The Best 6 Free Vector Graphics Editors

In computer graphics illustrations can be represented in two ways – using raster graphics or vector graphics. Vector graphic editor is used for creating and editing vectors, the illustration can be changed by editing screen objects which are then saved as modifications to the mathematical formula. Mathematical operators in the software can be used to stretch, twist, and color component objects in the image.

Some vector graphics editors can be quite expensive (such as Adobe Illustrator or CorelDraw ) but there are alternatives to paying for an application that creates vector illustrations for desktop publishing needs. Here we are going to take a look at six free graphics editors.

#1 Inkscape

I think this is the best and most powerful free vector editor in the world. Inkscape is an Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Adobe Illustrator, CorelDraw or XaraX, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. Inkscape is multi-platform software and runs on Mac OS X, Unix-like operating systems and MS Windows. It is a very advanced editor that can serve as a good alternative for well-known commercial vector graphic software’s. You can download this application for free from

#2 SK1

sK1 is an open source vector graphics editor similar to CorelDRAW, Adobe Illustrator, or Freehand. First of all sK1 is oriented for “prepress ready” PostScript & PDF output. This vector editor is very simple but it is only for Linux users. You can download this application for free here:

#3 XaraXtreme

Xara Xtreme is a 2D vector graphics editor created by the British software company Xara, which was acquired by German company MAGIX AG in 2007, and now operates as a wholly owned subsidiary. Xara Xtreme was originally developed for Microsoft Windows and the commercial version currently runs only on Windows. Versions up to 4.x can be run on Linux using Wine. Xara Xtreme is notable for its usability and fast renderer. This software is also notable for being among the first vector graphics program products to provide a fully anti-aliased display, advanced gradient fill, and transparency tools, features now common to many vector graphics editors. You can download XX from here:

#4 Skencil

Skencil, formerly called Sketch, is a free software vector graphics editor, released under the GNU Lesser General Public License. It has versions compatible with Linux on the i386, DEC Alpha, m68k, PowerPC and SPARC architectures, with FreeBSD, with Solaris, with IRIX64 6.4, and with AIX. Download link:

#5 Synfig

Synfig is a free and open-source 2D animation software, designed as powerful industrial-strength solution for creating film-quality animation using a vector and bitmap artwork. It eliminates the need to create animation frame-by frame, allowing you to produce 2D animation of a higher quality with fewer people and resources. Synfig Studio is available for Windows, Linux and MacOS X. Download from here:

#6 Open Office Draw Draw is part of the office suite. It features “connectors” between shapes, which are available in a range of line styles and facilitate building drawings such as flowchart. It also includes many features found in desktop publishing software.Released under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public Licence, Draw is free software. OOD is available for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, BSD, Unix. Download from here:

May.03, 2011/Graphic Design Tools, Showcases, Tools/Comments 1

One Comment to “The Best 6 Free Vector Graphics Editors”

  1. Vector Graphics | May 4th, 2011 at 09:20

    Very nice collection of vector graphic soft thanks