Thursday, May 25, 2017

Lake Marion Artisan's and 'Open' Art Technology

When you visit the new Lake Marion Artisan’s web site, take a look at the selected links to Open’ Art Tools & Technology posted on the site. These are some of the best free and open source software (FOSS) tools currently available to artists.

In addition to visiting the web site, if you happen to be traveling through Santee Cooper Lake Country don’t forget to swing by the Lake Marion Artisans art gallery in downtown Summerton and view some of the many art works produced by our local artisans.

The following are links to selected free and 'open source' software & tools for use in the Creative Arts:
  • Art of Illusion - A free and open source 3D modelling and rendering studio.
  • Avidemux - Free and open source software designed for multi-purpose video editing that can be used with most computer operating systems.
  • Blender - A free and open source 3D content creation suite, available for all major operating systems.
  • Calligra Flow - An easy to use free & open source diagramming and flowcharting application.
  • DarkTable - An open source photography workflow application and RAW developer. A virtual lighttable and darkroom for photographers.
  • GIMP(GNU Image Manipulation Program) - A multi-platform photo & image manipulation tool.  It is an open source alternative to Photoshop.
  • GNOME Projects - Hundreds of free and open source GNOME applications are available a vast range of activities, including playing media and editing photos
  • Kaltura - A community developed free and open source video management platform and applications.
  • Krita - A full-featured, open source sketching and painting application for digital artists.
  • Libre Office - A comprehensive open source software suite of office applications (e.g. word processing, spreadsheet) similar to MS Office.
  • MyPaint - An open source graphics application for digital painters.
  • Open Movie Editor - A free and open source video editing program, designed for basic movie making capabilities.
  • PhotoPrint - A free utility designed to assist in the process of printing digital photographs and posters.
  • Scribus - An open source desktop publishing system with and extensive graphics tools.
  • Sculptris and ZBrush - Sculptris is a free 3D modeling application for artists. ZBrush is a more advanced commercial product.
  • Shape Collage - An open source tool that allows you to create picture collages in any imaginable shape or form.
  • Synfig Studio - Free and open-source 2D animation software solution for creating film-quality animation using vector and bitmap artwork.
  • TuxPaint - A free, award-winning drawing program for children ages 3 to 12.

* Also, check out Mobile 'Art' Apps for your Smartphone from Google.


For more detailed information on free and open source software (FOSS) for artisans and art enthusiasts, go to the COSI ‘Open’ Art Tools & Technology web site.

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