Five awesome tools for web designers (Free open source)

If you are looking a free open source web design tools then your search ends here now. In this post I am going to share some very useful web design tools for day to day designing.

This collection includes image editing tools, 3D animation tools, Icon creating tools etc.


BlenderBlender is a free open source 3D modeling and animation program, available for all major operating systems under the GNU General Public License. It is comparible to Maya, but without any cost. Maya is approx. $2,500 while many prefer Blender which costs $0. You can create studio quality 3D animation with Blender.

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paint.netPaint.NET was originally created as a free replacement for Windows Paint, but with a full set of features that you see in costly programs such as Photoshop. Features include special effects, unlimited undo and layer support. The only way it compares to MS Paint is in simplicity, but certainly not in lack of features.

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PhoenixPhoenix is a Web-based image editor. From basic image retouching to complex effects, Phoenix delivers the key features of a desktop image editor with the simplicity and accessibility of a web-based application.

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GIMPshop is a modified version of GIMP that’s made to look and feel like Photoshop. GIMPshop has all the same features, but addresses confusion issues for people making the switch from the costly Photoshop program to the free GIMP program. Another advantage to mimicking Photoshop is that tutorials written for Photoshop are applicable to GIMPshop.

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IconArt is an editor and creator for icons and cursors, including animated cursors. You can create icons or cursors from existing images or draw them from scratch in a highly magnified canvas from 16×16 pixels up to 64×64 pixels.

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