5 Fun and Free Web-Based CG Apps
Staff Writer By: Barbara Din
When it comes to computer graphics, there are so many deep, complex, important pieces of software that you have to buy, install, and study with a steep learning curve, that sometimes you just want to make something quick, something fun or just see something you didn't before, but without all the hassle.
Here you have five different choices for just those kind of moments:
Flame Painter Free is a unique paint program, a light version of Escape Motion's Flame Painter Pro, which I previously reviewed. With this online version you can make your own flame paintings and then save the image or share it to Facebook. When you change the background from black to white, the palette changes from additive to subtractive and the feeling of the painting is very different. Experiment with all brush parameters to get a feel for what you can make with this fun tool.
Rebelle is a natural media paint program with focus on real watercolors and acrylics.
The watercolor simulation is based on real world color mixing, blending, moistening and drying. You can paint, smear, wet already dried colors, blow them on the paper, tilt the paper to create water drops and get all these beautiful watercolor effects. You'll have a blast with this one. You can also read the review for the full Rebelle 2 program here.
Piskel is a free and open source online editor for animated sprites & pixel art. You can create animations in your browser with several useful tools, like straight lines and mirror modes, and onion skin for animation. You can see a live preview when you work, and you have several export modes, including GIF and PNG. Also, use Google sign in to access your private gallery.
Tinkercad is an easy, browser-based 3D design and modeling tool. Shapes are its basic building blocks, and any shape can add or remove material. You can also import or create your own shapes, and even import vector shapes, then extrude them into 3D models. Additionally, you can import external 3D files which become editable Tinkercad shapes. It's 3D printing ready and friendly, thanks to direct integration with third party printing services.
Lastly, Sculptfab is a simple tool that lets you sculpt 3D models in the browser. You can then publish them to Sketchfab.com or save them in .obj, .ply and .stl formats. You can also import models in the same format. It also allows you to use pressure sensitivity if you have a graphics tablet.
So there you have it. These are some fun tools that you can use freely anytime. Do you know any that would fall in this category and would like to share? Let me know in the comments below!
Barbara Din is a visual artist, graphic designer, painter, interior designer, crafter, musician and writer living in Argentina. Learn more about Barbara and her work at the following links: