55 Open Source Replacements for Photo and Graphics Tools: Page 3

Open source apps to create, edit, organize and share images.
Posted February 13, 2012

Cynthia Harvey

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31. Shotwell

Replaces: Adobe Bridge, Picasa, Windows Live Essentials Photo Gallery

This photo manager for the Gnome desktop makes it easy to import, organize, edit and publish your pictures. It offers basic editing features like cropping, rotation, red-eye removal, saturation, tint and temperature, and it integrates with Facebook, Flickr, Picasa and YouTube. Operating System: Linux

32. Comix

Replaces: Adobe Bridge, Picasa, Windows Live Essentials Photo Gallery

Although it was built for viewing and organizing comic book collections, this app also functions well as a general image viewer. It offers basic image enhancement capabilities and tagging and bookmark capabilities that make it easy to see your library. Operating System: Linux

Web-Based Photo Albums

33. Coppermine Photo Gallery

Replaces: Photobucket, Flickr

If you have your own Web server, you can use Coppermine to manage and share your photo collection with the world. It stores photo information in a MySQL database and allows you to organize your photos into online albums, upload photos, view slideshows and much more. Operating System: OS Independent

34. Gallery

Replaces: Photobucket, Flickr

Like Coppermine, Gallery requires that users have their own Web servers or Web hosting from a third-party provider. It provides a way to integrate large photo collections into existing websites. Click the link for examples of sites that use this software. Operating System: Windows, Linux

3D Graphics and Animation

35. Blender

Replaces: Maya

Designed for professionals, Blender is a complete 3D content creation suite with tools for modeling, shading, animating, rendering, and compositing both still and moving images. A number of motion pictures have been created using this software, and Blender even has an annual film festival to show off users' creations. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

36. K-3D

Replaces: Maya

Boasting that it is "easy, powerful, flexible and free," K-3D offers powerful 3D modeling and animation capabilities with an intuitive interface. The site offers plenty of help for new artists, including extensive tutorials. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

37. Art of Illusion

Replaces: Maya

While not quite as robust as Maya, this 3D modeling and rendering studio still packs plenty of professional-quality features like subdivision surface based modeling tools, skeleton based animation, and a graphical language for designing procedural textures and materials. Check out the site for examples of artwork created with this open source tool. Operating System: OS Independent

38. Wings 3D

Replaces: Nendo, Mirai

Wings 3D creates still graphics, but not animation. Designed to be both powerful and easy to use, it offers a wide range of modeling tools, a customizable interface, support for lights and materials, and a built-in AutoUV mapping facility. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

39. gSculpt

Replaces: Nendo, Mirai

A fork of Wings 3D, gSculpt provides all the tools found in Wings 3D, plus a few additional improvements designed to improve workflow and reduce the time required for creating new graphics. In addition to the documentation available on the site, one gSculpt users has set up a blog with extensive tutorials for those new to 3D graphics. Operating System: Windows, Linux

40. Misfit Model 3D

Replaces: Nendo, Mirai

Although it's no longer in active development, you can still download and use this 3D modeling tool. Features include multi-level undo, skeletal animations, simple texturing and command-line batch processing. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

41. Gmsh

Replaces: Nendo, Mirai

This app describes itself as a "3D finite element grid generator with a build-in CAD engine and post-processor." In layman's terms, it's a simple program for designing three-dimensional objects that offers some capabilities of a 3D graphics tool and some capabilities of a CAD tool. Operating System: Windows, Linux

42. JPatch

Replaces: Nendo, Mirai

This Java-based tool offers full modeling capabilities, but only basic animation capabilities. Sample work created with the app can be seen on the site. Operating System: OS Independent

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