In the flourishing video game industry, graphic designers want several things out of their software options. After all, not all the graphic designers are working on the same project. Different plots and situations call for different tools. You may be fresh to the field, and want to get a sense of the best graphic design software, or you may be a graphic design veteran, and you probably have your tried-and-true software options all picked out.
These days there are all kinds of open-source software and free-to-use software available on the internet. Explore our collection of free options so that you can figure out what fits the best.
- Sumopaint: It is a program that works directly in your web browser. Sumopaint is both an image editor and a painting application working right in your browser. You don’t need to download anything. But you can if you want to. You can create an account with Sumopaint for effortless access to your work. You can simply upload images from your computer into this program to edit them. It has pencils, a standard color picker, brush-stroke options, and light, familiar-feeling interface. And yes, it’s free!
- SVG-Edit: Searching for another free browser-based program? How about using a vector image editor? SVG-Edit is a convenient and browser-based program that lets you do exactly what its name suggests, i.e., to edit an SVG file. Of course, you can also instantly generate a new SVG file, too. Since the program is browser-based, so whether you’re whipping up something new or loading an image into the program, you can access it from any modern browser.
- Alchemy: Alchemy is a very smart program. It’s a brainstorming software. It doesn’t have an undo button. There’s minimal selecting functionality, and there isn’t much editing functionality too. In a field where it can be hard to let something go as “finished,” losing a lot of that control and only going forward with the creation is refreshing and liberating. It is also free!
- Blender: It is an open source 3D modeling software that allows you to experiment without breaking the piggy bank. It’s available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. With Blender, you have the power to do fast rigging, photo-realistic rendering, sculpting with around 20 different brush types, and even help in game creation. Blender has a complete game engine included right in the software. Overall, it is not bad for a totally free, open-source program.
- Inkscape: Inkscape can be downloaded for free on Windows, Linux, and Mac. It operates with SVG files as its primary format. It is both free, and open source. It’s a powerful software tool whose functionalities can be compared to that of Adobe Illustrator. It is worth popping over to the Inkscape site to take a glance at what it’s capable of in the right hands.
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