Open Source Vector Graphics Editor

There has long been an open source alternative to Adobe Photoshop.  That alternative is known as the GNU Image Manipulation Program, or GIMP.  Now, there is an open source alternative to vector graphics editors like Adobe Illustrator and CorelDRAW.  This alternative is Inkscape and it can be downloaded here.  Photoshop and GIMP are bitmap editors, while Illustrator, CorelDRAW, and Inkscape are vector graphics editors.

Vector graphics editors are often contrasted with bitmap editors and the capabilities of the two types of graphics editors complement each other. Vector editors are better for graphic design, page layout, typography, logos, sharp-edged artistic illustrations (e.g. cartoons, clip art, complex geometric patterns), technical illustrations, diagramming, and flowcharting. Bitmap editors are more suitable for retouching, photo processing, photorealistic illustrations, collage, and hand drawn illustrations using a pen tablet. Many contemporary illustrators use Corel Photo-Paint and Photoshop to make all kinds of illustrations. Recent versions of bitmap editors, such as GIMP and Photoshop, support vector-like tools (e.g., editable paths), and the vector editors such as CorelDRAW, Adobe Illustrator, Xara Xtreme, Adobe Fireworks, Inkscape, and SK1 are gradually adopting tools and approaches that were once limited to bitmap editors (e.g., blurring).

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