables, weeds, grasses, and herbs using a parameter- driven simulation of plant growth and structure. You can "grow" plants over their life cycles, producing lifelike images at any age. You can design, animate and breed a wide variety of plants. By using the "evolutionary arts" of variation and selection in the plant breeder, you can quickly and easily create whole families of unique plants for your 3D scenes. - Tutorials: http://www.kurtz-fernhout.com/PlantStudio/tutorials.htm PovChem http://www.chemicalgraphics.com/PovChem/ PovChem is a chemical visualization and illustration program with a new graphic interface. It takes molecules in the PDB format, lets you to set up a picture with fine control over details of the illustration - colors, atom and bond radii, view orientation, etc. It will even calculate and display hydrogen bonds. It then exports the picture in POV-Ray format, which allows you to render the image with a state-of-the-art raytracer, giving high-quality images at any resolution, for anything from web page thumbnails to full-size high-resolution images for journal covers, advertisements, posters, anything! - Official PovChem Distribution Page: http://www.chemicalgraphics.com/paul/Distribution.html POV Ray http://www.povray.org/ POV is a free program for creating realistic three-dimensional images and animations. - Resources: http://www.povray.org/resources/ - Tutorials: http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&q=POV+Ray+tutorials http://library.thinkquest.org/3285/ - Free Objects & Scripts: http://www.oyonale.com/modeles.php?lang=en&format=POV http://objects.povworld.org/ - Webring: http://hub.webring.org/hub/povrayring - Unofficial Extensions: http://megapov.inetart.net/ PyMOL http://www.pymol.org/ PyMOL is a user-sponsored molecular visualization system on an open-source foundation. It is capable of creating still and animated images. - Tutorials: http://ihome.cuhk.edu.hk/~b102142/pymol/pymol_tutorial.html http://www.ebi.ac.uk/~gareth/pymol/ http://bioquest.org/nimbios/2010/wp-content/blogs.dir/files/2010/07/pymol_tutorial3.pdf http://www.jhu.edu/pfleming/compbio/files/PyMOL_Tutorial.pdf http://www.virology.wisc.edu/acp/Tutorials/PyMol-E-density.pdf http://www.chem.ucsb.edu/~kalju/CSUPERB/index.html http://www.bio.ph.ic.ac.uk/~scurry/pdfs/PyMol_tutorial.pdf http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDlyfk2zC-k
  14. 14. Free Graphics Programs 14 Free Graphics Programs an eBook reference created by Lisa Mayette, aka Hafapea ©2012 http://www.carlyhuitema.com/pymol_tutorial.html Squrlz Water Reflections http://www.xiberpix.net/SqirlzReflect.html Sqirlz Water Reflections is a way of adding rippling pools of water, and rain or snow effects, to images or existing AVI videos. The pools can be animated to give lifelike rippling reflections of the scene above them, and can be of any shape. Choose from a variety of ripple shapes, and control details such as wave size, perspective, water transparency and flow direction. The raindrops and snowflakes can be adjusted in many ways, including size, speed, direction, transparency and scene depth effects. Animations can be saved as Macromedia Flash (SWF) files, animated GIF files, AVI video clips, and sets of bitmap, JPEG, PNG and TIFF files. Synfig http://synfig.org Synfig is a freeware and open source 2D vector graphics and animation program for Linux, MAC, Windows capable of producing "feature-film quality animation with fewer people and resources." - Forum: http://synfig.org/forums/ Teddy http://www-ui.is.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp/~takeo/teddy/teddy.htm Teddy is freeware program for use in Windows, MAC, Linux, and Solaris that is written in Java. It is a sketch-based 3D modeling program that enables you to make interesting 3D models just by drawing freeform strokes. - Smooth Teddy: http://www-ui.is.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp/~takeo/java/smoothteddy/index.html - Tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2H35SlLmUA - Resources: http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&q=Teddy+3D+modeling#/d2hkyfn Terragen http://www.planetside.co.uk/terragen/productmain.shtml Terragen is a scenery generator for generating photorealistic landscape images and animations. For Windows and Mac OS. Currently Terragen is free for personal, noncommercial use. - Forum: http://forums.planetside.co.uk/ - On site resources: http://www.planetside.co.uk/terragen/resources.shtml - Off site resources: http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&q=terragen - Official user guide: http://www.planetside.co.uk/terragen/guide/ Visual Terrain Maker http://www.ungsoft.com/vtm/index.html Visual Terrain Maker is a simple and free 3D-modeling program that allows you to create landscapes (maps) for games or other purposes. It works in all Windows XP/NT/2k based operating systems. The program is not critical to the video adapters and drivers and it can export to Direct X file format (*.x). It is also suitable for use by DarkBasic programming developers. Vue3D http://www.e-onsoftware.com/products/?page=try
  15. 15. Free Graphics Programs 15 Free Graphics Programs an eBook reference created by Lisa Mayette, aka Hafapea ©2012 Like Maya and Houdini, Vue 3D is a high end program that offers a free learning edition download. It is fully functional and never expires. You cannot use your finished creations for commercial purposes, however, also as with Maya and Houdini, this is a great opportunity for someone wanting to learn how to create 3D graphics for a living. Wings3D http://www.wings3d.com/ Wings 3D is an advanced subdivision modeler that is both powerful and easy to use. Originally inspired by Nendo and Mirai from Izware, Wings has been developed since 2001, when Björn Gustavsson and Dan Gudmundsson first started the project. Wings is currently maintained by Richard Jones who has been with the project since 2006. - Forum: http://nendowingsmirai.yuku.com/ - More Resources: http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&q=wings3d YafaRay http://www.yafaray.org/ YafaRay is a free open-source raytracing engine. Raytracing is a rendering technique for generating realistic images by tracing the path of light through a 3D scene. - Forum: http://www.yafaray.org/community/forum - Tutorials: http://www.yafaray.org/documentation/tutorials - Shaders: http://yafaray.thomasbaron.net/
  16. 16. Free Graphics Programs 16 Free Graphics Programs an eBook reference created by Lisa Mayette, aka Hafapea ©2012 Free Fractal Programs Out of This World by Hafapea Creating fractals is what I love. My personal favorite is Apophysis. Of the many versions available, I like 7x. Not because, as of this writing, it is the newest version but, because it is the best of all the previous versions with a greater capacity for plugins. Prior to the 7x release, I used 2.08 3D Hack. This is also very good and, if you don’t care about loading up your program with plugins, may be a better choice for you. Of all of the free fractal programs available Apo, as it is affectionately known, is the most intuitive and easiest to use. That being said, it is not capable of doing what many of the other programs can do, such as building Incendia’s towers, but it still a creator’s favorite and can produce some wonderful images. Apophysis 2.02 In order to use any of the later versions, you must first download and install version 2.02: http://www.apophysis.org/downloads.html The resources listed here are but the tip of the proverbial iceberg. If you do a search for Apophysis, you will find a bunch more. - Tutorials: http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&q=apophysis+tutorial http://www.1stwebdesigner.com/tutorials/33-outstanding-apophysis-tutorials-part-2/ (Just so you know, the “Part 2” refers to it being part 2 of a feature on Apophysis, not part 2 of the 33 tutorials. All of the tutorial links are on this one page.) - Plugins: http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&q=apophysis+plugins - Gradients: http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&q=apophysis+gradients - Starter Flames: http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&q=apophysis+flames - Scripts: http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&q=apophysis+scripts - More resources: http://apophysis-resources.wikispaces.com/ Apo 7x: http://xyrus02.deviantart.com/art/Apophysis-7X-134116371?q=boost%3Apopular+apophysis+7x&qo=0
  17. 17. Free Graphics Programs 17 Free Graphics Programs an eBook reference created by Lisa Mayette, aka Hafapea ©2012 2.04: http://www.klitetools.com/comments.php?shownews=4956&catid=61 2.06 3D Hack: http://news.deviantart.com/article/35595/ 2.06bzplus: http://gygrazok.altervista.org/apo.php 2.08 3D Hack: http://www.terranuts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=10527 2.08 JK: http://lu-kout.deviantart.com/journal/23721961/ Aros Fractals http://www.arosmagic.com/Fractals/default.htm Aros is a freeware fractal program that you can use to explore some classical fractal images at extremely high resolutions (physical size and color depths). Chaos Pro http://www.chaospro.de/ ChaosPro is a real time freeware fractal generator for MS Windows with support for many different fractal types (2D and 3D), true color and animation support. Due to its integrated compiler it is quite fast even if you write your own formulas. Tutorials are available on the Web site. Dofo-Zon Elite 4.21 http://www.mysticfractal.com/dofozon.zip Dofo-Zon is actually an obsolete fractal art program still used by some. I included it here for any readers who may be die-hard fractal program collectors whose life would be made more complete by having the chance to play with a classic. The owner of Mystic Fractal has created several programs of his/her own, as well. They are not freeware, buy you should still check them out while you are there. You might think one or two of them are worth buying. Double Fractal http://www.schulers.com/fractal/ Double Fractal is a program that creates fast and easily high complex images. No specific knowledge is needed to use this program; it is a program that can be run just for fun! Fast Floating Fractal Fun http://sourceforge.net/projects/ffff/ FFFF is a Win32/OSX Mandelbrot generator. Features OpenGL, realtime zoom, SSE/AltiVec QuadPixel calc, SSE2 and 3DNow! It also features DualPixel calc, FPU per pixel calc, GPU asm (FragmentProgram/VertexProgram) calc, multiprocessor support, and benchmarking. (For those who do not know, the logic behind fractal creation is mathematical). Fractal Explorer http://www.eclectasy.com/Fractal-Explorer/download.htm No mathematical knowledge is required with ChaosPro which generates several fractals simultaneously in different windows, all at the same time. ChaosPro can create fractal animations, generate 3D fractal transformations in 2D, and create true color fractals. Of course, the processing power required to do this is great so, unless you're working on something NASA might use, you will need to connect several PC's together to get the most out of its power. - Tutorials: http://tutorial.fractalfairy.com/ http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&global=1&q=Fractal+Explorer+tutorials - Spot Files: http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&global=1&q=fractal+explorer+spot+files Fractal Forge http://www.fractovia.org/uberto/
  18. 18. Free Graphics Programs 18 Free Graphics Programs an eBook reference created by Lisa Mayette, aka Hafapea ©2012 This site is dedicated to Fractal Forge, one of the fastest fractal generating applications available for Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP. - Tutorial - Resources: http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&global=1&q=Fractal+Forge+resources Fractal Snowflake Generator http://a-i-studio.com/snowflake/ Fractal Snowflake Generator is a small freeware utility that can be used to create fractal snowflakes, patterns and backgrounds. Fractice http://fractice.sourceforge.net/ Fractice is a free, open-source fractal explorer and renderer for XP/Vista/Win7. It supports navigation, history thumbnails, previews, antialiasing, deep zoom, printing, posters, palettes, multicore and distributed processing, movie recording, undo/redo, color cycling, and job control. It also has VJ features, such as mixing, mirroring, origin motion, palette tweening, dual-monitor, and MIDI. A 64-bit version is available. Gnofract 4D http://gnofract4d.sourceforge.net/ Gnofract 4D is a free, open source program which allows anyone to create beautiful images called fractals. The images are automatically created by the computer based on mathematical principles. - Manual http://gnofract4d.sourceforge.net/manual/index.html GNU XaoS http://wmi.math.u-szeged.hu/xaos/doku.php XaoS includes many animated tutorials that make learning about fractals fun and easy. These tutorials are also a great introduction to all of XaoS’s features. Incendia http://www.incendia.net/ Incendia is a 3D Multiprocessor Fractal Engine that allows you to explore the realm of the 3D fractals. - Tutorials: http://www.incendia.net/wiki/index.php/Tutorials - Resources: http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&global=1&q=Incendia+resources Making Magic Fractals http://skyscraper.fortunecity.com/terabyte/966/download.html Making Magic Fractals is a 32-bit DOS freeware program created by Dave Makin. Mandala Explorer http://www.russellcottrell.com/MandalaExplorer/ Mandala Explorer enables you to draw various fractal image types, exploring endless possibilities by changing the parameters of the underlying equations. Mind Boggling Fractals LE http://ftp.surfnet.nl/simtel/win95/graffrac/mbflit23.zip This is the free "Lite" version of the Mind Boggling Fractals program written by Paul Carlson. Paul is no longer selling the full version but you can download the light version from this link. - Tutorial
  19. 19. Free Graphics Programs 19 Free Graphics Programs an eBook reference created by Lisa Mayette, aka Hafapea ©2012 MSPlotter http://www.aswsoftware.com/products/msplotter/msplotter.shtml MSPlotter (Mandelbrot Set Plotter) helps you create fractal images using the Mandelbrot and Julia sets. Sterling2 http://soler7.com/Fractals/Sterling2.html Sterling2 is based on Sterling, a fractal-generating program written in 1999 by the redoubtable Stephen C. Ferguson.
  20. 20. Free Graphics Programs 20 Free Graphics Programs an eBook reference created by Lisa Mayette, aka Hafapea ©2012 Sources DeviantArt: http://www.deviantart.com (a great source of resources and inspiration) Freebyte's Guide to Free Graphics Software: http://www.freebyte.com/graphicprograms/ Photo Freeware http://www.photo-freeware.net/image-editing.php Animation 3DBuzz: http://www.3dbuzz.com/vbforum/showthread.php?172393-Animation-Resources-links-to-help-you- learn-the-art Free Computer Animation Programs: http://animation.about.com/od/referencematerials/a/freesoftware.htm Free Animation Software Downloads: http://www.freewarefiles.com/category_3_32.html 3D Art 3DTotal: http://www.3dtotal.com/ - tutorials and more 3D.SK: http://www.3d.sk/ - human photo references for 3D artists and game developers (not free) 3dmd.net: http://www.3dmd.net/ - free design resources 3DValley: http://www.3dvalley.com/ - tutorials and more Art Head Start: http://www.art-head-start.com/ - free resources, art lessons and more (some free, some not, mainly Vue3D) Cornucopia 3D: http://www.cornucopia3d.com/classroom/makingofs.php (Vue3D) Fine Art: http://fineart.sk/ - free human anatomy references for 3D artists and game developers and more Vector Art 14 Free Vector Drawing Programs: http://www.maa.org/editorial/mathgames/mathgames_08_01_05.html 14 Free Vector Art Resources: http://www.thegraphicmac.com/14-free-vector-art-resource-sites 49 Amazing Resources for Free Vector Graphics: http://speckyboy.com/2009/09/18/49-amazing-resources-for- free-vector-graphics/ Free Vector Drawing tools on X Window System: http://bourbon.usc.edu/tgif/vector.html Ultimate Resource List for Vector Graphics: http://designrfix.com/resources/ultimate-resource-list-vector- graphics Fractal Art Amazing Seattle Fractals: http://fractalarts.com/ASF/Fractal_Links.html - educational resource Apophysis: http://apophysis.deviantart.com/ Fractal Forums: http://www.fractalforums.com/index.php?PHPSESSID=6d6ce7ac3ee986bc0683ee2180537f70 Fractal Programs & Resources: http://fractals.uwpagina.nl/ Fractal Programs & Software: http://www.chaffey.org/fractals/programs/index.html Fractal Resources Group on DeviantArt: http://fractal-resources.deviantart.com/ Fractal Resources: http://exoteric.roach.org/res/index.html Fractalus https://www.fractalus.com/fractal-art-faq/ Sunblue: http://www.subblue.com/blog/2009/5/14/fractals_and_generative_art_resources Ultra Gnosis: http://www.ultragnosis.com/fractals/fractal-art-resources.html

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