In the design world, photo editing application is one of most important tools for graphic designer as well as web designer. As professional graphic designers, we almost cannot live without it. We all know that Adobe Photoshop is the best one, but it is not free, so just skip it. What we are talking here is about something FREE. After spending a full day on reviewing, I selected the top 5 free photo editing programs. And I want to share with you today. Yes, it is worth to have a look and try. Believe me or not, some of them provide rich features and essential tool sets for image editing, retouching, image composition and enhancement just similar to some professional packages. Let see it yourself and share your experience in comment section.
GIMP is not only photo editing application, it is image manipulate software program. You can use software for photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. If you ever had experienced or used Adobe Photoshop, you can see some similar features in GIMP.
Paint.NET is one of the fastest image editor available for digital photo editing purpose. The software provides all essential tools for image editing as well as photo enhancement. The software has some similar features to very popular graphic design software Adobe Photoshop and GIMP. This program requires Microsoft .NET Framework.
Picasa is very interactive photo viewing, organizing, editing and sharing. User can perform essential image editing tasks and organize the photos on your hard drive, sharing pictures online with Picasa Web Albums. Picasa is free photo editing software from Google that makes your pictures look great.
Artweaver is available in two versions, the Artweaver Free for free and Artweaver Plus with costs. Artweaver allows you to paint creatively with the help of a huge range of painting tools. You can create sketches from photos or just experiment with colors.
When talking about inspiration, some people say they can get it everywhere, but some think find inspiration is not easy. What about you? Today 2011, I am going to share with you the top 11 popular places to find inspiration for website designing. Here they are:
Creattica is a gallery of great design and inspirational imagery. Anyone can submit their work for consideration and voting on items is open to one and all. The best work is accepted and featured in the gallery which receives thousands of visitors every day.
Design Bombs serves as an inspiration portal for all web designers/developers around the world. They aim to bring a fun and kick back attitude to the scene while heat seeking the hottest sites out there.
The Design Inspiration is created by a group of designers who are seeking various design inspiration every day. The purpose of the site is to make every designer’s life easier by featuring the best logos, illustrations, websites, photos and patterns from the most talented designers from all around the world.
The Best Designs recognizes the best Flash and CSS web sites from around the world. Websites are categorized by CSS or Flash and also by elements of the design. TBD is usually updated every weekday, with the exception of holidays.
Today, I want to introduce you the amazing application for finding or creating color theme that every graphic designers should know. What make it cool and interesting? Adobe Kuler is FREE, you don’t have to spend a dime to use it. The program is available as both online and desktop application, you can download and install it into your computer or using it as web based application at kuler.adobe.com. More important thing, there are thousands of color theme that have been created and available for you to download and use.
How to Use It?
This application is designed to make it easy for you to use. There are both web based and desktop application.
Now you can browse, search, and save themes directly from your desktop with this Adobe AIR application. Drag individual themes to your desktop, where they can be scaled to any size (requires Adobe AIR).
Kuler save me a lot of time and effort in my designing works especially in website graphic design. I think it is fun and good to try this application. To find out the truth, let try it yourself. After experienced it, you are welcome to share your experience in the following section.
Illustrator provides powerful effect 3D effect which allow user to create 3D text as well as 3D object with less effort. In this tutorial I will show you on how to create realistic 3D text. After tutorial you may create 3D text in less than one minute. Ok, let get start: