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Does anyone know of easy to use free (or cheap) vector software? I'm looking for one where I can enlarge images for decals and cut a single (vector) image from a page of images and repeat it. I've tried Inkscape but even with the tutorials I had problems with it. I'm next to useless with this type of program so simpler would be better if anyone knows of one.

 

Thanks in advance for any help!

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I use Corel Draw for my vector images, have taught illustrator at the adult level and Corel Draw. However, finding a free or open source program is difficult and especially so since most vector graphic programs can have a steep learning curve. I would suggest you look at this list

 

http://www.junauza.com/2009/09/free-vector-graphics-editors.html

 

it may give you some options. As far as low cost, I can say that most of the xara programs I have worked with have been worth the price, and they do have some lower line vector programs.

 

 

best,

Pres

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There is a hump you need to pass with learning how to work path tools. I assume they are all similar as they have been across the software I have used.

 

Understanding how to add and edit points to get the shape you want is just a tool you need. I am sure some are easier than others but back when I was learning I remember it taking a few weeks messing around before I understood what I was doing. 

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I'm not well versed on what else is out there, but the software for Silhouette cutters is free to download and has a reasonable set of simple tools including tracing. I haven't used it alot as I still work in illustrator, but the interface is fairly simple and straightforward.

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I use Xara, which is good and not too expensive. In the past I've tried some of the open source tools, and they are all quite limited in what they do and not very user friendly to use.

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I have used (and taught) many vector based software, but for my own use I always come back to CorelDraw.  (Home user version about £100.00)  Sorry, but I wouldn't recommend any of the free ones that I've tried.

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If you have a program and aren't sure how to use a feature, try looking on YouTube for tutorials. I go there quite a bit when I'm stuck on a Photoshop thing. :-)

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You could try Gimp.  It's a free opensource program quite similar to Photoshop.

 

 

I was going to suggest that as well, as I have students who tell me they use it, but it is a raster editing program akin to Photoshop.  

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https://inkscape.org/en/about/overview/

 

Inkscape is open source and an actual full vector program, not just an art program that has some vector features like Gimp or Draw. If you're looking for something you can use online, Janvas is the best in-browser software I've found, but if you have the option to download and install a program, Inkscape is going to give you a lot fuller toolkit and better usability.

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