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The Libre Graphics Meeting is developed by, for and with multiple Libre Graphics projects. Here is a non-exhaustive list of the main projects involved:

  • prof. page layout
  • prof. publishing features
  • CMYK color
  • ICC color management
  • versatile PDF creation
  • available in more than 24 languages


Scribus is an open-source DTP application with a modern and user-friendly interface.

The program's main goal is to provide flexible layout and typesetting together with ability to prepare files for professional quality image setting equipment.

  • creating new images
  • CMYK, L*a*b and more colorspaces
  • 8-32-bit per-channel
  • support for natural painting tools
  • integration with KOffice


Krita – a program named with Swedish word denoting "pencil" or "chalk" – is a very promising bitmap graphics editor.

Designed to be both a painting application and a photo editor, it is free software distributed under GNU General Public License and a part of KDesktop Environment and its KOffice suite.

  • vector graphics editor
  • complex scripts
  • linked bitmap
  • "live" object copies
  • grouping objects
  • filter effects
  • masks and clipping paths


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.

Inkscape supports many advanced SVG features (markers, clones, alpha blending, etc.) and great care is taken in designing a streamlined interface. It is very easy to edit nodes, perform complex path operations, trace bitmaps and much more. We also aim to maintain a thriving user and developer community by using open, community-oriented development.

  • raster graphics editor
  • 150 standard effects and filters
  • converting between different formats
  • layers, selections, paths
  • painting


GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc.

GIMP is expandable and extensible. It is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything. The advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest task to the most complex image manipulation procedures to be easily scripted.

  • modeling
  • UV unwrapping
  • texturing, rigging, skinning
  • animating, rendering
  • particle and other simulating
  • non-linear editing


Blender is a free/open 3D animation program that can be used for modeling, UV unwrapping, texturing, rigging, skinning, animating, rendering, particle and other simulating, non-linear editing, compositing, and creating interactive 3D applications.

The most noticeable examples of Blender employment were probably Spider-Man 2 movie and Elephant Dreams -- world's first "open movie".

Completing the graphics environment

A complete free graphics environment results from dozens of other projects for mananging fonts, colors, PDFs, cliparts, and lot more...


We catalyze communication and sharing between Free and Open Source creative software communities like Inkscape, Gimp, Scribus, Open Clip Art library, Open Font Library and more. We do Libre Graphics Meeting and share Specifications.

Join our Mailing List, use the Wiki, or chat at #create on


Fontmatrix is a free/libre font manager for GNU/Linux, Windows and OS X.

It allows its users to find, choose and classify fonts according to the characteristics of the project they have in mind, to enable and disable fonts on the fly, and to pack the font files to easily distribute them.

Further functionalities include a Panose widget, a font extractor, or a glyph comparison widget.

  • Output in many formats
  • Non destructive editing
  • C, C#, Python and Ruby interfaces
  • XML serialization format (not-finalized)
  • Iterative processing


GEGL (Generic Graphics Library) is a graph based image processing framework.

GEGL's original design was made to scratch GIMP's itches for a new compositing and processing core. This core is being designed to have minimal dependencies. and a simple well defined API.

  • image stitching and warping
  • photometric calibration
  • lens distorsion correction
  • HDR deghosting and merging
  • flexible tonemapping


With hugin you can assemble a mosaic of photographs into a complete immersive panorama, stitch any series of overlapping pictures and much more.

Open Clip Art Library

This project aims to create an archive of clip art that can be used for free for any use. There are over 12,000 clips from more than 700 artists available for download. The Open Clip Art Library uses open standard SVG files for vector format files and places all content into the public domain.

The Open Clip Art Library is transitioning to the Creative Commons sponsored Open Source project, cHost , to host content and implement ideas of the community over the last couple of years. Of specific importance at this conference is to meet with developers, coordinate with other projects, and get some time with the community for hacking.

  • Find fine fonts
  • Share your typefaces
  • Learn how to make fonts
  • Start using @font-face

Open Font Library

Typefaces we can all share. The Open Font Library is a sister project of the Open Clip Art Library. The goal of this project is to collect free software fonts - those that may be used, changed and shared freely.


Oyranos is an operating system level Colour Management System (CMS). It allows applications and users to obtain a consistent colour match from supporting applications and workflows.

Oyranos is intented to coordinate device specific informations (ICC colour profiles), configure their system wide settings. Oyranos will in the future be able to convert colours across devices on various platforms.

  • Intuitive GTK+ interface
  • Reads all dcraw supported formats
  • Color management using Little CMS
  • Batch processing
  • Various post-shot controls
  • Real time preview in full resolution


Rawstudio is an open-source program to read and manipulate RAW images from most digital cameras.

Rawstudio will convert your RAW files into JPEG, PNG or TIF images which you can then print or send to friends and clients.

It has a graphical user interface, so you can simply open a RAW file and experiment with the controls to see how they effect the image. Rawstudio has a very simple architecture which is optimized for ease of use and therefore should be intuitive to most photographers.

  • CMYK colorspace support
  • CMYK support in Postscript
  • Cairo-based engine
  • Color management
  • Universal CDR importer
  • Modern Gtk based user interface


sK1 is an open source vector graphics editor similar to CorelDRAW, Adobe Illustrator, or Freehand. First of all sK1 is oriented for PostScript processing.

UniConvertor is a universal vector graphics translator. It uses sK1 engine to convert one format to another. Development of the import/export modules for this program goes through different stages, quality and feature coverage are different among formats.


Swatchbooker is a swatch book viewer, convertor and editor.

It currently reads color swatches from Adobe aco, QuarkXpress qcl or Scribux xml among more than a dozen other formats.

Swatchbooker is able to write in the Adobe ase, Gimp gpl, HTML, soc and Scribus xml formats.


The Tango Desktop Project exists to help create a consistent graphical user interface experience for free and Open Source software.

While the look and feel of an application is determined by many individual components, some organization is necessary in order to unify the appearance and structure of individual icon sets used within those components.

The Tango Desktop Project defines an icon style guideline to which artists and designers can adhere. A sample implementation of the style is available as an icon theme based upon a standardized icon naming specification. In addition, the project provides transitional utilities to assist in creating icon themes for existing desktop environments, such as GNOME and KDE.


digiKam is an advanced digital photo management application for Linux, Windows, and Mac-OSX.

The people who inspired digiKam's design are the photographers like you who want to view, manage, edit, enhance, organize, tag, and share photographs under Linux systems.


Phatch is a user-friendly, cross-platform Photo Batch Processor and Exif Renamer with a nice graphical user interface.

Phatch handles all popular image formats and can duplicate (sub)folder hierarchies. Phatch can batch resize, rotate, apply shadows, perspective, rounded corners... and do much more actions in minutes instead of hours or days if you do it manually.


A pdf magazine/art book for the open source scene. It contains only pictures made with free (not freeware!) software like Xara, Glips, Krita, K-3D, 3D Canvas, Gogh; most of it are made in Inkscape, Gimp or Blender. The magazine itself is made with Scribus.

Luminance HDR

Luminance HDR (previously known as Qtpfsgui) is an open source graphical user interface application that aims to provide a workflow for HDR imaging (High Dynamic Range imaging).

Libre Graphics World

News ticker and in-depth articles about the libre graphics world.


MyPaint is a fast and easy open-source graphics application for digital painters. It lets you focus on the art instead of the program. You work on your canvas with minimum distractions, bringing up the interface only when you need it.

Last edited on 01/25/2010 11:52:13