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Free Graphic Software Downloads
You will need to create some kind of artwork in order to screenprint tee shirts. The artwork is then output to a film positive for screen making. There are many ways to create artwork for screen printing. Many people use Photoshop, Corel Draw and/or Illustrator. Most professional artwork created for screen printing tee shirts is in vector format.
Vector art is one of two forms of art used by computers, with the other form being bitmap art. Vector graphics is the use of geometrical primitives such as points, lines, curves, and shapes or polygons, which are all based on mathematical equations, to represent images in computer graphics. Bitmap graphics is the representation of images as an array of pixels, as it is typically used for the representation of photographic images. Bitmap or "raster" art is identified as art with file names ending in .GIF, .BMP, .JPEG, .JPG, and .PCX. Vector art, on the other hand, ends in .EPS.
The following is a list of free graphic software downloads for those of you who do not have the above mentioned graphic software. Most are either Freeware or introductory versions of purchasable software packages. Some may be demo versions of Shareware or Open Source. In any case it is your responsibility to determine computer compatibility, functionality and download safety. Catspit Productions has investigated but does not guarantee downloads form the websites listed below. Please make sure you know what you are doing before you download and install any software on your computer.
If you know of a good free graphic software download that is not listed here, please contact us and let us know. We will check it out and add it to the list.
VSO Seam Carving
VSO Seam Carving is a free windows application that will allow anyone to apply the principle of seam carving to editing digital photographs. Seam carving is a method designed for resizing photos without affecting the proportions of particular aspects of the photo. Developed by Shai Avidan, of Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs (MERL), and Ariel Shamir, of the Interdisciplinary Center and MERL.
FotoSketcher is a great program for users who enjoy being more creative with their photos. It has a decent range of painting and drawing effects. Copyright 2010, David Thoiron.
Hornil StylePix is an image editor with a contemporary and simple user interface. It has a strong range of tools and features for beginners and intermediate users alike. Copyright © 2010 Hornil Co. All rights reserved.
Livebrush is a drawing application that reacts to the way that you move the cursor. This is a great program for creating backgrounds and other decorations like vine work. © 2007-2009 David Fasullo.
For Mac users seeking an alternative to GIMP. Seashore is a free pixel-based image editor suitable for basic image enhancement and more advanced creative work on Mac OS X. Seashore was created by Mark Pazolli who led the project until the end of 2009.
PhotoFiltre is a free pixel-based image editor that offers useful tools for image adjustments. It is a relatively small application and unlike Photoshop, will install and launch very quickly. Copyright Softonic International S.L. © 2010 - All rights reserved.
Photoscape is a really excellent photo editing tool that includes just about everything you need to view, optimize, edit, print and have fun with your photos, all for free. Copyright Softonic International S.L. © 2010 - All rights reserved.
Photo Pos Pro
Photo Pos Pro is a powerful free pixel-based image editor with a lot to offer. It is a free photo editor offers users a wide variety of possibilities in the fields of Image Enhancing and Image Editing and in the field of Computer Graphics Design. 1999 - 2010 © Copyright Power Of Software. All rights reserved.
DrawPlus SE is a free pixel based image editor that offers an alternative to Adobe Illustrator for home users. It's a vector-based graphics editor. Copyright © 2010 Serif (Europe) Ltd. All rights reserved. Registered in England No 2117968.
Inkscape is a free vector-based image editor suitable for a wide of graphic design purposes. It's 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.
Paint.NET is a free pixel-based image editor suitable for basic image enhancement and more advanced creative work on Windows. Paint.NET is a registered trademark of dotPDN LLC.
GIMP is a bitmap/pixel based image manipulation program for photo editing and retouching, and creating images and animations. © 2001-2010 The GIMP Team.
Art Rage 2
With this free download you can try out 8 of the painting tools from the latest version of ArtRage 2 along with a number of the basic features of the product. The installer includes the full user manual for reference, and some basic resources for use as Tracing Images. The Starter Edition does not have a time limit, and includes the ability to load, save, and print pictures. Copyright 2010, Ambient Design Ltd.
Artweaver includes a number of natural media brushes and tools such as chalk, pencils, charcoal, oil paint, felt markers, crayons, airbrushes, acrylic, sponges, pastels, and cloners. Artweaver also contains a set of image manipulation and enhancement tools. © 2010 Boris Eyrich Software.