Top 5 Best Open Source Graphic Image Editors


As you all know here at Madras Geek, we have been covering lot of open source softwares grouping them into different categories. Previously we had wrote about two set of open source softwares.

I – Best Open Source Video Editing Softwares
II – Best Open Source Softwares for Developers and Designers.

Now we are here with another set of open source Graphic image editors. When it comes to image editing, we had covered alot of free image editing tools both desktop based stand alone applications and online image editing tools. I understand, Photoshop is the king of all image editing tools. But how many can afford to buy it ? So alternatively there are many equally powered image editors which comes with the source that helps you to add more of functionality.

Below are the best open source image editors :


GIMP is one of the popular open source image manipulation program with customizable interface and advanced photo retouching techniques.


Inkscape is a Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. It supports many advanced SVG features (markers, clones, alpha blending, etc.


Skencil is a Free Software interactive vector drawing appliction. It is a flexible and powerful tool for illustrations, diagrams and other purposes.


mtPaint is a painting program, where you can quickly transform image gamma, brightness, contrast, saturation, hue, posterize from a single dialog, and preview the results in real time. Apply various effects such as invert, greyscale, isometric transformations, edge detect, sharpen, unsharp mask, soften, Gaussian blur, emboss, bacteria.


FontForge is a font editor that lets you create your own postscript, truetype, opentype, cid-keyed, multi-master, cff, svg and bitmap (bdf, FON, NFNT) fonts, or edit existing ones.

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