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Captain Gear - on 21 Nov 2012
Does anyone know of a simple and easy to use graphics program one can download online for free?

Must be mac enabled and preferable legal!

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cb294 - on 21 Nov 2012
In reply to Captain Gear:

Have a look at GIMP, which is common in the linux world but is also available for Mac

http://www.gimp.org/downloads/

Cheers,

CB
crankey - on 21 Nov 2012
In reply to Captain Gear: try Blender you wont be dissapointed.

Blender.org
Philip on 21 Nov 2012
Inkscape is the best free graphics program on Linux, probably available for Macs. Or if you want photo editing then GIMP (as recommended above).
crankey - on 21 Nov 2012
In reply to crankey: Blender is an open source 3D creation suite,avalible for mac.
Jack B on 21 Nov 2012
In reply to Captain Gear:

I'm not sure I would describe blender or the GIMP as simple and easy to use. Free, legal, powerful, versatile yes, but not easy to use. If you want to invest a bit of time and learn to use one, GIMP is great. Blender can do amazing things, but is IMO even harder to master.

If you want simple and easy, you probably want something tuned to what you want to do, without all the complex extras you don't need. So the question is what do you want it for? Photo editing? Realistic 3D rendering? Technical drawing? Making logos? There are a great number of free graphics programs about.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_raster_graphics_editors#List
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_vector_graphics_editors#General_information
climber david - on 21 Nov 2012
In reply to Captain Gear:

for simple things (or complicated things if you're good with it) google sketch up is good for 3D. I also have autocad educational which is free, although you have to out in the name of a school or educational establishment. Its not too difficult to master the basics and there is loads of places available on the web for help as well

David
prog99 on 21 Nov 2012
In reply to Captain Gear:
Gimp is good and finally now has a proper OSX native gui. Very powerful but I find it frustrating and a bit slow. There are no shortage of online tutorials though which saved me the other week.
simon c on 21 Nov 2012
In reply to Captain Gear:

have a look at Darktable, linux based with mac osx option. I did a test on it and its nots bad.

http://www.darktable.org

http://www.darktable.org/install/
Captain Gear - on 22 Nov 2012
In reply to Captain Gear: I once something to draw a simple logo with...

Google sketch seems too complicated for this. I only need to work in 2D.
thomb - on 23 Nov 2012
In reply to Captain Gear:

GIMP is great, if a bit tricky to get to grips with.

Paint.net is a good alternative if you're on Windows and used to using Paint. Basically Paint but with layering and filtering functionality.
EeeByGum - on 23 Nov 2012
In reply to cb294:

> Have a look at GIMP, which is common in the linux world but is also available for Mac
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> http://www.gimp.org/downloads/

Alas GIMP is about as intuitive as Emacs. I would recommend Paint.Net which is basically the same as Windows Paint, but with useful functionality added.
Scarab9 - on 23 Nov 2012
In reply to Captain Gear:

Gimp and Inkscape.

Gimp I think is better but I find the odd thing easier in Inkscape so sometimes use a combo
cb294 - on 23 Nov 2012
In reply to EeeByGum:
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> Alas GIMP is about as intuitive as Emacs.

Might well be. I use photoshop a lot at work, so GIMP looks all familiar.

CB

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Jack B on 24 Nov 2012
In reply to Captain Gear:
> (In reply to Captain Gear) I once something to draw a simple logo with...


I would look at inkscape for drawing logos.

It's simple and has the right subset of tools. It also makes vector graphics which scale well to any size.

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