Free Software Applications and Tutorials

Free 3D Applications & Free 2D Applications

Free Digital Art Software and Computer Graphics Applications, Tutorials and Digital Artist Resources

Are you new to digital art and computer graphics and want to get started for FREE?
Or maybe you're a seasoned veteran looking for some new FREE tools.

YURdigital has compiled a list of our favorite FREE digital art applications, digital art tutorials and resources for digital artists.
 

Free 3D Applications:

DAZ Studio
Become a 3D Artist for Free with DAZ Studio
DAZ Studio is a free, feature rich 3D figure design and 3D animation tool that enables anyone to create stunning digital imagery. This is the perfect tool to design unique digital art and animation using virtual people, animals, props, vehicles, accessories, environments and more.

Vue Pioneer
http://www.e-onsoftware.com/products/vue/vue_9_pioneer/
Vue Pioneer lets you create vast expanses of terrains, add trees, select the best point of view and render hyper-realistic images of your landscapes in moody atmospheres... in a few mouse clicks.

Wings 3D
http://www.wings3d.com/
Wings 3D is a subdivision modeler. There is no support in Wings for doing animations.

Blender
http://www.blender.org/
Blender is a free open source 3D content creation suite, suitable for everything from modeling to sequence editing and animations.

Sculptris
http://www.sculptris.com/
Sculptris wants you to make 3D models, with this free digital sculpting software.

Google SketchUp
http://sketchup.google.com/intl/en/download/index.html
Create, modify and share 3D models for free.

Free 2D Applications:

MaPZone
http://www.mapzoneeditor.com/
MaPZone is simply the most advanced texturing tool ever. MaPZone is only intended to be used for producing high quality textures, and this is what it does best.

Gimp
http://www.gimp.org/
GIMP is an Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages.

Stykz
http://www.stykz.net/Home.html
Stykz is freeware, meaning it's completely free to download and use to create animations that you can show off to others or import into other applications.

Microsoft Pro Photo Tool
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/
The Pro Photo Tools allow you to add, change, and delete common metadata properties for digital photographs. You can place photos on the Live Earth map and then drag them to the right location.

Fast Stone Image Viewer
http://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDetail.htm
FastStone Image Viewer is a fast, stable, user-friendly image browser, converter and editor. It has a nice array of features that include image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping and color adjustments.

Inkscape
http://inkscape.org/
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.

PhotoFiltre
http://photofiltre.free.fr/frames_en.htm
PhotoFiltre is a complete image retouching program. It allows you to do simple or advanced adjustments to an image and apply a vast range of filters on it.
Direct link to unlimted use free version: Click Here

PhotoPlus
PhotoPlus Starter Edition is the amazing free digital photo editing software from Serif. This version is 100% free.
http://www.serif.com/free-photo-editing-software/php-se.asp

Free Textures:

Image*After
http://imageafter.com/index.php
A wonderful resource for Stock photos and textures.

CG Textures
http://www.cgtextures.com
Great resource library of textures for private or commercial use, wse in 2D or 3D computer graphics, movies and printed media, incorporation in computer games, 3D models, selling 3D models bundled with modified versions of the textures, when the texture is customized for the 3D model. Please make sure you read the license restrictions.

Texture King
http://www.textureking.com/
Free high resolution, high quality textures for personal and commercial use.

Nature Textures
http://www.anniemation.com/textures/texture_overview.html
Some beautiful nature textures from content developer anniemation.

Plain Textures
http://plaintextures.com/
Free textures, background pictures and photos in high resolution.

Fonts:

Simply the Best Free Fonts
http://simplythebest.net/fonts/
Most fonts are freeware and as such free to use for webmasters and hobbyists. If you wish to use them commercially, you may have to register them first. Make sure to see if the font is freeware (for both personal and commercial use) or commercial (i.e. you have to always purchase it to use it).

Lessons & Tutorials:

YURdigital Art Software Tutorials.

Become a 3D Art Professional (eBook)
http://www.purezenergy.net/bryan-brandenburg/Become_A_3D_Art_Professional.pdf/
A fantastic eBook by on all aspects of becoming a 3D art professional by Bryan Brandenburg. A MUST read!

Drawspace
http://www.drawspace.com/
Drawspace offers downloadable and printable drawing lessons featuring Brenda Hoddinott's unique and highly acclaimed style of teaching. Brenda is the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Drawing People, and Drawing for Dummies.

Damage Inc. 3D
http://damageinc3d.net/Tutorials.htm
Tutorials for Bryce: image Maps, Photoshop: Painting Jewels, Shadows, painting feathers, painting hair, Poser: Pose Library Setup, Morphing, Using Displacement, Packing Archives, Silo: reversing normals, UV Mapper: Mapping a Dagger, Splitting Vertices, Lowering Megabyte Size.

Art Contests:

The Art List
The Art World's Source for Art Contests, Art Competitions, and Opportunities For Visual Artists and Photographers. Search The Largest Listing Of Art & Photo Calls Online!

Video Editing:

Video Editing List
http://tv.isg.si/site/?q=node/873
Free video editing software list for all platforms.

Avidemux
http://avidemux.sourceforge.net
Avidemux is a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. It supports many file types, including AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF, using a variety of codecs.

Free Photos:

morgueFile
http://www.morguefile.com/
Free images for your inspiration, reference and use in your creative work, be it commercial or not!

Stock Footage:

pond5
http://www.pond5.com
Free stock video footage, sound effects, music and after effects projects.

Web Design:

Nvu
http://www.net2.com/nvu
Free Web Authoring Software

PDFCreator
http://sourceforge.net
PDFCreator easily creates PDFs from any Windows program. Use it like a printer in Word, StarCalc or any other Windows application.