Maker Space Online: Open Source Design Software

Hi I'm Scott, Design Maker Space instructor at Ivanhoe Library and these are my top picks for design tools you can use at home.

All the software listed here is Open Source, which means that the original source code is available freely online for anyone to use. You'll never have to pay for this software and the development community is continually updating it for modern standards.

Comment if you'd like us to run live workshops on any of these as part of our Maker Space Online program. There are also many great tutorials available on

Photo Editing

Krita is a professional FREE and open source painting program. It is made by artists that want to see affordable art tools for everyone.

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An acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. GIMP has been around for a long time and often seen as a free alternative to professional software Photoshop.

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Graphic Design

A vector drawing program perfect for illustrations, graphics or website design. Inkscape can do a lot but it also comes with the learning curve to match. If you can master this software there's nothing you won't be able to design.

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SVG-edit is a fast, web-based, JavaScript-driven SVG drawing editor that works in any modern browser.


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Video Editing

Ever since Windows Vista I've been missing the simplicity of Windows Movie Maker. On Windows 10 there's nothing quite the same for ease of use, so I've turned to OpenShot for my video editing needs. A lot more feature filled than Movie Maker while keeping the simplicity.

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3D Modelling

Blender is the free and open source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, video editing and 2D animation pipeline.

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SculptGL is a fun digital sculpting tool that mimics clay. It's all web based so it'll run in your browser without having to install anything.

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An easy, intuitive tool to make 2D hand-drawn animations.

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