Raster-Based Editor

The Raster-Based Editor section of Open Source Internet provides the best free and open source alternatives for working with raster-based images, this includes several open source alternatives to Adobe Photoshop.

GIMP

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Raster-Based - GIMPVisit Site: GIMP

Cost: Free

Comments: Free and open source image editing software.

Description: GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

Paint.NET

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Raster-Based - Paint.NETVisit Site: Paint.NET

Cost: Free

Comments: Free image editor.

Description: Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for PCs that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. An active and growing online community provides friendly help, tutorials, and plugins.

CinePaint

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Raster-Based - CinePaintVisit Site: CinePaint

Cost: Free

Comments: Free and open source image editing software.

Description: CinePaint is a deep paint image retouching tool that supports higher color fidelity than ordinary painting tools. CinePaint opens high fidelity image file formats such as DPX, 16-bit TIFF, and OpenEXR, and conventional formats like JPEG and PNG.

Artweaver

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Raster-Based - ArtweaverVisit Site: Artweaver

Cost: Free (lite)

Comments: Free and premium versions available.

Description: Artweaver allows you with a large selection of brushes to paint creatively. You can create sketches from photographs and just experiment with color.

Pinta

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Rastor-Based - PintaVisit Site: Pinta

Cost: Free

Comments: Free and open source editing software.

Description: Pinta is a free, open source drawing/editing program modeled after Paint.NET. Its goal is to provide users with a simple yet powerful way to draw and manipulate images on Linux, Mac, and Windows.

Gimpshop

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Cost: Free

Comments: Free photo editing software. Modified version of GIMP.

Description: Gimpshop is a FREE, downloadable photo and image editing software program built to rival Adobe Photoshop.

Pencil

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Animation - PencilVisit Site: Pencil

Cost: Free

Comments: Open source animation software.

Description: 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.

Krita

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Rastor-Based - KritaVisit Site: Krita

Cost: Free

Comments: Free KDE program for sketching and painting.

Description: Krita is a KDE program for sketching and painting, offering an end–to–end solution for creating digital painting files from scratch by masters. Fields of painting that Krita explicitly supports are concept art, creation of comics and textures for rendering. Modelled on existing real-world painting materials and workflows, Krita supports creative working by getting out of the way and with a snappy response.  

Seashore

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Cost: Free

Comments: Open source image editor for Mac.

Description: Seashore is an open source image editor for Mac OS X’s Cocoa framework. It features gradients, textures and anti-aliasing for both text and brush strokes. It supports multiple layers and alpha channel editing. It is based around the GIMP’s technology and uses the same native file format.