"If I told you Linux offered graphics programs that are as
good as those you'd find for the Macintosh or Windows OS, you might
wonder what I'd eaten for breakfast. Well, fasten your seat belt.
We're going to take a quick drive-by look at some packages that
might surprise you. These impressive Linux graphics programs, being
open source, are free and are improving with each
"The poster child of open-source graphics programs is the GIMP
(the GNU Image Manipulation Program). The GIMP is sophisticated,
powerful, and frequently compared to Adobe Photoshop. It offers
layers, color channels, transformation tools, "intelligent"
scissors, blending modes, masking, filters, text effects, plug-ins,
and its own scripting language, Script-Fu. Oh yeah, and it does
"Need a 2D CAD tool? Try out QCad, a newly released program that
is free for non-commercial use. It is based on the Qt libraries
(used for creating KDE), and it reads and saves in DXF format (used
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