15 Top Open Source Design Tools

You may not be familiar with what open source design tools are but that’s about to change. In a nutshell, open source design tools are design tools that are free for anyone and everyone to use. When you think of tools like this, a few tools probably come to mind.

The most popular is Blender which you’ll see listed as the first open source design tool on our list below. Feature length films have been made with Blender as well as numerous other projects. Still not sure what it’s all about? Well, think of it this way. What if you could make a film like Disney-Pixar’s Toy Story on no budget from the comfort of your own home. Tools like Blender allow you to do just that. So, with all of this being said, we’ve put together a list of the 15 Top Open Source Design Tools for your viewing pleasure. Don’t worry though. These tools aren’t just about creating vivid 3D text but are more about creating vivid 3D images, video, and more.

Not only will these tools allow you to create some pretty amazing projects from the comfort of your own home or office but they also won’t cost you a dime. The only thing that you’ll have to invest is time as some of these do have a pretty tough learning curve. However, if you’re already in this line of work and familiar with these types of tools, they should be a walk in the park for you. Without further delay, if you’re ready to take a look at the list below, all you need to do is scroll down, check them out, and enjoy them all!

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Blender

Blender is a Free and open-source 3D computer graphics software product used for creating animated films, visual effects, interactive 3D applications or video games. Blender’s features include 3D modeling, UV unwrapping, texturing, rigging and skinning, fluid and smoke simulation, particle simulation, animating, rendering, video editing and compositing.

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Inkscape

An Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format

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FontForge

An outline font editor that lets you create your own postscript, truetype, opentype, cid-keyed, multi-master, cff, svg and bitmap (bdf, FON, NFNT) fonts, or edit existing ones. Also lets you convert one format to another. FontForge has support for many macintosh font formats.

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3DSlicer

3D Slicer (Slicer) is a free, open source software package for image and scientific visualization.

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GIMP

GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition, and image authoring. It works on many operating systems and in many languages.

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Pencil

Pencil is an animation/drawing software for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. It lets you create traditional hand-drawn animation (cartoon) using both bitmap and vector graphics. Pencil is free and open source.

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OpenSCAD

OpenSCAD is a software for creating solid 3D CAD objects. It is free software and available for Linux/UNIX, MS Windows and Mac OS X.

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Soya 3D

Soya 3D is an object oriented “high level” 3D engine for Python. Somehow, Soya is to 3D what Python is to programming: an ‘avant garde’ 3D engine, a kind of ‘UFO’ in the 3D world

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Amaya

Amaya is a Web editor, i.e. a tool used to create and update documents directly on the Web. Browsing features are seamlessly integrated with the editing and remote access features in a uniform environment. This follows the original vision of the Web as a space for collaboration and not just a one-way publishing medium.

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Draw

DRAW – from a quick sketch to a complex plan, DRAW gives you the tools to communicate with graphics and diagrams. With a maximum page size of 300cm by 300cm, DRAW is powerful tool for technical or general posters, etc.

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Kivio

Kivio is an easy to use diagramming and flowcharting application with tight integration to the other KOffice applications. It enables you to create network diagrams, organisation charts, flowcharts and more.

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OpenBEXI

OpenBEXI is a WYSIWYG HTML editor using the magic of HTML5. It allows you to create, manage and publish web pages for Internet. All HTML texts, pictures, charts, and DOJO widgets edited on your browser look like the HTML page you are going to publish

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Greenshot

Greenshot is a light-weight screenshot software tool

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Xournal

Xournal is an application for notetaking, sketching, keeping a journal using a stylus. It is free software (GNU GPL) and runs on Linux (recent distributions) and other GTK+/Gnome platforms. It is similar to Microsoft Windows Journal or to other alternatives such as Jarnal, Gournal, and NoteLab.

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Unfortunately, this list has come to an end but we still have good news left to give. What is the good news? Well, it’s the fact that we have hundreds of lists just like this one waiting for people like you to read them. We’ve even provided links to some of those lists below and hope that you’ll check out each and every one of them. You never know what you could learn from lists like these and they may make your life much easier. If you ask us, that sounds like a win-win situation. So, what are you waiting for? Check them out today!

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  • http://www.gogotools.co.uk/ Harrold Fisher

    Cool tools. Well i like this article and i am more interested to read about your photoshop tutorials. Since i am new to it i am very eager to know the uses of the tools inside photoshop. Thanks.

  • http://www.ravenousravendesign.com Heather Wood

    How could you forget Google Sketch Up???

  • http://payrollsoftwarereviews.com Jany P

    I was new to Amaya, I new about this today.

    Thanks

  • http://www.open-source-web-development.com/ open source design

    Awesome to see Inkscape up at the top of the list – my designer put me onto using this and have been happy with Inkscape’s results. Only thing I dislike is sometimes it will bog down Firefox’s performance speed but believe this depends on the site I’m reviewing :-)

  • Manuel Garcia

    Awesome Collection! Even though I never try to use any of these, I will surely check them out!

  • http://www.blogged.jimdo.com Ben Stuart

    Great collection, I’d like to get round to giving each of these a go.

  • http://www.smileeve.com eve

    Hello, very nice to share this, anyway, can all of these softwares work in 64 bit computer? please anyone reply, help me. Thank you.

  • Jai

    Great share! I’ll check this design tools one by one later. Heheheh! Thank you so much.

  • Prabha

    I have never designed anything yet but these tool are good to start designing. I want to have these tool to learn designing. Thanks for the tools.

  • http://www.satyathakur.com Satya Thakur

    Great post and very handy for web designers, so far I have only got into GIMP but I’d love to give the others a go.

  • Bhring Nath Prasad

    I have never used any of these designs tools but i will surely wanna try one of these design tools.

  • Prabha

    Blender is a nice open source design tool which i personally use and its easy to use and very user friendly.

  • Prabha

    Ha ha it a best collection of open source design tool i have ever used.

  • Tarun Jaitely

    Its Really a nice collection of open source design tools. Some of them are really great.

  • https://www.facebook.com/nikhil.sharma.982845 Nikhil Sharma

    Awesome Collection! Even though I never try to use any of these, I will surely check them out!

  • Kuldeep

    Amazing collection! These are very nice design tools. I personally like Gimp design tool. It’s amazing.

  • Bhring Nath Prasad

    Wow these are really a very nice collection of open source design tools. Some of them are really great and awesomes great share.