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I am fortunate to find a lot of free drawing programs since I spend so much time on the internet. It really is an interesting place.

Today I want to share some free drawing software with you, so you can develop your computer abilities and have some artistic fun at the same time.

Free Drawing Program #1

PhotoFiltre

When you are learning to draw, it is fairly daunting when you come across the term "perspective" and what you need to know to portray it accurately.

There are a lot of books about perspective but I haven't found the right one for me yet.

Pelican Photo

So, if all else fails, we can always use grids to assist us along the way!

I want to draw this pelican and I'd like to use a grid to help me. I really enjoy using them, it's quite good fun and the results can be outstanding.

If you have a photo or picture saved to your computer that you wish to draw, "PhotoFiltre" is a free program that will place a grid over a picture for you. Then it's your choice, you can draw straight from the computer screen, or you can print the gridded picture.

You can download PhotoFiltre here and then follow the directions below.

Simple Photofiltre directions:

Once you install the program, double click on your Desktop PhotoFiltre icon.

The program will open up and you are presented with a blank canvas. To find a photo on your computer, Click on File (along the top), Click Open, and browse your files for the image you wish to experiment with.

Make sure you have the original photo saved before you do anything.

Once you select your photo, you can now see it displayed on the PhotoFiltre canvas.

Here's how to apply the grid to your photo:

  1. Click on Filter (along the top row, same as File/Edit etc).
  2. Go to the bottom of the displayed options, and select "Other".
  3. Further options become available, just select "Grid Generator".
PhotoFiltre Screen

I selected a Width of "2", and I selected "100 pixels" to get the size of squares that I wanted. I left all of the default areas checked as they were. You can select any color grid that you like, black is default.

Try out whatever selections suit you, and click "Preview". If you don't like it, click CANCEL and try again. Once you are satisfied with your grid, simply Click OK. Then, under "File", select "Save As", to save this new image to your computer.

PhotoFiltre is an image editing software. If you play around with it, it can do a lot more than just adding a grid to your pictures.

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Free Drawing Program #2

Irfanview

Click here to download Irfanview which I love a lot!

Irfanview Screen

This was my very first image program and it is so easy to learn and use.

Use Irfanview to reduce the size of your drawings or photos or add text over your images, really, there's heaps of things that you can do.

It's a good program to start with because it shows you the basics of image programs, with no huge learning curve. You can move on to more sophisticated programs when you are ready.

There are numerous sites with Irfanview tutorials, and each one shows different features. If you don't find your answers on that linked page, you only need to do a search for "Irfanview Tutorials" with your favorite Search Engine.

Once you download Irfanview, play with it for a while to become familiar with it.

For further assistance, there is also a Frequently Asked Questions page on their site.

Free Drawing Program #3

Paint.net
Paint.net Screen

Click here to get Paint.net for free and look to the right for the download link.

Again, this is an easy program to use once you get the hang of it and I use it frequently.

It's exciting to learn how to use all the features and it only takes a little bit of adventure on your part.

After you download it and you need some help, just scroll down on their home page to find links to tutorials and frequently asked questions.

Play with it and see what you can do!

Just because these are free drawing programs, it doesn't mean they aren't good quality. On the contrary, they pretty much do everything.

Free Drawing Program #4

Microsoft Paint
MS Paint Screen

Paint (formerly Paintbrush for Windows) is a simple graphics painting program that has been included with all versions of Microsoft Windows.

It is often referred to as MS Paint or Microsoft Paint.

To access it on your computer, click on "Start", -"All Programs", -"Accessories" and you will see "Paint" listed there.

My granddaughter loves this program, at 4 years old it kept her occupied for ages. She selects a brush and a color and she has a lovely time creating designs on the canvas. If you are ever stuck for ideas on what to do when you babysit, remember this program and have a lot of fun together.

All you do is click on the symbols on the left and then click as you move your cursor on the page. It'll show you what each icon (or symbol) does.

It's a good idea to practice with this before you decide to buy a drawing tablet.

Some of the other free drawing programs also have this facility.

Free Drawing Program #5

Gimp
Gimp Screen

I haven't had much time to play with this program, but it is very good and also popular.

If you want to download Gimp, look for the "Download" button, at the top of their page.

Here is the link to Gimp tutorials for beginners, intermediate and experts.

These tutorials will show you everything this program is capable of doing.

It really is remarkable and so awesome that it is free.

Free Drawing Program #6

Artweaver
Artweaver Screenshot

I have yet to use Artweaver but Michael (a regular visitor to this site) had some fun with it and urged us to try it out.

Michael used Artweaver to transform a pencil drawing into color on a piece entitled Country Sunday.

There is a free version and a paid version so when you visit the Artweaver website, click on the button to download Artweaver Free.

The free version will do most things so have fun playing with it.

In Appreciation

Thank you very much to all of the generous people who make these fantastic free drawing programs available to us.

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