Best Free Paint Programs

Posted on February 26, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Graphics | Tags: , , , , |

Gizmo’s Freeware has Paint programs—when we talk about them some people may interpret them generally as a raster or bitmap editor, or wrongly as vector-graphic drawing software. Even though they have some similarities, paint programs are really a different class of product.

Source: Best Free Paint Program | Gizmo’s Freeware

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Posted on February 27, 2011. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Graphics, Online Software | Tags: , , , , , , |

CloudCanvas is a HTML5 art editor which doesn’t need Flash (so you can use it on iPad and other iOS devices), and runs online, so you just need web access.

In addition to drawing you can import images from Google Images and DeviantArt. You can access the “File” menu at the top left to save your created designs as PNG image files or as SVG files.


  • Very user friendly.
  • Based on HTML5.
  • Contains many drawing and design features.
  • Novices and experts, both can have fun with CloudCanvas.
  • Images can be exported from Google Images and DeviantArt.
  • Lets you save designs as PNG or SVG files.

Recommended by MakeUseOf.

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Muvizu: Create Cool 3D Animations & Share

Posted on October 25, 2010. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Graphics | Tags: , , , , , |

MakeUseOf recommends Muvizu to Create Cool 3D Animations & Share them.

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Vue 7 for 3-D graphics

Posted on June 22, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Graphics | Tags: , , , , , , |

Vue 7 is a 3-D graphics creation program with some impressive artwork shown as the result.

The real site covers the free and pay versions.  The “Pioneer” free version gets you started, and if you like it, you can pay for a more powerful version, specialized to your style of artwork.

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Artweaver, I believe you can get me through the art

Posted on June 24, 2008. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Graphics | Tags: , , , , |

Artweaver is a freeware program for creating graphic art.

  • Support of many different digital brushes e.g. chalk, charcoal, pencils…
  • Standard image editing tools like gradient, crop, fill and selection tools.
  • Transparency and Layers support.
  • Effect filters like sharpen, blur, emboss and mosaic.
  • Support for the most common file formats like AWD (Artweaver), BMP, GIF, JPEG, PCX, TGA, TIFF, PNG, and PSD (no layer support).
  • Pen Tablet support for a realistic feeling.
  • Support for many languages through language files (Columbian Spanish, Danish, Hungarian, Swedish, …).
  • Artweaver is Freeware.
  • Windows 2000, Windows XP or Windows Vista.
  • Pentium compatible processor, 600 MHz or greater (1000 MHz recommended).
  • 128 MB RAM (256 MB recommended).
  • 30 MB of available hard disk space.
  • 800*600 pixels or greater monitor resolution (1024*768 pixels recommended).
  • 15-bit color display (24-bit recommended).
  • A Pen Tablet is recommended.
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Blender for 3D art

Posted on June 8, 2008. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Graphics | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

ZDNet has a post on Blender, a “3D modeling, animation, rendering, post-production, interactive creation and playback” program.

It is available for all major operating systems under the GNU General Public License.Mostly a bug-fixing release, but it also adds a few new features like subsurface scattering (SSS) support and two new composite nodes. Version 2.46 includes cloth and fur simulation, physics caching and baking, shading, glossy reflection and refraction, raytraced soft shadows, improved rendering features, and more.

For Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/Vista.  Freeware, registration required.

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beFunky animates your photos, videos

Posted on April 22, 2008. Filed under: Avatars, File conversion, Fun, Graphics | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Anybody see the movie “A Scanner Darkly”? Where everybody was turned into a realistic animated version of themselves (well, except during the hallucinations…)?

Try it yourself with beFunky and ‘cartoonize’ your photo or video.

  • Turn your photos into digital paintings and comic style animated cartoons.
  • Convert videos into cartoons.
  • Create and enhance cartoonized avatars: Choose between different background scenes, clothes and accessories, hairstyles, etc.
  • Warp tool: push and pull any area of an image (enlarge lips, reduce nose size, etc.).
  • Get a black and white pencil drawing of any photo.
  • Embed your beFunky stuff on your blog or profile pages.

Recommended by MakeUseOf.

WARNING: read the user agreement.  Using this site gives them the right to use your image and information for their own purposes (promotion of their service, for example).  If you are not comfortable with that, don’t use it.

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Open source clip art library

Posted on February 5, 2008. Filed under: Graphics, Web site creation | Tags: , , , , , , |

The Open Clip Art Library aims to create an archive of user contributed clip art that can be freely used. All graphics submitted to the project should be placed into the Public Domain according to the statement by the Creative Commons.

That means that you can use art from here for your web site, documents, etc. without paying a fee.  It would only be polite to credit the artist, however.

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Google SketchUp for 3-D drawing – free!

Posted on November 26, 2007. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Google, Graphics | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Google SketchUp is a 3-D graphics program. Freeware.

From the site: “Developed for the conceptual stages of design, Google SketchUp is a powerful yet easy-to-learn 3D software tool that combines a simple, yet robust tool-set with an intelligent drawing system that streamlines and simplifies 3D design. From simple to complex, conceptual to realistic, Google SketchUp enables you to build and modify 3D models quickly and easily. If you use Google Earth, Google SketchUp allows you to place your models using real-world coordinates.”

This is being used in a number of ways, from floor plans to furniture and building diagrams to pure art. There are also a number of libraries of things you can add in to your work, depending on what you are drawing. It also allows you to rotate your work and see it from all sides.

There is also a pay version with additional capabilities.

This is a really great program, especially for the price (free!).  You can find articles and books on it in a number of places now.

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Graphics viewers

Posted on November 13, 2007. Filed under: Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Google, Graphics, viewers | Tags: , , , , , , , |

  • Picasa freeware from Google to organize your digital images. A free digital organizer with limited editing capabilities.
  • IrfanView IrfanView is a very fast, small, compact and innovative FREEWARE (for non-commercial use) graphic viewer for Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003. It also does conversions from one graphics format to another (say, from .tif to .jpg).
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Alternative graphics programs

Posted on November 13, 2007. Filed under: Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Graphics | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The Windows Paint program is nice, but very limited and only does a few formats. To convert formats or create or edit something more complex, consider some of these.

  • Google SketchUp is a 3-D drawing program. Freeware. Very powerful but easy program for art, floor or building plans, furniture builders, mechanics, and others.
  • Picasa freeware from Google to organize your digital images. A free digital organizer with limited editing capabilities.
  • GIMP is the Gnu Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages.
  • Paint.NET “Paint.NET is image and photo manipulation software designed to be used on computers that run Windows 2000, XP, Vista, or Server 2003. It supports layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. It started development at Washington State University as an undergraduate senior design project mentored by Microsoft, and is currently being maintained by some of the alumni that originally worked on it. Originally intended as a free replacement for the MS Paint software that comes with Windows, it has grown into a powerful yet simple tool for photo and image editing. The programming language used to create Paint.NET is C#, with a small amount of C++ for setup and shell-integration related functionality.”
  • poster forge is freeware to create posters using your own art, for inspirational/motivational/demotivational, “wanted”, movie/film posters.
  • Gliffy online freeware to diagram, flowchart – much like Microsoft Visio. Recommended by Lifehacker.
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