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Starving Artist Software

Computer Art on the Cheap

Are you a budding computer artist?
Struggling with the "I ain't got NO budget" blues?

Here is a collection of amazingly powerful software.
Some are free, some are cheap -
all are fully functional, and professional level.



Please support the makers of this software who have toiled endless hours to bring you these amazing tools.
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"Donate to them... 
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                                                        -  Annette Flugenburghendorpf, 1917

FREE Software

Blender

The Blender Foundation
Mac / PC / Linux

2d/3d Animation
Video Editing
Game Creation

Fusion

Black Magic Video Design
Mac / PC

Video Editing
Video Effects
Color Correction

The GIMP

Gimp.org
Mac / PC / Linux

Paint
Image Editing
Image Effects

Mobirise

Mobirise.com
Mac / PC

Drag n Drop websites
for phone, tablet, or desktop computers.

This website was created in Mobirise

Natron

Mac / PC

After Effects - style
visual effects

Make Human

Mac / PC

Poser-ish

VPT 7.0

HC Hcjille
Mac / PC

Video Projection Tool
Projection Mapping
DMX / MIDI

Inkscape

Illustrator-ish
Mac / PC

FlXer

Video Projection DJ-Style
Mac / PC

Stykz

Stick Figure animation
Mac

QLC Plus

DMX lighting/show control
Mac / PC / Linux

Google Sketchup

3d Modeling
Simple to start with but very powerful
Mac / PC

Fire Alpaca

Drawing/Paint
Very Photoshop-ish
Excellent intro software
for new computer artists

MagicaVoxel

"Painting with Legos"

It's a paint program,
a 3d program, and
waaay fun

Tracktion 6

Full featured Digital Audio Workstation, Mac/PC
Can use popular VSTs.

Audacity

Excellent mutipurpose audio editor
Used for podcasts, music recording, audio editing/sweetening, phono/cassette>computer transfers, general recording.

Not Free,
But Amazing Values

Adobe Premiere
Elements

Adobe
Mac / PC

Slimmed down version of the iconic video editing software.

$99 -ish
Buy it once.

Wondershare Video Converter

Wondershare
Mac / PC

Convert all forms of video easily to common formats.  Fast, Easy. Deceptively powerful

$59 ???

Foto-Magico

Awesome slideshows super-easy
Mac
Essential tool for Public Eye Soar

$99 ???

Max7

Cycling 74
Mac / PC

Hyper-Powerful software creation.
Lego-ish visual approach to full featured software programming for Mac or PC
9.99 monthly subscription.
30 day free demo to explore

Corel Painter Essentials 5

Kick-butt paint program
$29

Hexels

2d Blocky Paint program
Very Cool
$38

Black Ink

Unique and expressive painting software
$59

Spriter

If you are a game programmer Spriter helps you create animated characters/pieces parts for your game
$59

Art Rage

Awesome natural painting feel, on a computer or tablet

Mac/PC/iOS/Android

Celtx

Fab-o scriptwriting software for Screen, TV, and web

Meshlab

Google has a highly exhaustive list of fonts compiled into its web font platform and Mobirise makes it easy for you to use them on your website easily and freely.

Unlimited Sites

Mobirise gives you the freedom to develop as many websites as you like given the fact that it is a desktop app.

Expensive ( and worth it )

Adobe Premiere

Mac / PC
The grandaddy of most video editing software. Used in thousands of editing houses worldwide

Adobe After Effects

Mac / PC
The Grandmaster of motion effects software. Work created in AE has been seen in countless movies and tv shows

Adobe Illustrator

Mac / PC
The standard for Illustration software for decades.

Ableton Live

Mac/PC
Extraordinary audio editing / live performance tool / audio workstation.
Name a famous DJ/EDM musician - Very good odds they use this as one of their tools.