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2D Graphic and Animation Applications


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

  • Homepage:
  • License: GNU-GPL
  • Operating systems: "Available for Windows, Linux, Sun Solaris, FreeBSD or Mac OS X."
  • Plugins: already comes with a great variety of scripts and the library can be extended with your own C, Perl, Python, or Script-Fu (Scheme) plug-ins. They are either hosted or linked on Plugin repository, which is well beyond 20000 entries and growing - so use search and tags.
    • DDS (see below). normalmap - create RGB normalmaps. Texturize - create large and natural textures from a small sample. And/or Resynthesizer - produce a larger version of a texture, make an image tilable, remove unwanted features, apply themes to images. Some Linux repositories provide these four.
    • Seamless texture maker - a little script making just about any image tileable without too obvious stitches or blur.
  • Extras: For brushes, etc see Links:Resources.


This is a plugin for GIMP version 2.x. It allows you to load and save images in DirectDraw Surface (DDS) format.

GIMP - Cubemap Layers Generator

This script will automatically create, crop, reposition and rename all layers needed to save a cubemap with the GIMP DDS plug-in from a regular skybox image of choice.

GIMP - Cubemap Plug-In

This is a plugin for GIMP 2.8; it allows you to extract and merge cubemaps.

GIMP - Low Frequency Even

This plugin removes low frequency brightness and color differences from image. It's dedicated for creating textures for computer graphic from photos. But it should be usefull for other purposes too. Evening out lighting also greatly improves tileability of textures.

GIMP - Seamless texture maker

In two clicks you can create seamless texture from image.


"INKSCAPE is a Linux & Windows vector graphics editor (SVG format) featuring transparency, gradients, node editing, pattern fills, PNG export, and more. Aiming for capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, Visio, etc."

  • Homepage:
  • License: GNU -GPL
  • Operating systems: "All 32-bit MS Windows (95/98/NT/2000/XP), All POSIX (Linux/BSD/UNIX-like OSes), Linux, OS X"
  • Extras: If you need any, try on Plugin Top.


LunarCell is a Photoshop compatible plugin that allows you to create instant planets. Create fractal, reality-based, or just strange worlds in seconds. It includes real clouds downloaded from weather satellites and comes with dozens of presets, and you can design your own planets too. LunarCell also generates maps for 3D animation, fantasy mapmaking, and QuickTime 5 cubic VR.


Free program for making space skyboxes.


"Mandelbulber is an experimental application that helps to make rendering 3D Mandelbrot fractals much more accessible. A few of the supported 3D fractals: Mandelbulb, Mandelbox, BulbBox, JuliaBulb, Menger Sponge, Quaternion, Trigonometric, Hypercomplex, and Iterated Function Systems (IFS). All of these can be combined into infinite variations with the ability to hybridize different formulas together." Look into some of Links:Resources#Miscelanneous those galleries for examples - while it generates static images, these can be useful both as is, and as a reference/inspiration source.

  • Homepage: (also available via some Linux repositories)
  • License: GNU-GPL
  • Operating systems: "32-bit and 64-bit for Windows, Linux, and Mac (Intel & PPC)"

2D Graphic Converters

nVidia Texture Tools

Tools (nvcompress, nvddsinfo, ...) for manipulating graphic files and optimize them for the graphic card.


Application to generate normal, ambient occlusion, parallax displacement, and relief maps.

Image Viewers

  • IrfanView (freeware for Windows) supports the DDS image file format. You may want to add the string "|IMAGE|TEXTURE" at the end of the option "Load custom file types" under "Options/Set file associations" for smooth browsing of VS image and texture files.
  • KDE's image libraries (version >= 3.3.0) support reading the DDS file format, so e.g. gwenview, kview and konqueror can view texture files.
  • XnView is a multiplatform - Windows, Linux (also available via GetDeb repository), Mac OS - viewer/browser/convertor. Has a lot of useful side functions: it can bookmarks library, pre-cache, toggle alpha channel in preview and thumbnail with a simple key combo, read DDS files "as is" and batch rename or convert formats with two clicks.

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