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Free and open source vector imaging software

Image by Andrew Mason


Look at the vector images above, to the right and below. Try to guess which vector imaging software was used to produce the images. If you’re thinking of either:

  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Corel Draw
  • or Macromedia Freehand

Yes, any of the above vector imaging software allows you to draw and create the images but the best thing about these images, they are created via a free and open source vector imaging software called Inkscape. Life’s peach image by Andrew Mason

Inkscape is an open source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X.

Some Inkscape capabilities include:

  • Create sine curves
  • Apply gradient to a stroke
  • Create colored tiling of clone

Inkspace uses the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format, a  XML-based file format for describing two-dimensional vector graphics, both static and dynamic.

leftInkscape supports many advanced SVG features  such as markers, clones and alpha blending. With Inkscape, it is easy to edit nodes, perform complex path operations, trace bitmaps and much more.

Best of all, there is a large community of Inkscape users and developers because of its open concept. Fender image by nickrober

So far, I find Inkscape to be:

  • Fast and stable
  • User friendly and easy to use
  • Made for all since it can run on Windows, Linux and Mac OSX
  • Has many functions capable of matching the proprietary ones

Head on over to Inkscape‘s website and download a copy today.

For those who are more interested in editing photos instead, check out Aviary, a free online image editor similar to photoshop UI.

Also, another really neat online photo editing tool which automatically places and blends your image into a background is

Don’t know what can do, see the sample below and you’ll get it. Enjoy!

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About the author

Bob Lee

Hi! My name is Bob Lee and I’m a web developer / technical writer who specializes in developing and reviewing web applications. As an entrepreneur, blogger, developer, and tech enthusiast, I have been in this field for more than 10 years, and have been loving every minute of it.

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