Graphics Software Online

Joe Vains
toucanEveryone obviously knows that the monsters of the graphics are Photoshop & Illustrator. Except that everyone, not 2000 dollars to spend (invest) in CS4 at Adobe. What are we left there, then? On the one hand, many free software are proven and can claim to be competitive with giants. There is first of all Gimp , which is similar to Photoshop. While there is little or multi-layer management, image adjustments, filters … As for Illustrator, we Inkscape , free and also almost equivalent.

That’s for free. But then … Recently, a new trend: the applications and online storage . No need to install anything on your PC, if not a good browser. All the applications you need to create are available online, free, powerful and … Whether to retouch or manipulate files, work with vector files, choose complementary colors in order to create a visual identity … In short, here is the list (not exhaustive) apps that will reconcile with your bank …


First, in the field of image editing, excellent Splashup (former Fauxto) arises as a leader. A Photoshop-like done in Flash. Everything is almost. The interface is “modeled” (I love my humor …) on the master in the field, we find the Layers palettes organized the same way. The ability to add effects to these layers by clicking in the bottom of the palette. In short, it’s the same level ergonomics. There is a little less choice.Otherwise, there is also the possibility to apply filters, the minimum is present but it is quite the road … Also, you can easily work with files from Flickr, Facebook, Picasa … 
To get there, you will need Register (free, of course) to have an account in your name.

In terms of imaging software, offers an online suite squarely bringing sweet bird names:Raven , Phoenix , Toucan and Peacock . 
First, you must create an account to access the full suite … 
Then, once your account is created, you will have access, first to an image editor, Phoenix , unless pushed maybe Splashup, but fast and effective for minor corrections. 
Second, a vector graphics editor, Raven , who in the absence of competitors worthy of the name, you will create beautiful vector illustrations. 
Third, Peacock , a “visual laboratory”, which will give you the ability to add effects and special effects to your image files surprising. 
Finally, Toucan , a utility to find complementary colors in order to create a logo or a charter, for example.

Exactly … choose colors, this is one of the most important phases. 
For that there are also dedicated online applications.

Adobe Kuler
This is the best known, you probably understand why … Kuler allows you to determine consistent colors, depending on the work you have to do. Then you can export your chart ASE format (compatible with Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop), or even share it online with other members of Adobe Kuler. free registration is required.


In the same vein, ColorJack is an excellent application on-line and free, also. Little more for Macintosh users, a widget can be placed in the dashboard, to access a port offline application. You can, similarly, export your swatches for most graphics applications.


Graphics Software Online


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