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Free Art Programs/Software for Digital Artists

These are great alternatives to the more pricey well-known brands like Adobe, Autodesk, CorelDraw Graphics Suite, etc...

I have used and still use these programs in my creative moments. If you are an artist on a budget, a student, or a hobbyist who does not want to fork out a ton of money these are wonderful programs you should check out.

Free and Open-Source: Great for photo editing, graphic manipulation, and digital painting.

I have used this since high school. It has changed a lot and has always been reliable. It is probably more powerful than I think I just don't know enough about python.

Painting, comics. Has lots of brushes, and resources.

This is my go-to for my more serious paintings or comics. It comes with lots of resources and has a strong community behind it. David Revoy is a great artist and resource for this community.

Free and Open-Source: Illustrating, designing, web designing, vector imagery

I dabbled in this. I think it is a great program, I just didn't have time to learn it all and I am not a designer but I can see this being a very versatile tool for someone who is.

Free and Open- Source: 3D creation suite. modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, video editing, and 2D animation pipeline

When I got into this program my computer at the time could not handle it but there are lots of tutorials and resources. This is a very amazing and powerful program if you are interested in 3D art or animation.

Free and Open-Source: Video editor

I will always have this in my back pocket. It does a really nice job and has everything you need to accomplish most tasks.

League of Legends comic team fight
Artwork made with Krita and Gimp and Manga Studio 5.0 for a contest.


Angele Gougeon
Angele Gougeon
Oct 11, 2021

Love the list! All great resources.

But I love the art even more! ;)

There's even a few programs on here that I haven't tried yet. I'll have to get to that! Thank you.

Oct 14, 2021
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Thank you. Yes, I wouldn't be anywhere near where I am today as an artist if it were not for these programs. Krita is on Steam for I believe $10 with automatic updates. I got that to show my support. My poor gaming friends are like. What game is Krita?!

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