Web design tools
Free tools to help webmasters to build a website and improve its appearance and ease of use. Content management systems, themes and plugins for CMS are not included in this list.
HTML 5 editor of SVG images, online or on the desktop. Unlike Inkscape it is very simple to use. The editor does not save directly the vector drawings but instead displays the SVG code to cut and past in a text editor. Among other drawbacks, in the generated SVG code, the attributes are presented in any order, it changes from one vector to another, and a lot of attributes burden the code unnecessarily because they have the default value. Also a bug that the id that is given is not included in the generated code (as of version 2.8.1).
Another vector tool but allows to draw interactively. It is still in beta. (Win/Mac/Lin).
Online editor to draw diagrams, very intuitive. It has no more features than Inkscape or LibreOffice Draw, but is somewhat simpler and can be used anywhere, with a smartphone or a connected tablet. Lot of shapes are available. Was formerly named diagram.ly.
Logo Maker (On this site)
To create 3D titles, online tool on this site.
It is also possible to create embossed logos with the Script-Fu menu of Gimp, or like in this page with SVG code inserted into the HTML code. See the XML folder in this site.
Wordle: Tag Cloud
This online service generates a tag cloud from a URL, by analyzing the keywords contained on the site! Useful in SEO to know the semantics of a topic, it is also a mean, by creating an image from a sentence, to illustrate a page quickly...
CSS 3 Maker
Generator for CSS 3 style of various attributes.
Drawing or generating images
MyPaint, Krita, Paint.NET are designed to replace the easel and the palette. The image at right is a screen capture of Krita.
A simple way to enrich a web page: Turn photos into drawings with one click (Line artopia effect). To do this you have just to load or share a photo for an instant processing! You can also make a HDR.
Your videos may be converted to cartoons too.
Free and open source 2D vector animations editor, like Flash. The animations are not made up of frames, but instead transforms object by morphing, or cut-out which is to create objects composed of elements that can be animated individually.
Can import SVG files, and export to SVG, with limitations. Generates also AVI files which can be displayed in the <video> tag.
To paint anywhere, without a trestel, a free online tool built in HTML 5 with basic functions but a lot of filters.
Less well finished than the previous one, but it is more user friendly. Based on HTML 5.
- With Inkscape it is possible to create designs for a web page. This tutorial on drawing a helicopter shows how. The principle can be extended to any other object, with the advantage of vectors: one can easily change the image for reuse. Inkscape also draw logos in SVG.
Simplistic comic editor in HTML. The idea is to modify predefined objects. The editor requires Chrome.
Image processing, does not allow drawing but various improvements on existing photos such as morphological operations.
Tools to make these small images.
Alternative to Lightroom of Photoshop, but for Linux, features to manage a stock of photos and make manipulations in the rendering.
Free set of image manipulation tools by Google. Popular among professional photographers, it provides improvements such as HDR and a lot of filters. (Win/Mac)
From Pixar, rendering tool now free for non commercial use. Revenues such as ads on Youtube do not qualify as commercial.
(Windows, Linux, Mac.)
Completely free alternative to Renderman, but in the browser.
Browser Turns Editor
Plugin for Firefow that edits a web page directly useful for the development and arrangement of elements.
- Measure it
Displays a ruler to help position elements.
Diagram editor and GUI prototyping.
Online service to compress PNG images like JPG while keeping transparency. The resulting image is still in PNG format. If you prefer to use a local program, there is pngnq or PNG Quant, which also has a graphical interface on Windows and can achieve a significant reduction in size.
Interactively test a style sheet and HTML code. Made with Ace editor and Firebase.
- Browsershot. Viewing your pages on various browsers and operating systems
Images and templates