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Questions about software of which the source code is available to the general public for use and/or modification.

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How can graphic designers contribute to Open Source projects?

I want to participate in Open Source projects, but I cannot code (that well. Or.. at all). I would love to contribute to GitHub projects, but as a designer I'm not sure what's the best way to do ...
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What are good sources for Open-Source fonts?

What are good sources for Open-Source fonts? Note that by "Open-Source" I don't mean only free, but truly "open, free to modify and published under an Open Source license" fonts. These are still very ...
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Professionals: Would you choose GIMP over Photoshop and/or Inkscape over Illustrator?

I know Adobe's solutions are more advanced, but, as professionals, do you think you would survive (against competition) using GIMP and/or Inkscape instead of Photoshop and/or Illustrator for your ...
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Is it possible to use a fully open source workflow for print design?

Is it possible to use only open-source tools in order to produce professional level artwork? Has anyone actually done it? If not, where are the current gaps? Assume I'm producing a small multi-page ...
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What free/open source image design programs can you recommend?

Are there any free/ open source image designing programs that you can recommend?
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Open source software capable of open Sketch files

I have received several .sketch files from a graphic designer. I assume these files were created by SketchApp, which is a propietary software. Since I don't need to edit the files, but merely review ...
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How to find open source alternatives to commercial fonts?

What is the best way to find an open source alternative to a commercial font? I was thinking as some service as alternativeto.net or a whatthefont.com that would spit out fonts that are similar to the ...
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Is there a standard font format that is considered best practice when creating an open source/free font?

If I want to venture into the world of typeface design, I of course would prefer to use the proper font file format. I'm wondering if there exists an industry standard for this, as well as whether ...
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Motivations for a designer to get involved in an open source project

I am part of Silex Labs non profit organization, and one of our mission is to bridge the gap between designers and developers. An important question is how to motivate designers to get involved in ...
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Is there a (free/open source) black and white emoji font?

I wonder if there is a free black and white emoji font out there. All of the ones I have seen are in full color, but there are the two Unicode glyphs ☺, ☻, that's all I have seen.
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FOSS Font editing or creation tools for windows

What are the best free or open source font editing/creation tools available for free on the Windows platform?
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Typefaces with specific legibility characteristics & licensing

Are there any typefaces possessing all of the following characteristics? Vox-ATypI classical, modern, or glyphic I, l and 1 mutually distinct & identifiable without reference to each other rn and ...
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Libre font databases with fine-grained faceted search

I'm having difficulty finding suitable libre typefaces. Some sites, like Google Fonts, provide a small amount of faceted searching (or search filtering, if you prefer), but I haven't found any sites ...
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Is it possible to use only Open Source Software for industry level graphic design?

I know there are some questions similar to this, like this from 2012 and this from 2011, but I think maybe something has changed in this 4 years, since software develop so quick now. Is it possible ...
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Submitting logo to Github project

I want to give a logo to an open-source Github project. I can use git, but I don't know the etiquette of pushing stuff. Especially if it's not code. Also, what licenses are possible? Where can I give ...
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How to draw 3 overlapping circles with different colors?

Is there a free software to draw following in ubuntu? How to color the overlap zone? I am not able to figure this out in GIMP.
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Graphic design courses under a Creative Commons license?

I'm an amateur graphic designer, with a decent head for theory, and intermediate skills. I would like to run a graphic design course for my friends, but I would prefer not to spend months on ...
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Client requesting source files to all design drafts and to all versions throughout the process

I started logo and packaging design a year ago. The client warned me they would be complicated and would demand many changes - however, I believed with my skills (and love for the product) we would ...
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An opensource equivalent to Photoshop that has Lasso and Warp tools?

Using Photoshop, I can edit the image by using the lasso tool and warp tool, but Photoshop is not open source, I need an open source software to edit the image by using the same tools. I tried GIMP ...
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License for logo of an open source (GPL) project

If you were to design the identity of a software project that is released as Free Open Source Software (FOSS), let's say under the GPL licence, including the identity, graphics, logo, etc., can it be ...
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Open Source software for 2D graphic animation like this:

Can someone suggest me a good software of graphic 2D animation, for animating images, and also a software for insert some more or less static text during a video? I'll post an example of my animation ...
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How to simulate weather conditions over a group of images

I'm working on a machine vision project and work with a sequence of recorded stock images to test my algorithms with. They are city images that were recorded in relatively good weather conditions. Now ...
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Software or a tool in a software that calculates 75% darker/lighter color of a given color?

I am using Inkscape for vector and Gimp for raster graphics. They are quite powerful though open-source. Can somebody recommend me if there is open-source software like Inkscape or Gimp or maybe a ...
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Tools for Brainstorming/Mind-Mapping Ideas

I'm looking for a list of mind-map/brainstorming software that are easy to use, intuitive and practically applicable across a wide range of projects. Thus far I have been using IHMC CmapTools ...
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Is there a collection of basic open source web templates I can use and customize for my projects?

What are some flexible, open-source, free/public-domain templates I can use that are easy to customize with my text, a logo and a color scheme? Plain-old HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript (no Coffescript, ...
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Reserved Font Names for SIL/OFL & Registering/Trademarking Commercial Fonts

In the last few years I've shifted the focus of my design career from marketing and advertising to typography: everything from custom lettering and logotypes for in branding to entire font families ...
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Is there alternate open source font for Chevin Light and Chevin Bold?

I am working on XSLT and I have to find an open source Font which might be similar to Chevin Light as well as for Chevin Bold. I am searching manually for two days but I am not getting any closer to ...
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What are some free software packages for producing attractive scientific plots?

The plotting capabilities of MATLAB leave much to be desired. Right now the python matplotlib library has my attention, but I wanted to ask those of you on Graphic Design if you had any other ...
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How do I change the background of a bitmap from white to grey in Inkscape (or other open source photo editor)

Here is a nice picture of a 4-d hypercube "sliced" into 3d and then projected onto the 2d plane. Unfortunately its background is white and I'd like to use it on a 10% grey background: How can ...
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Open source programs to apply vector designs into mockups?

I create mostly logo designs using Inkscape on Linux but I cannot find a way to mockup my designs with an open source software. Are there any open source programs to apply vector (or raster) designs ...
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Open web font that is somewhere between Roboto and Ubuntu

At my company, we are doing some rebranding and are having some trouble deciding on a font. We want to use a sans-serif, open web font, so we don't have to worry about licensing issues, and would like ...
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Free/libre equivalent fonts for a cover

I'm working on a book cover for a translated book. I want to keep the style of the original book, but I'd also like to use free/libre fonts if possible. Using the original fonts, this is what it ...
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Open source software - create short avi - random words, changing text characters

Is there an open source software package I can use to create a short video, like the one in this link? https://www.akamai.com/uk/en/multimedia/videos/unified-security-header-video-v3.mp4 The video ...
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Software to create exhibition booths/stall/display

I want to make an exhibition display for my client something like this: https://au.pinterest.com/pin/528398968749801577/ I am new to the design world and don't know where to start from. Now, I ...
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Free and paid architecture drawing software [closed]

What software is useful for designing buildings with accurate measurements? I originally trained with AutoCAD a long time ago but haven't needed to use any modelling softwares since, I'm wondering if ...
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Is attribution required while using a Google Font as a piece of art or in video?

I let all fonts I used to use when I found there was free and paid between them and the files were mixed. I started from zero to find a clear resource and I found google fonts. Then I was shocked with ...
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How do I edit the metrics for a specific character in a font?

Specifically, I want to modify two fonts so that the metrics for the space character (ASCII 32) in one font match the metrics of the other font. Linux or Mac open source solutions preferred.
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What are the tool kits used for making designs like those on dribble

I saw some jaw-dropping designs at Dribble and Behance. Can someone give the idea about tool kits required to make such beautiful things ? Are there actually competitive free alternatives available ?...
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Free Tool to create Social Media Graphics for Websites and Landing Pages? [duplicate]

I am searching a free tool to create Landing Page Buttons, cool designs, social media call-to-action tools, graphics like below - for beginners. I have it difficult finding free tools. Could you ...
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Free alternative to Brush Script

Is there an alternative to Brush Script which looks similar but is available under a FOSS license?
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Is there a way to import an SWF file into illustrator without using Flash?

What I want is to import an SWF file into Illustrator. I prefer doing that with an exchange open source tool, if there is.
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Need to resize multiple image files [closed]

Looking for recommendations for a free or open-source application that can batch resize multiple image files (.jpg)
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How to check total ink coverage using open source tools?

Any open source tool to check total ink coverage in PDF files (vector artwork) ?
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Free silent movie card font

I am looking for a font that looks like it could come from a silent movie text card. I'd like to use this font in an open-source application, so the font itself needs to be open-source and free to ...