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Top 5 free art programs

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April Madden

Free art programs can help you to learn a new creative skill. Here are our top five favourites for all kinds of digital artists


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How would you like to try a new art style or skill completely free? You can, thanks to this set of free art programs!

Serif DrawPlus Starter Edition – use this to create vector illustrations and graphics.

ArtRage 2 Starter Edition – this is a great painting program with realistic paint effects.

TwistedBrush Open Studio – this painting program has a powerful brush engine. In the free edition you get a capsule collection of brushes and you can purchase add-ons.

Chasys Draw IES is a fully featured imaging suite which includes tools for image editing, RAW conversion and much more.

The GIMP is a photo and image editor with a wide range of functionality – just remember to follow its quirky installation procedure properly!

What are your favourite free art programs? Let us know in the Comments below!

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  • James Kelly said:

    I think you missed out Paint.net a nice and easy to use programme that allows photo editing as well as drawing, an easier to use version of GIMP.

  • Christine Garner said:

    “My Paint” is free and very good for sketching and painting.

    “Art Weaver Free” is good as well- like a cross between Painter and Photoshop.

    There is also “Krita” for digital painting and the free Caligra Suite is in development with some useful programs- all free.

  • janet said:

    I find
    “easy paint tool sai” to be my favorite.

  • natasha smith said:

    My daughter is doing her 12th grade project on art and she needs to do 15 hrs of field service i would like to know do ya’ll offer any programs that wi her allow it on Saturdays