$10.00
Canada
Abby
BC West Coast
flag msg tools
publisher
mbmbmbmbmb
Note! I have coallated the thread's collected links into this one post: April 15/09


Freeware Graphics Programs:

Gimp 2.6: www.gimp.org

Inkscape: www.inkscape.org

OpenOffice Draw: http://www.openoffice.org/

Paint.net: http://www.getpaint.net/

Pixen (Mac): http://opensword.org/Pixen/

Blender: http://www.blender.org/

SketchUp: http://sketchup.google.com/download/gsu.html

Aviary: http://aviary.com/faq

Artweaver: http://www.artweaver.de/

Sculptris: http://www.sculptris.com/


Please post other links particularly free clipart and fonts that designers can use along with ANY other helpful graphics tools.

My thanks for the links above from the helpful replies in my 'Freeware graphics programs' thread.


Fonts:

http://www.acidfonts.com Is another great place to check for fonts

http://neatfonts.com Great for free fonts

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/396013 Font ID

http://www.dafont.com Is a free font site. You need to sift through these b/c some of them are just bad type, but there is a lot

PDF Tools:

PDF Creator

http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator/ Allows you to turn any output into a PDF simply by "printing" it. Essentially, any program that prints can produce a PDF so it's a pretty universal means to do it. Also its very small system-wise and file-size so I strongly suggest this over individual add-on methods.

SomePDF

http://download.cnet.com/Some-PDF-Image-Extract/3000-2079_4-... Allows you to convert any PDF file into an image file - great if you want to use something in a PDF somewhere else.

HTML to PDF Website

http://html-pdf-converter.com/ Simply put a URL link into the provided space and it generates a PDF file of the website - Simple.

Miscellaneous:

To create cards for prototypes (or even final products, if you want to spend some time designing new templates) that look zillion times better than blank cards with titles written in 'Comic Sans' font: http://magicseteditor.sourceforge.net/

Resizing program: http://rsizr.com/about/about/

Turn bitmaps to vector: http://vectormagic.com/

Resizing program: Easy Thumbnails - http://www.fookes.com/ezthumbs/

Image viewer (also does some graphics operations, and a very cool batch file conversion): http://www.irfanview.com/

Tons of free clipart: http://www.openclipart.org/

A quick screenshotter and sharing service: http://skitch.com/ - Mac only

OpenOffice ( http://www.openoffice.org) is also a free, easy way to make PDFs

http://www.povray.org/download/ Which is a free ray-tracer

This tool only does two things, it resizes an image and splits it into segments. http://cid-4425409b25896345.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Soft...

If you want to generate loverly landscapes you cant really do it easier than with Terragen: http://www.planetside.co.uk/terragen/

It allows you to see your work as someone who has red/green colorblindness, or even blue/yellow (a more limiting form): http://www.vischeck.com/vischeck/vischeckImage.php

There is also a free color-blind check effect for Inkscape: http://kaioa.com/node/91

To make animated gifs: http://download.cnet.com/Beneton-Movie-GIF/3000-2186_4-10566...

Here's a link to the Clipart thread. Lots of great stuff there:

http://www.boardgamegeeks.com/thread/390865
  • [+] Dice rolls
Robin Goodall
United Kingdom
Cambridge
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb

Resizing program: Easy Thumbnails - http://www.fookes.com/ezthumbs/
8 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
The Seal of Approval
Austria
Vienna
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Image viewer (also does some graphics operations, and a very cool batch file conversion): http://www.irfanview.com/
13 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Ryan Diel
United States
Missouri
flag msg tools
www.dafont.com is a free font site. You need to sift through these b/c some of them are just bad type, but there is a lot.
8 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Nathan Trimmer
United States
West Jefferson
Ohio
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
www.acidfonts.com is another great place to check for fonts.

-Nate
10 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Martin Pettersson
Sweden
Uppsala
flag msg tools
PROTEIN. WATER. LIQUOR.
mbmbmbmbmb
Tons of free clipart: http://www.openclipart.org/
10 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Scott Alden
United States
Dallas
Texas
flag msg tools
admin
Aldie's Full of Love!
mbmb
A quick screenshotter and sharing service.
http://skitch.com/ - Mac only

7 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
United States
White Settlement
TX
flag msg tools
Only 6 months until the next round.
badge
A little lower and to the left, please.
mbmb
7 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Matthew Eklund
United States
Tucson
Arizona
flag msg tools
designer
mbmbmbmbmb
Great stuff guys.

Thumbsies all around...
4 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Chevee Dodd
United States
Fairmont
West Virginia
flag msg tools
designer
publisher
mbmbmbmbmb
I've been playing with SketchUp lately for 3D stuff:

http://sketchup.google.com/download/gsu.html

And I've been using Blender for years:

http://www.blender.org/



Chevee
8 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
United States
White Settlement
TX
flag msg tools
Only 6 months until the next round.
badge
A little lower and to the left, please.
mbmb
I regret that I have but one thumb to give for this thread.
6 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
United States
Wurtsboro
NY
flag msg tools
admin
designer
mbmbmbmbmb
OpenOffice (http://www.openoffice.org) is also a free, easy way to make PDFs. You can create a document in Word (or their Word equivalent) then open it with OpenOffice, and under File choose "Convert to PDF". No need to pay for the full Adobe Acrobat.
7 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
F H
United Kingdom
UK
flag msg tools
designer
mbmbmbmbmb
I'd like to suggest you could include POV-Ray which is a free ray-tracer. Perhaps not good for counter work, but for cover work or boards where you need a big high quality image.

The great thing about this softare is that you produce images by writing text! This works for me because I'm no good at manipulating the 3D meshes that most other 3D software use.

Here's a sample from my etchings
, a couple more in my gallery.

8 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
F H
United Kingdom
UK
flag msg tools
designer
mbmbmbmbmb
Here's a tool I knocked up help me print out board images. This tool only does two things, it resizes an image and splits it into segments. So if you want to split a huge image into 4/8/12/32/any-number of parts this is the tool for you.

http://cid-4425409b25896345.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Soft...
8 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
F H
United Kingdom
UK
flag msg tools
designer
mbmbmbmbmb
If you want to generate loverly landscapes you cant really do it easier than with Terragen

http://www.planetside.co.uk/terragen/
6 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Luscious Dick Toronto
Greenland
Federal Way
Washington
flag msg tools
mbmb
Consider Colorblindness!
Every so often here on the Geek I see someone mention their colorblindness and how it affects gameplay.

So for those designers who might consider it, there is a free filter you can use in Photoshop:

http://www.vischeck.com/vischeck/vischeckImage.php

It allows you to see your work as someone who has red/green colorblindness, or even blue/yellow (a more limiting form).

Coloretto uses additional background textures to get past any limitations of color reliance.
9 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Pelle Nilsson
Sweden
Linköping
flag msg tools
designer
mbmbmbmbmb
GIMP includes a few different Color Deficient Vision display filters. They're in the View menu -> Display Filters.

There is also a free color-blind check effect for Inkscape: http://kaioa.com/node/91
5 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
United States
White Settlement
TX
flag msg tools
Only 6 months until the next round.
badge
A little lower and to the left, please.
mbmb
I thought I found this on this thread, but looking through it, I guess I didn't. So, let me submit: Beneton Movie Gif. This is the tool I ust to make animated gifs. You just draw each frame, put them in order, and set the delay time. A flip-book on steroids! There are also a lot of stock effects you can add from the program, itself. I haven't used it all, yet, but it's keeping me entertained so far!
4 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Mark Manning
United Kingdom
Dartford
Kent
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
PDF Tools

PDF Creator
http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator/ Allows you to turn any output into a PDF simply by "printing" it. Essentially, any program that prints can produce a PDF so it's a pretty universal means to do it. Also its very small system-wise and file-size so I strongly suggest this over individual add-on methods.

SomePDF
http://download.cnet.com/Some-PDF-Image-Extract/3000-2079_4-... Allows you to convert any PDF file into an image file - great if you want to use something in a PDF somewhere else.

HTML to PDF Website
http://html-pdf-converter.com/ Simply put a URL link into the provided space and it generates a PDF file of the website - Simple.
7 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Brad H.
United States
Crowley
Texas
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb

Pixen
http://opensword.org/Pixen/
Pixen is an innovative graphics editor for the Mac. Made for pixel pushers but it's great for artists of all arenas: Pixen is like a very powerful MSPaint or a simpler, more agile Photoshop.
6 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Canada
Abby
BC West Coast
flag msg tools
publisher
mbmbmbmbmb
Here's a link to the Clipart thread. Lots of great stuff there:

http://www.boardgamegeeks.com/thread/390865
5 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Miguel Sanhueza
United Kingdom
Brighton
East Sussex
flag msg tools
designer
mbmbmbmbmb
http://neatfonts.com/ is great for free fonts, and you can preview your own text in whatever font you like which is especially good if you're searching for just the right 'look' for a specific logo or slogan...
6 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
The Seal of Approval
Austria
Vienna
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Tools to find out which font is used in an image
5 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
United States
White Settlement
TX
flag msg tools
Only 6 months until the next round.
badge
A little lower and to the left, please.
mbmb

And I'll keep bumping it 'til it gets pinned
4 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
lotus dweller
Australia
Melbourne
Victoria
flag msg tools
drewdane wrote:

And I'll keep bumping it 'til it gets pinned :D

A geek messageg to admin Octavian worked for me.
2 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
1 , 2 , 3 , 4  Next »   | 
Front Page | Welcome | Contact | Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Advertise | Support BGG | Feeds RSS
Geekdo, BoardGameGeek, the Geekdo logo, and the BoardGameGeek logo are trademarks of BoardGameGeek, LLC.