Graphics editors and related tools for Web designers.

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Bitmap graphics editors

Adobe Photoshop
This is the mother of all graphics editors. Its power is undisputed. Unfortunately, it's also rather expensive and tough to learn. Use Photoshop if you're already familiar with it.

Paint Shop Pro
This is one of the most popular graphics editors in the world, due in large part to its magical combination of low price and powerful features.

Corel PhotoImpact (formerly Ulead PhotoImpact)
This graphics editor is the best balance between depth, ease of use and price. PhotoImpact is an all-in-one solution for Web page design, Web graphics and image editing. It offers features usually found only in programs costing 5-8 times as much...

  • Edit images and create complete Web pages.
  • Full array of imaging and painting tools.
  • Vector 2-D and 3-D graphics.
  • Over 60 exclusive special effects and filters.
  • Visual Web page layout and one-click HTML output.

Whether you want to edit photos and put them online or create original Web graphics and animations, this economically priced package offers an appealing mix of power, with an interface that's truly easy to use.

Vector graphics editors

Adobe Illustrator
This graphics editor is the professional solution for designers publishing for print and Web, offering sophisticated illustration tools, time-saving productivity features, and tight integration with other Adobe Web publishing software, including Flash.

Adobe Flash (formerly Macromedia Flash)
This is the key to designing and delivering low-bandwidth animations, presentations, and websites. Integration between Dreamweaver and Flash enables users to easily integrate vector animations, MP3 audio, and interactivity to produce high-impact, engaging Web pages.

Xara Xtreme
This program comes complete with everything you need to create both print and Web graphics. Xara Xtreme is fast, powerful, and features a clean, simple interface that makes it great for new users, and design power and flexibility that's great for professionals.

Web graphics editors

If you find creating your own graphics with a universal editor to be too daunting, or if you want to save time and avoid the technical stuff, you can use specialized Web graphics tools that make creating professional-looking banners, buttons, fancy text, navigation menus, logos incredibly fast and easy. Here are some of them...

CoffeeCup Firestarter
The easiest way to add Flash animations and effects to your website.

ZPaint
This editor lets you easily paint colored and textured 3D objects like buttons, rings, boxes, or add those effects to existing graphics.

Free graphics editors

GIMP
This is a free graphics editor with many of the features of a professional product. You can edit images fom a variety of formats, create images for websites, adjust colors in photos, apply filters, rotations and transformations, blur and sharpen images, use frames from videos, and more.


See also...

Building: Web Graphics: Banners
Creating your own banners from scratch or by using free Web banner generators.

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