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Illustration, Matte Painting, Drawing, 2D Art Software

Featured free 2D digital art application software downloads for MS Windows XP Vista 7 Mac OS X

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Scribus Desktop Publishing
digital art illustration software, drawing software, painting software

Scribus Desktop Publishing
Powerful desktop publishing software that helps you create great looking documents of all kinds. It also comes with a lot of support options to help you achieve the best graphic design result. Scribus offers up a freeware desktop publisher that lacks the polish of more popular, pay-for-use programs, but it is free.
Development: Open Source
Type: 2D software
License: Free Noncommercial

3D Bridge for Photoshop free application software plugin 2d graphic design freeware downloads

3D Bridge for Photoshop
Include 3D imagery and artwork in Photoshop 7, CS, CS2 or CS3. Take your first step into 3D with the free 3D Bridge. Launch DAZ Studio from Photoshop. View 3D scenes as Photoshop layers. Easily pose characters and objects three-dimensionally and see the results immediately in Photoshop.
Development: DAZ Studio
Type: 3D+2D software
License: Free Noncommercial

InsightPoint digital art sophisticated illustration and layout freeware for Web and print

This application software creates sophisticated illustration and layout for Web and print. When it comes to spell out and share your ideas, in text and in graphics as well. Besides popular bitmap outputs, InsightPoint can also create high-quality, Web-deployable multipage presentation slide shows.
Development: Icytec Group
Type: 2D software
License: Free Noncommercial

InkScape free application software vector graphics editor freeware downloads

Open Source vector graphics editor freeware, with capabilities similar to Adobe Illustrator, Freehand, CorelDraw, or Xara X using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. It imports formats such as JPEG, PNG, TIFF, and others and exports PNG as well as multiple vector-based formats.
Development: General Public License (GPL)
Type: 2D software
License: Free Noncommercial

Desktop Graffitist digital art desktop drawing software, painting software download

Desktop Graffitist
A small desktop drawing program that enables you to spray paint your desktop, and anything else that might appear on screen. DG is designed for recreation and creativity, and can be used to relieve office stress and boredom. Vandalize your desktop today! Leave messages on other people's computers too...
Development: NGNeer
Type: 2D software
License: Free Noncommercial

ArtRage free 2d Painting and drawing package graphic design freeware application software downloads

Painting and drawing package designed to provide a realistic and fun simulation of using paint on a canvas, along with pens, pencils, crayons, and other tools. ArtRage is available for both Windows and Mac OS X. It can be used with a mouse, but works better if you have a graphics tablet, or even better on a Tablet PC.
Development: Ambient Design Ltd.
Type: 2D software
License: Free Noncommercial

SmoothDraw NX natural painting and digital free-hand drawing digital art drawing software, painting software

SmoothDraw NX
An easy natural painting and digital free-hand drawing application software that can produce high quality pixel and vector digital art pictures. Support many kinds of brushes (pen, pencil, dry media, airbrush, bristle brush, image hose, etc.), retouch tools, layers, image adjustment, and many illustration effects...
Development: SmoothDraw team
Type: 2D software
License: Free Noncommercial

Pixia free application software 2d graphic design free painting and retouching freeware downloads

English version of a popular free painting and retouching software that originated in Japan. It features custom brush tips, multiple layers, masking, vector- and bitmap-based drawing tools, color, tone, and lighting adjustments, and multiple undo/redo. Like many freeware editors, no support for GIF format.
Development: Isao Maruoka
Type: 2D software
License: Free Noncommercial

What is the best software for making illustrations and other desktop publishing today?

For many years, Adobe Illustrator software was the standard for creating illustrations. Desktop publishing prints, then for design graphics, then for the internet, and now for cellphones. The majority of digital art professionals around the world are using its features for the graphic design jobs.

However, there are many Adobe Illustrator alternatives which can make the job done efficiently or sometimes even better. Some of matte painting software is ranked even higher above illustrator by many designers. In most European countries, CorelDRAW more in use than Illustrator. But enough about commercial applications.

How about Inkscape? This Open Source program is one of the illustrators favourite. It creates clear vector effects, dynamic pass layers and its cross-vector feature allows you to see the results applied right away. More features are easy scaling, arbitrary transformations, linear and circular gradients, and translucent opacity.

Xara Xtreme is the other free open source program. Even the paid version is still cheaper than Illustrator. Xara Xtreme is a standard in Vector drawing applications with some pixel related capabilities. On the other hand the freeware download has very useful graphics, predesigned stencils and floating dialogs palettes and menus.

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