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Forum topic by kolwdwrkr posted 06-23-2009 01:52 AM 1062 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-23-2009 01:52 AM

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This isn’t woodworking related but I figure there’s enough computer guys here to answer my question. I’m wondering if there is any free design software available that would allow me to do things like logos, manipulate words into circles and such, etc. I feel as though I am a decent designer when it comes to these types of things, but I don’t have the program to do it. So I attempt to draw things out, and it’s not that good. Any help is appreciated.

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#1 posted 06-23-2009 01:58 AM

Years ago when I was in college for Graphic Design we used a program called Sodi Podi. It was a very new program a couple Russians were making at the time I believe (our prof had met them in person and loved their ideas). It’s a freeware raster program (similar to photoshop but toned way down last I saw it). There was also a vector program (like Freehand/Illustrator) that was freeware but the name doesn’t come to mind, sorry.

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#2 posted 06-23-2009 02:13 AM

Development was stopped on SodiPodi a few years, the code was branched off into a new program called Inkscape that is under active development. It can be downloaded from I haven’t used it myself but it could be worth a look, it’s aim is to be a free program with all the features of Illustrator.

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#3 posted 06-23-2009 02:24 AM

there’s also GIMP, a freeware version of photoshop. Not sure how advanced thats become over the years, but it seems to me that Indesign/Photoshop/Illustrator have been moving towards each other in somewhat recent years.

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#4 posted 06-23-2009 02:56 AM

Inkscape. That’s right. I knew there was a second program we tinkered with.

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#5 posted 06-23-2009 05:43 AM

A couple of web sites for free graphic editor programs

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#6 posted 06-23-2009 11:50 AM

There is always the free GIMP linux one. Also for windows.

Or a free college made one

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#7 posted 06-23-2009 03:09 PM

Inkscape is definitely what you want for logos and manipulating text.

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