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Blender

Open-source software for 3D modeling, animation, rendering, post-production, interactive creation and playback.

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Cenon

Desktop publishing app features images, complex paths, text functions, color shading, printing, and a multitude of import and export abilities. Vector graphics conversion for supported formats.

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FlySketch

A drawing window appears above all other windows you have open. Change the transparency of the canvas, and you can trace, draw over, highlight, and capture just about anything that shows up behind FlySketch. Captures can be sent in an email.

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Fotor

Collection of image editing tools includes white balance, exposure, brightness, color contrast, saturation, and sharpness. Also, straighten, crop, rotate, and manipulate the image.

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GIMP

Have you ever wished there were a free version of Photoshop? Well, there is — kind of. It’s called GIMP, and it does a good job of such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. OK, it’s is not exactly Photoshop, but it you may find it comes close enough. And in case you were worried, GIMP no longer requires that X11 be installed on your Mac.

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Giphy Capture

Capture videos, or anything else that moves on your screen, as an animated gif with one-click stop and start. Allows for precision editing and sharing with friends.

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Hugin

Assemble a mosaic of photographs into a complete immersive panorama, stitch any series of overlapping pictures and much more.

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iBooks Author

Create and publish multi-touch books for iPad with this free tool from Apple. Start with a template and use drag-and-drop to customize it with photo galleries, movies, slideshows and 3D objects. Preview it on an iPad, then submit it to the iBookstore.

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Iconverter

Choose a program and convert its icon to an image. Formats include PNG, TIFF, JPG, GIF, ICNS and ICO. Batch processing is available and you can decide on the background colour. This tool is invaluable if you need to post the image of an icon on a website — in a software review, for example. Unfortunately, it seems to have been abandoned by the developer, but you can use the link below as a direct download from thriftmac.

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Image Tricks

Apply a number of cool effects to your pictures: adjust colours, add blurs, distort with twirl, bump and pinch, or stylize with mosaic, crystalize and halftone. Plus much more. You can also generate original images using similar effects.

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ImageAlpha

Greatly reduce file sizes of 24-bit PNG files (including alpha transparency) by applying lossy compression and conversion to a more efficient PNG8+alpha format. Compatible with iOS, all browsers, and degrades well in IE6.

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ImageOptim

Drag and drop .jpeg, .png and .gif images and see them instantly slim down. My pic of a baby relaxing in a tub on a hot day lost 15 per cent of its bulk. This open source app works by finding the best compression parameters and removing unnecessary comments and colour profiles. Which is just what you want to make websites load faster.

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Inkscape

If only there were a free version of Illustrator … or FreeHand … or CorelDraw. Inkscape aspires to be all these things and has lots of support. You must have X11 installed on your Mac in order to run this Unix-based program.

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Krita

Digital painting tool developed by artists who “want to see affordable art tools for everyone.” Aimed concept artists, illustrators, matte and texture artists, and the VFX industry. But designed so that amateurs also find it useful.

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Linear

Use a ruler to measure stuff on your screen in pixels or ems. Make as many rulers as you like. Great for web designers.

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LiveQuartz

A free image editor based on layers and CoreImage filters. You have the layers on the left and the filters on the right of the window. To edit an image, just drag it into the layers’ list and it will be added as a new layer.

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Meme Generator

Have mindless fun taking bizarre photos that have been circulating around the Internet — annoying Facebook girl, for example — and applying your own slogans to them. Or, as the website version puts it: “Bluntly offensive statements and careless advice with animal icons.”

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Paintbrush

A Cocoa-based paint program similar to Microsoft Paint and the now-defunct MacPaint. It can open and save to most major image formats, including BMP, PNG, JPEG, and GIF.

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Pencil

Nice little drawing program creates 2D animations with the use of layers. Create traditional hand-drawn cartoons using both bitmap and vector graphics.

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Photoscape

Photo viewing and editing software has many features, including rotate, straighten, resize, crop, color adjustment, auto level, white balance, curves, levels, paint brush, red eye correction, and clone stamp.

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Pipette

Quickly and easily grab the colour of any pixel on the screen and copy it in hex format, as used in CSS files, or in paint programs, such as Adobe Photoshop.

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Pixlr

Image editor from Autodesk has dozens of filters, effects, overlays and borders. Tools allow for fast edits, refinements, styles and stickers. More features require a monthly subscription.

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Scribus

This open source alternative to the likes of QuarkXPress and InDesign supports CMYK colour, separations, ICC colour management and versatile PDF creation. It may take some getting used to, but there is a strong community of users to offer support.

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Skala Color

Colour picker works with formats for web, iOS, Android, and OS X development — Hex, CSS RGBA, CSS HSLA, UIColor, NSColor and more. It automatically recognises colours copied to the clipboard, presenting them as a swatch that can be applied with a click. Hue and opacity sliders let you target rough values, then fine tune them with precision.

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Skitch

Take screenshots or photos or make your own sketch from scratch, then edit or annotate and share easily with others. (Note: Acquired by Evernote in August 2011, and now completely free.)

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Sweet Home 3D

Interior design app helps you place your furniture on a house 2D plan, with a 3D preview. Choose from a variety of rooms and objects to put in them.

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Th-MakerX

Drag and drop one image, many images or a folder of images to be resized and output as jpeg or png. Options for margin, canvas, destination, resolution, watermark and more.

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Tinkercad

Turn 3D models into real world creations made out of any flat material you can cut. Easily convert any 3D STL or OBJ file into a physical object using automatically generated 2D build plans and animated assembly instructions.

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Wings 3D

Create three-dimensional models such as a frog or, well, how about SpongeBob Squarepants. Check out the gallery to see the amazing things that are possible.

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XnConvert

Batch image-converter and resizer supports common formats such as JPG, PNG, TIFF, GIF, Camera RAW, JPEG2000, WebP and OpenEXR in addition to over 500 other image formats. Operations include rotating, adding watermarks, adding text, and adjustments for brightness, shadows and more.

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Krita

Digital painting tool developed by artists who “want to see affordable art tools for everyone.” Aimed concept artists, illustrators, matte and texture artists, and the VFX industry. But designed so that amateurs also find it useful.

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Giphy Capture

Capture videos, or anything else that moves on your screen, as an animated gif with one-click stop and start. Allows for precision editing and sharing with friends.

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Linear

Use a ruler to measure stuff on your screen in pixels or ems. Make as many rulers as you like. Great for web designers.

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Pixlr

Image editor from Autodesk has dozens of filters, effects, overlays and borders. Tools allow for fast edits, refinements, styles and stickers. More features require a monthly subscription.

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FlySketch

A drawing window appears above all other windows you have open. Change the transparency of the canvas, and you can trace, draw over, highlight, and capture just about anything that shows up behind FlySketch. Captures can be sent in an email.

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Th-MakerX

Drag and drop one image, many images or a folder of images to be resized and output as jpeg or png. Options for margin, canvas, destination, resolution, watermark and more.

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Skala Color

Colour picker works with formats for web, iOS, Android, and OS X development — Hex, CSS RGBA, CSS HSLA, UIColor, NSColor and more. It automatically recognises colours copied to the clipboard, presenting them as a swatch that can be applied with a click. Hue and opacity sliders let you target rough values, then fine tune them with precision.

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Photoscape

Photo viewing and editing software has many features, including rotate, straighten, resize, crop, color adjustment, auto level, white balance, curves, levels, paint brush, red eye correction, and clone stamp.

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ImageAlpha

Greatly reduce file sizes of 24-bit PNG files (including alpha transparency) by applying lossy compression and conversion to a more efficient PNG8+alpha format. Compatible with iOS, all browsers, and degrades well in IE6.

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Fotor

Collection of image editing tools includes white balance, exposure, brightness, color contrast, saturation, and sharpness. Also, straighten, crop, rotate, and manipulate the image.

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Tinkercad

Turn 3D models into real world creations made out of any flat material you can cut. Easily convert any 3D STL or OBJ file into a physical object using automatically generated 2D build plans and animated assembly instructions.

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iBooks Author

Create and publish multi-touch books for iPad with this free tool from Apple. Start with a template and use drag-and-drop to customize it with photo galleries, movies, slideshows and 3D objects. Preview it on an iPad, then submit it to the iBookstore.

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Meme Generator

Have mindless fun taking bizarre photos that have been circulating around the Internet — annoying Facebook girl, for example — and applying your own slogans to them. Or, as the website version puts it: “Bluntly offensive statements and careless advice with animal icons.”

Download site Comment

ImageOptim

Drag and drop .jpeg, .png and .gif images and see them instantly slim down. My pic of a baby relaxing in a tub on a hot day lost 15 per cent of its bulk. This open source app works by finding the best compression parameters and removing unnecessary comments and colour profiles. Which is just what you want to make websites load faster.

Download site Comment

XnConvert

Batch image-converter and resizer supports common formats such as JPG, PNG, TIFF, GIF, Camera RAW, JPEG2000, WebP and OpenEXR in addition to over 500 other image formats. Operations include rotating, adding watermarks, adding text, and adjustments for brightness, shadows and more.

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Iconverter

Choose a program and convert its icon to an image. Formats include PNG, TIFF, JPG, GIF, ICNS and ICO. Batch processing is available and you can decide on the background colour. This tool is invaluable if you need to post the image of an icon on a website — in a software review, for example. Unfortunately, it seems to have been abandoned by the developer, but you can use the link below as a direct download from thriftmac.

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Skitch

Take screenshots or photos or make your own sketch from scratch, then edit or annotate and share easily with others. (Note: Acquired by Evernote in August 2011, and now completely free.)

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Cenon

Desktop publishing app features images, complex paths, text functions, color shading, printing, and a multitude of import and export abilities. Vector graphics conversion for supported formats.

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Sweet Home 3D

Interior design app helps you place your furniture on a house 2D plan, with a 3D preview. Choose from a variety of rooms and objects to put in them.

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Hugin

Assemble a mosaic of photographs into a complete immersive panorama, stitch any series of overlapping pictures and much more.

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Blender

Open-source software for 3D modeling, animation, rendering, post-production, interactive creation and playback.

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LiveQuartz

A free image editor based on layers and CoreImage filters. You have the layers on the left and the filters on the right of the window. To edit an image, just drag it into the layers’ list and it will be added as a new layer.

Download site Comment

Pipette

Quickly and easily grab the colour of any pixel on the screen and copy it in hex format, as used in CSS files, or in paint programs, such as Adobe Photoshop.

Download site Comment

Pencil

Nice little drawing program creates 2D animations with the use of layers. Create traditional hand-drawn cartoons using both bitmap and vector graphics.

Download site Comment

Paintbrush

A Cocoa-based paint program similar to Microsoft Paint and the now-defunct MacPaint. It can open and save to most major image formats, including BMP, PNG, JPEG, and GIF.

Download site Comment

Image Tricks

Apply a number of cool effects to your pictures: adjust colours, add blurs, distort with twirl, bump and pinch, or stylize with mosaic, crystalize and halftone. Plus much more. You can also generate original images using similar effects.

Download site Comment

Scribus

This open source alternative to the likes of QuarkXPress and InDesign supports CMYK colour, separations, ICC colour management and versatile PDF creation. It may take some getting used to, but there is a strong community of users to offer support.

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Inkscape

If only there were a free version of Illustrator … or FreeHand … or CorelDraw. Inkscape aspires to be all these things and has lots of support. You must have X11 installed on your Mac in order to run this Unix-based program.

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GIMP

Have you ever wished there were a free version of Photoshop? Well, there is — kind of. It’s called GIMP, and it does a good job of such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. OK, it’s is not exactly Photoshop, but it you may find it comes close enough. And in case you were worried, GIMP no longer requires that X11 be installed on your Mac.

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Wings 3D

Create three-dimensional models such as a frog or, well, how about SpongeBob Squarepants. Check out the gallery to see the amazing things that are possible.

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3D

Alice

Create 3D models and learn programming with an easy drag-and-drop method designed for students.

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Blender

Open-source software for 3D modeling, animation, rendering, post-production, interactive creation and playback.

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Sweet Home 3D

Interior design app helps you place your furniture on a house 2D plan, with a 3D preview. Choose from a variety of rooms and objects to put in them.

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Tinkercad

Turn 3D models into real world creations made out of any flat material you can cut. Easily convert any 3D STL or OBJ file into a physical object using automatically generated 2D build plans and animated assembly instructions.

Download site

Wings 3D

Create three-dimensional models such as a frog or, well, how about SpongeBob Squarepants. Check out the gallery to see the amazing things that are possible.

Download site

Drawing

Inkscape

If only there were a free version of Illustrator … or FreeHand … or CorelDraw. Inkscape aspires to be all these things and has lots of support. You must have X11 installed on your Mac in order to run this Unix-based program.

Download site

Pencil

Nice little drawing program creates 2D animations with the use of layers. Create traditional hand-drawn cartoons using both bitmap and vector graphics.

Download site

Vectr

Vector drawing program promises intuitive tools, real-time collaboration and scale-able graphics.

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Painting

Krita

Digital painting tool developed by artists who “want to see affordable art tools for everyone.” Aimed concept artists, illustrators, matte and texture artists, and the VFX industry. But designed so that amateurs also find it useful.

Download site

Paintbrush

A Cocoa-based paint program similar to Microsoft Paint and the now-defunct MacPaint. It can open and save to most major image formats, including BMP, PNG, JPEG, and GIF.

Download site

Photo editing

Fotor

Collection of image editing tools includes white balance, exposure, brightness, color contrast, saturation, and sharpness. Also, straighten, crop, rotate, and manipulate the image.

Download site

GIMP

Have you ever wished there were a free version of Photoshop? Well, there is — kind of. It’s called GIMP, and it does a good job of such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. OK, it’s is not exactly Photoshop, but it you may find it comes close enough. And in case you were worried, GIMP no longer requires that X11 be installed on your Mac.

Download site

Image Tricks

Apply a number of cool effects to your pictures: adjust colours, add blurs, distort with twirl, bump and pinch, or stylize with mosaic, crystalize and halftone. Plus much more. You can also generate original images using similar effects.

Download site

ImageAlpha

Greatly reduce file sizes of 24-bit PNG files (including alpha transparency) by applying lossy compression and conversion to a more efficient PNG8+alpha format. Compatible with iOS, all browsers, and degrades well in IE6.

Download site

LiveQuartz

A free image editor based on layers and CoreImage filters. You have the layers on the left and the filters on the right of the window. To edit an image, just drag it into the layers’ list and it will be added as a new layer.

Download site

Photoscape

Photo viewing and editing software has many features, including rotate, straighten, resize, crop, color adjustment, auto level, white balance, curves, levels, paint brush, red eye correction, and clone stamp.

Download site

Pinta

Drawing and image editing program features drawing tools, adjustments and effects, full history, multiple layers and work spaces.

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Pixlr

Image editor from Autodesk has dozens of filters, effects, overlays and borders. Tools allow for fast edits, refinements, styles and stickers. More features require a monthly subscription.

Download site

Tools

Cenon

Desktop publishing app features images, complex paths, text functions, color shading, printing, and a multitude of import and export abilities. Vector graphics conversion for supported formats.

Download site

FlySketch

A drawing window appears above all other windows you have open. Change the transparency of the canvas, and you can trace, draw over, highlight, and capture just about anything that shows up behind FlySketch. Captures can be sent in an email.

Download site

Giphy Capture

Capture videos, or anything else that moves on your screen, as an animated gif with one-click stop and start. Allows for precision editing and sharing with friends.

Download site

Hugin

Assemble a mosaic of photographs into a complete immersive panorama, stitch any series of overlapping pictures and much more.

Download site

iBooks Author

Create and publish multi-touch books for iPad with this free tool from Apple. Start with a template and use drag-and-drop to customize it with photo galleries, movies, slideshows and 3D objects. Preview it on an iPad, then submit it to the iBookstore.

Download site

Iconverter

Choose a program and convert its icon to an image. Formats include PNG, TIFF, JPG, GIF, ICNS and ICO. Batch processing is available and you can decide on the background colour. This tool is invaluable if you need to post the image of an icon on a website — in a software review, for example. Unfortunately, it seems to have been abandoned by the developer, but you can use the link below as a direct download from thriftmac.

Download site

ImageOptim

Drag and drop .jpeg, .png and .gif images and see them instantly slim down. My pic of a baby relaxing in a tub on a hot day lost 15 per cent of its bulk. This open source app works by finding the best compression parameters and removing unnecessary comments and colour profiles. Which is just what you want to make websites load faster.

Download site

Linear

Use a ruler to measure stuff on your screen in pixels or ems. Make as many rulers as you like. Great for web designers.

Download site

Meme Generator

Have mindless fun taking bizarre photos that have been circulating around the Internet — annoying Facebook girl, for example — and applying your own slogans to them. Or, as the website version puts it: “Bluntly offensive statements and careless advice with animal icons.”

Download site

Pipette

Quickly and easily grab the colour of any pixel on the screen and copy it in hex format, as used in CSS files, or in paint programs, such as Adobe Photoshop.

Download site

Scribus

This open source alternative to the likes of QuarkXPress and InDesign supports CMYK colour, separations, ICC colour management and versatile PDF creation. It may take some getting used to, but there is a strong community of users to offer support.

Download site

Skala Color

Colour picker works with formats for web, iOS, Android, and OS X development — Hex, CSS RGBA, CSS HSLA, UIColor, NSColor and more. It automatically recognises colours copied to the clipboard, presenting them as a swatch that can be applied with a click. Hue and opacity sliders let you target rough values, then fine tune them with precision.

Download site

Skitch

Take screenshots or photos or make your own sketch from scratch, then edit or annotate and share easily with others. (Note: Acquired by Evernote in August 2011, and now completely free.)

Download site

Th-MakerX

Drag and drop one image, many images or a folder of images to be resized and output as jpeg or png. Options for margin, canvas, destination, resolution, watermark and more.

Download site

Windowed

Stripped down mobile browser allows you to upload photos to Instragram directly from your Mac desktop.

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XnConvert

Batch image-converter and resizer supports common formats such as JPG, PNG, TIFF, GIF, Camera RAW, JPEG2000, WebP and OpenEXR in addition to over 500 other image formats. Operations include rotating, adding watermarks, adding text, and adjustments for brightness, shadows and more.

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